After almost nine years of working together, this co-operative of 5 women, operate adjacent to the Manyangana High School in Utah. They lease a portion of land from the school where they grow quality herbs, vegetables and edible flowers which are sold to surrounding game lodges, retailers in the Hoedspruit area and of course, to their local community members.
The Thornybush Projects, along with support from a variety of other donating organisations, is helping the co-operative in a number of areas including business strategy, financial and administrative support, sales and marketing efforts, logistics and infrastructure development.
To date we have assisted in increasing their shade cloth covered growing areas, built a washing and packing facility, a cold-storage building with bathrooms and an attached market-type retail facility. In addition, we have facilitated the drilling of a new borehole with storage tanks as well as fitted rainwater harvesting systems off some of the school buildings. We have also assisted with a seedling nursery which allows the garden to now propagate more of their own seedlings, ultimately saving costs for their business.
Our intention through this facilitation is that ultimately this garden will grow into a sustainable, self-funding and independent business that is able to sell fresh vegetables to the greater Utah community, in addition to the customers it already serves. We are proud to say that Thousand Herbs is not far off this mark.
Future projects under consideration include:
- Constructing a rammed earth building for further storage
- Upgrading to a Farm stall feel, offering passes by the opportunity to enter and enjoy a cold drink whilst waiting for their produce to be picked.