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South Africa: Wonder women grow vegetables and each other

The group of women tending the veggie garden work tirelessly to ensure a good harvest.

A gardening project has grown into a sustainable food source for families in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

By Lloyd MacKenzie
Highway Mail
Dec 11, 2017

Excerpt:

One woman’s dream of helping to empower others has grown and flourished in 10 years and now ensures that more than 250 people have food in their bellies before they go to bed at night.

Ten years ago, Lydia Hlope started feeding more than 150 adults and children in the KwaNyuswa area with vegetables from a community garden they named Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Project in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

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Saanich, British Columbia, Food-garden Revolution

Homeowner and avid food gardener Sheila Jones checks out the juicy nectarines growing above her salad garden, planted at the bottom of the deck stairs. Photograph By Adrian Lam, Times Colonist [Sheila worked for City Farmer in 1987.]

Jones has transformed the 10,000-square-foot lot into a thriving vegetable and flower garden, growing everything from nectarine trees and espaliered peach trees to medieval plants used for medicinal purposes.

By Kim Westad
Times Colonist
Sept. 2, 2017

Excerpt:

The raised-bed garden now covers about 80 per cent of the backyard.

Jones grows what the family loves. Two-metre high artichokes are given prime real estate. The family lived in California for a time and love them.

“I love turning what we grow into great food for my family and friends.”

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