Grahamstown Gardening Initiative. Town. Community development. Special education. Basic Education. Food security. Extension 7. Extension 2. Online. Business skills training. The whole picture (we’ll come back to this). Basic skills. Documentation. Storytelling. Outreach.
Business skills training
The whole picture (we’ll come back to this)
Breakdown of old funding mechanisms, for a variety of reasons, including…
Project exhaustion & failure
Too many initiatives, not enough embedding and growth.
People don’t have the time to sustain a network, so things become unintentionally isolated.
Broken capital- and paperwork-accumulation focus from government
We cannot all be financially sustainable, nor should we be. AIDS drugs are expensive, and it is misguided to imagine hospices should be earning this capital when their core business is palliative care.
Underutilisation due to difficult logistics
People don’t want to take risks, so focus on their core concern. This leads to an underutilisation of local resources (see later example).
Hub locations will gather information and spread resources
Organisations will be connected to similar organisations within the project
Each organisation will have set documentation, informational or practical tasks with other organisations (outside their own hub)
FTS will provide seedlings, seeds and educational resources, and will help organisations to motivate for additional non-monetary resources (such as structural materials, seedling trays, etc)
Umthathi site as an information hub and support provider to those sites in its immediate vicinity which are undertaking garden initiatives linked to FTS (Inkululeko at Ntsika and King David’s Youth Rehabilitation Programme)
Once the land behind Umthathi has been drained, this large space of land could be used to provide members of the local community, and those individuals involved with the Initiative, with a garden plot of their own, or with plots that can be shared between small groups of people.
As Umthathi is already a gardening organisation with permanent gardening staff, the site could act as a gardening support space for those other organisations in the vicinity undertaking the Garden Initiative.
Single on-site initiative member
Interaction with similar organisations
Site (non-school) gardens
Working together (examples)
Often these skills are not trained or supported, leading to the ‘beadwork trap’
Sustainable income generation requires more than just a way to make money.
Remediating failure before it happens – don’t let that first moment of giving up in disillusion happen. In order for a business to thrive, the entrepreneur requires skills such as:
Integration into funding objectives
Overall objective is to get running funding from a combination of sources (EPWP, CWP, corporate CSI).
In all of these cases, underutilisation of funds is frequent (mostly because of poor reporting standards or a lack of trust). We can circumvent this through the group approach.
Mostly sources do not fund because it represents a risk. Through the network, we can provide ways to maximise funding impact, therefore ensuring compliance with King III and legal standards.
Underutilised local resources
Was it easy to link the course material to curriculum material?
Has there been an effect on the student’s understanding of… Natural Science | Life Orientation | Mathematics | English
Has your teaching developed as a result of the project?
Do you think the project will positively affect the student’s results?
Have you learnt from the project?
How interested are the students in the garden work?
Are they willing to put in extra time after class?
Are other children in the school showing interest in the project?
Have you spoken to colleagues from other schools about this project?
Have other teachers within your school displayed interest in the project?
Have you had feedback from parents or the community?
Have you created your own garden at home?
Have you given seeds to anyone?
If not, is there anybody you want to give seeds to?
Have you spoken to other people at school about your work?
Have you spoken to family members about your work?
Have you spoken to adults in your community about your work?