Our Composting Workshops are great in that they provide us with nutrient rich organic compost to use for growing our own food.
Thrive supports and implements community gardens to feed the community and encourage healthy living lifestyles and at the same time creating economic growth through business development and employment.
Currently a total of eight gardens are growing scrumptious vegetables which are also sold to Thrive Hout Bay Farmers Market which is held every Saturday at Valley Farmstall.
In partnership with schools and local community actions, like Grow Local, Thrive Hout Bay co-organises and assists where needed to invite the whole 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.
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.
Hout Bay High
The Hout Bay High Garden is successfully driven and led by teach Naomi Julius.
Who makes every effort along with the eco hero students in ensuring their school not just only produces a good surplus of vegetables to be harvested for the weekly Hout Bay Farmers Market but that they also continuously work towards the five Thrive pillars.
They currently have three gardens at the school in Hangberg, at the Police Station and at a Farm along Disa River. The most popular produce they grow and harvest is beetroot but they also grow various other produce such as onions, lettuce, spinach and kale to name a few.
Sentinel Primary’s garden has both vegetable patches and Fruit & Nut trees on an embankment with other indigenous water wise plants.
This school garden is still in its beginning stages and will require additional community support to ensure it will grow and provide produce to be harvested for use by the community and supply the Hout Bay Farmers Market.
The garden at Silikamva High was implemented for use by the school in their feeding scheme.
During 2016 there was additional support and implementation of a box garden by Camps Bay Scout Group and was done as a revival and to increase the produce for harvest to sell at the Hout Bay Farmers Market.
Ikhaya Le Themba
Ubuntu 4 All
In December 2015 a group of girls who were school drop outs were encouraged with the idea of learning a new skill and producing food to feed families with the space available at Ubuntu 4 All Cafe to start a garden.
The Ubuntu 4 All garden at DARG was started as part of the process of healing and reintroducing young men as previous gangsters into the community and giving them an opportunity to do good by starting and working in the garden to help feed their families and having excess produce to sell to the Hout Bay Farmers Market so that they are able to earn an income.