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God's Golden Acre Vegetable Garden

This garden project will be implemented in Cato Ridge, South Africa in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, one of the areas most impacted worldwide by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The garden will be built for a group of 60 children living at the God’s Golden Acre children’s home, established to care for children whose lives have been impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This garden project will serve to teach gardening, from seed to harvest, as well as to provide a source for fresh, organically grown vegetables.

In addition to the significant roles of increasing agricultural knowledge and hunger alleviation, this project will also have a role as a beautification project. In an area where much of the focus is placed on daily survival, aesthetic elements do not play a significant role when it comes to the surrounding environment. This project can help to inspire creativity and create a beautiful setting for those that have the opportunity to see it.

Gardens will be constructed using old tires, stacked and painted, creating colorful raised beds. The earthen material in this part of the world consists mostly of red clay, which can be rather tough and nutrient poor.  Compacted clay can create a solid layer impenetrable by root systems, prohibiting plant growth. The project design used here shall take advantage of recycled materials to create raised beds, which can then be filled with soft, nutrient-rich compost. The height of such beds will allow for a variety of vegetables to be grown.

Where it's at:

6 Killarney Valley Road
Cato Ridge
South Africa

Garden type:

orphanage garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

children and families

Number of people reached:


What this project needs:

watering hose

Project leaders:

Susan L. Risko
Julie Matheney

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KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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