The Vulamathuba Empumelelo Learning Centre Garden started in the middle of last year, is thriving. Months of planting, weeding, watering and general care for the food garden produced various healthy vegetables for the community to consume. This culminated in a market day where community members could purchase organic vegetables. The money raised through the selling of the vegetables will help it become self-sustainable.

Variety of Vegetables and Future Plans
Among the vegetables sold were carrots and spinach. Once the red cabbage, green cabbage and green peppers were ready, they were also sold to the public. As the harvesting continues, more vegetables are being planted. The gardeners are ready and looking forward to using their skills for the next batch.

An Inclusive Gardening Community
According to the food garden facilitator, Noluvo Mbiko, said, “It felt very good to see everyone working together and to see the fruits of our labour”.
During February, new seeds will be sown; all experienced and aspiring gardeners are welcome to join the team. “This and other gardens at Communicare’s complexes, builds relationships and strengthens communities, while living healthier and enjoying organic meals,” says coordinator, Ashleigh Lawrence.

Get involved!
Anyone interested in joining this programme can contact Ashleigh at 021 421 6008 or