Thrive offers a consulting service, free of charge upon request, to local school and community food gardens. In Schools: Some of these are on school properties which has the added benefit of offering a practical demonstration accessible to school children so as to teach them about growing food as part of their Sustainable Schools Curriculum. In Communities: Thrive’s intention is to build up a Sustainable Communities model in Imizamo Yethu, through which community members might enjoy the same proximity to gardens in order to learn about practices involved in growing their own food. The Local Food and Biodiversity Supervisor offers the following workshops on request, funding allowing:
- Composting and Worm Farm Workshop
- Seed Sowing and Seedling-planting Workshop
- Permaculture Practices – trenching green waste, drip irrigation, mulching, propagation, circular beds, the use of found items and recyclable materials to create container gardens, indigenous garden plants
- Biodiversity workshop: Teaches the value of indigenous plants, promotion of biodiversity in home and school gardens. Good health and nutrition, Medicinal uses and long-remembered home remedies; Fire retarding plants and water wise gardening to beautify spaces at no cost.
- Thrive collects a seed bank of 3 000 heirloom organic seeds with a variety of 30 types from donors willing to share them. Community members and school children are taught to value heirloom seeds and shown how to plant, germinate and care for their plants.
Past Local Food Projects:
In partnership with schools and local community actions Thrive co-organises and assists where needed to invite the community to come together to donate plants, learn to prepare and plant and, in so doing, have an opportunity of networking and making a difference. Past examples of Dig-Ins that Thrive has supported are those organized by Hout Bay Grow Local at Istha Farm and at Ikahaya le Themba. Thrive has organized two Dig-Ins in partnership with Sentinel Primary which have been a great success. Download articles: