I received an email a week ago from Johannes, a german exchange student hoping to find a buyer for fresh produce grown at a community farming project in Belhar. YES!!!!!
I sometimes wonder at the marvel of the universe and how these things just come to you when you ask for them. With the expansion into our 3rd canteen we were looking for a new farming project to support and purchase veg from.
I arranged for them to come visit the TFG Pure Good Canteen and bring along some of their harvest for us to purchase. It was a total of 600g of mint, doesn’t seem like a lot, but to them it was a great achievement. The first sale from their amazing initiate started way back in 2011. This is a collaboration of students from CPUT, Jenna University (Germany) and TU Delft (Netherlands) to set up an aquaponic farm to produce and sell vegetables and support the community centre in Belhar.
This is an excerpt from their project overview:
CPUT has been working with impoverished communities by introducing renewable energy projects that favours the upliftment of such communities.
Together with students, technicians, lecturers, industry, (non)-government and communities we strive to facilitate the introduction and growth of this project.
1. Package this unit in a manner that the community assists with the development of the project. – At this stage CPUT is already engaging with the Belhar Community Centre where a prototype is being installed and tested.
2. Develop training about the product and assembly to the unskilled labour and community. – Use community centres as an educational, labour and living lab facility.
At the community centre toddlers and after care for scholars are taken care of and by introducing renewable energy projects at such communities this can grow new generations of energy efficient pioneers. We at the CPUT are embarking on projects that we can take to these lower levels of educational institutions by introducing meaningful and self sustaining projects that can benefit the ever increasing demand of a struggling community.
So what do we need? We want to help the project get off to a running start! It takes a long time to get a seed to seedling and so we would like to raise some money to purchase a whole bunch of seedlings for the farm to plant now, and by end of Jan 2018 have a harvest ready for sale!
If you would like to donate to this amazing project and help start a sustainable income source for the community then simply CLICK HERE to donate via our BackaBuddy Fundraising Page!