Implementing a Phased Strategy on Food Security Garden

14 October, 2020

Phase 1: Composting & Theory

This is about the importance of composting and how to use an earthworm farm to break down organic waste material from the environment into compost that can enrich the nutrient value of the soil. The theory also focuses on the link between composting and waste management, and how composting can lead to saving money and making money, as participants can sell compost.

Green waste is collected by cutting plants and leaves from alien trees, dry brown waste paper, cardboard, straw and hay and wet brown waste from different types of animal waste. These ingredients are then layered to create the compost mix, which will decompose within three months into a denser, nutrient-rich supplement to add to the soil.

Phase 2: Land Preparation

Participants start to prepare the land to use as a food garden. This is hard work and teamwork plays a central role in getting the job done.

Phase 3: Garden Design

Preparing and enriching the soil with compost so that plants can grow in a conducive environment. Participants are also taught the core principles of permaculture design.

Phase 4: Planting

Putting seeds and young plants in the ground to grow. Caring for the garden by weeding and watering regularly until the plants are ready to harvest.

Phase 5: The Outcomes

The training, which follows permaculture design principles, includes both theory and practical skills.

Through this training, WOF teams and their families were enabled to harvest nutritious organic produce.

The teams have been able to donate harvested produce to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The gardens are a tremendous source of price for the team that have undergone the training.

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