Help us build a fence!

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The Thornybush Collection supports various community initiatives and projects in the areas surrounding their game lodges. One of these projects is the Thousand Herbs and Vegetable Garden in Utah, a community near Hoedspruit.

You can read more about what this incredible group of 9 hard-working women do, but in short, they grow vegetables, herbs and edible flowers which they sell to the surrounding game lodges and the local community.

The gardens sit on land owned by the Manyangana High School. This land was underutilized by the school, and offered to the co-operative. A massive amount of work has gone into making the very dry and sandy soil nutrient rich and able to sustain growing vegetables and herbs.

The business has been growing from strength to strength, but over the past few months it's become increasingly clear that the garden needs to be properly fenced in if it's going to be able to manage the next growth phase of the business.

Quotes for a 425m fence are around R450 000, which is proving to be just beyond the reach of the current donors, so we're turning to you for help.

If you'd like to donate to this cause, you can do it online at BackABuddy, or you can use the banking details below.

Standard Bank

Inzalo Community Project

Account # 422136190

Branch Code: 01920

Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

Ref: Fencing

If you own a company and would like to donate material then please get in touch so that we can sort out the logistics of this. By donating to this cause, you're helping a small business towards long-term sustainability

I proper fence will help with the following:

  • Prevent free-roaming cattle from getting in and eating produce
  • The fence will help with a bigger yield through less produce lost to cattle and theft
  • Verticle garden opportunities on the fence itself
  • The fenced in area will formalise the space the co-operative works on, allowing them to fully utilise every inch of the land available to them.
  • School children are inquisitive, but many of them don't realise that they cause damage when they come and see what is going on in the gardens. With a formal fence and just one point of entry from the school, the damage the children do will be greatly limited.
  • Opportunists and thieves are faced with a very feeble barrier at the moment, so a fence would help to secure the gardens against produce and equipment being stolen.

The entire community will see the benefits of this garden becoming a sustainable, going concern. Offering employment and a local source of affordable, healthy, nutritous food – donating to this cause will go a long way in helping to lift this community out of poverty.


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Saturday, 15 December 2018