702 visited the Dis-Chem Foundation Food Garden to learn about the many ways that this project is serving the community.
The food garden was started 5 years ago in response to increasing requests to the Foundation for the fundamental need of food.
The garden has grown into a farm, that has skilled up and now permanently employs over 30 people. In addition to donating fresh produce to dozens of NGOs, feeding schemes and creche’s each week, it has become a community facility for various other stakeholders too.
Dischem Foundation decided to create this garden to help the less fortunate who would at times go bed without eating.— Lebogang Malinga, manager of the Dis-Chem Foundation Farm
We're using this project to address socio-economic issues. We also want to expose young black people to agriculture and hopefully have them consider it as a career option.— Lebogang Malinga, manager of the Dis-Chem Foundation Farm
Earlier this year, 702 and the Dis-Chem Foundation visited the Ladies of Hope in Ennerdale to see the great work that their hospice and drug rehab was doing in that area. Ladies of Hope is one of the beneficiaries, who not only receive food, but the recovering drug addicts also go to the garden to volunteer, as they find healing, therapy and a sense of purpose in this place.
There are now three drug rehab centres who are using the garden for this purpose. There are also individuals who are mentally and physically disabled who come to the food garden to enjoy working the earth.
There are agricultural students and even an MBA student who use the garden for their research and experience. School groups visit the garden to teach kids where their food comes from.
If you work with or know of an organisation that could benefit from the Dis-Chem Foundation’s food garden, nominate them for a Random Act of Kindness
This Sunday, the Dis-Chem Foundation Food Garden will be open to the public from 9am to 1pm, to harvest their own veggies. The proceeds from the veg will go back into the garden. Address: 23 Stag Road, midrand.