Gardens For Growth

Aquacraft has partnered with the Siyakhana Growth and Development Project. The initiative is called ‘Garden for Growth’ and its purpose is to help communities transform plots of land into productive vegetable growing gardens, stimulating entrepreneurial skills and boosting local economies.

South Africa is amid a food insecurity crisis and founder of Siyakhana, Prof Michael Rudolph recognised an agent that uproots old ideas and changes how we think, learn and practice urban farming was needed. Siyakhana started in 2005 and unequivocally achieved all of this. It offers a complete multi-disciplinary approach incorporating training, technology, hands on planting, waste management in both food and environment amongst other disciplines. Eventually, the project has become the platform on which other initiatives have been launched.

The Food Garden

The Siyakhana food garden is regarded as one of the most successful urban food gardens in wider Johannesburg, as well as a hallmark of intersectoral collaboration. From this platform the initiative has spread its wings into other areas with the launch of a few initiatives including:

  • A hub at the University of Johannesburg –the 6 500 students being a community themselves – food gardens are being set up on all campuses including an aquaponics system.
  • Midrand project in Randjiesfontein – a financially viable and sustainable project that in just nine months is already training, planting, harvesting and selling. Staff come from nearby Tembisa and will be the main custodians when the founding team withdraw.
  • Exxaro partnership where Exxaro committed to providing for mining communities in the areas where mines have closed, and food gardens have been established. Exxaro have also been instrumental in gardens for seven schools in Tshwane.

So far Aquacraft has donated garden tools, general tools, a container, generator and we will be donating two bikes and two gazebos.

Since its inception in 2005 Siyakhana has achieved:

  • Transforming a dumpsite into a flourishing garden that produces a range of foods and medicinal plants.
  • Transforming mindsets with regards to health and nutrition whilst practicing proper food safety, personal hygiene and sanitation. l Transforming unemployment into entrepreneurial opportunities and employment whilst providing training and skills.
  • Transforming entrenched attitudes into sustainable practices by conserving water and other natural resources.

Under the Aquacraft banner is a range of garden hand tools, watering equipment, cutting and pruning products, offering garden enthusiasts products that are innovative, functional and ergonomically stylish.

When consumers choose to purchase an Aquacraft product, they choose to be part of this solution. It is a 360° initiative, where everyone takes part, from retailers to consumers. The more we sell the more we able to contribute.

To help support this project, purchase an Aquacraft product online at www.matus.co.za or at any of the Matus dealers or branches.

The Gardener