The garden has provided the team with three harvests since its inception in March 2020. The first and second harvests of umchina in April both benefitted seven households. The maintenance of the garden was managed during the lockdown and all challenges with pests and watering were overcome.
The third harvest occurred in May 2020 and benefitted 12 households. In the next few weeks, the garden will yield spinach, tomatoes, chillies and green peppers with long- term crops coming in about two months. The team has been able to produce two litres of earthworm ‘tea’ with their earthworm system and will soon harvest up to 20 kg of earthworm castings that will be used to fertilise the garden.
The harvested food has directly benefitted approximately 80 people. Due to the lockdown, the team has not been able to solicit donations. The leadership among team members has been exemplary as they have been accountable and responsible even during the lockdown.
Individuals in the team have started implementing many of the organic gardening principles at their homes and are very eager to expand on the existing systems.
In the lockdown period, the team also experimented with and implemented permaculture principles in his organic systems. He is actively working with earthworms and will soon have a fully functional earthworm system. He is also exploring setting up his home organic composting systems, as compost is an expensive commodity in Limpopo, and is hoping to develop a viable sustainable system that can fertilise his own organic food growing. He also wants to diversify what he is growing to add to his existing crops of spinach, umchina, sweet potato and tomatoes.