Our Flagship programme supports environmental awareness and provides a platform that encourages both young and old to learn more about organic propagation of vegetable seedlings and permaculture.
Nursery at Tsiba:
The man project operated by Mhani Gingi is a nursery for vegetable seedlings. A once unused piece of land in Pinelands, Cape Town was turned into a productive incubator space in 2009.
The Nursery is being used many ways, benefiting both network members and Cape Flat Communities within which Mhani Gingi Works.
Today, the Nursery consists of several greenhouses, cultivation plants, flowers, trees, and thousands of organically propagated vegetable seedlings as well as a vegetable garden.
The programme is divided into three distinct focus areas:
“Use what you have to attract and keep what you need” – It is of utmost importance to utilize every possible available space to produce nutritious food. This practice has worked very well for Mhani Gingi and thanks to the generous donation of seedlings from Pick n Pay, it is being extended into communities via unused grounds at local schools, hospitals, prisons, and even office parks in the Cape Flats.
By promoting better nutritional practices at all levels as well as programmes that enhance direct and immediate access to food by the neediest, Mhani Gingi places the emphasis on “Prevention is better than cure.”
It is hoped that as school children and communities are taught how to produce and eat healthy food, more and more opportunistic diseases, caused by lack of nutrition, will be eradicated.
Plant Tissue Laboratory
A plant tissue laboratory set up for Mhani Gingi will not only provide a platform for plant propagation to support the network’s vegetable gardens and nutrition projects but will also provide training in scientific procedures for township learners.. This helps them make a transition to further qualification at tertiary institutions and also to job in the private sector.
Mhani Gingi and ID Mkhize High School collaborated to create a vegetable garden with a sprinkler system which was donated by Pick n Pay Foundation. Soroptimist International Cape of Good Hope Clubalso donated sprinklers to Goodwood Presbyterian Church Social Care Grden and St Gabriel Catholic Church Social Care in Gugulethu. Old Mutual Group Schemes, Pollsmoor and Mithcells Plain Correctional Services also joined in, starting the Old Mutual School Gardening Initiative.