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Kibbutz El-Shammah Garden

Our garden is one of the projects of Kibbutz El-Shammah. The Kibbutz was founded twenty years ago, and is a non-profit organization working into the previously disadvantaged community of Roodewal. The organization was started out of the New Life Gang Project to address the consequences of gangsterism, substance abuse and social decay. See our web: Kibbutz El-Shammah.

Our vegetable garden has been neglected over the past few years. We are trying to bring it back to life. We have recently been given seeds and garden equipment as well as compost and this is a great boost. The men in our Change Makers Program, who have come off drugs and left the gangs, have adopted this garden. The garden offers opportunity for these men to reconnect with the soil, working hard and seeing the fruit of their labor. Our two present needs are a protective fence and a reliable water system. The wire fence that we have been using does not protect our crops. The wire fence will often get stolen and sold to get money for drugs. Then without the protection, the vegetables are stolen. This is very discouraging. We really need a strong fence.

Where it's at:

Neethling Street
South Africa

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community garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

unemployed people and children

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Project leaders:

Erena van de Venter
Mia Heradien

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
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(207) 956-0606