The main project operated by Mhani Gingi is the organic Herb and Vegetable Seedling Nursery. The Mhani Gingi Nursery follows and champions the principles of EEC: Education, Enterprise, and Consumption. Education is essential for success, as it ensures the sustainability and long-term effects of an effort. A person who has been educated with business or financial skills as well as the technicalities of gardening is far more capable of establishing a productive garden which will enable them to be self-sufficient. The principle of Enterprise dictates that the Nursery should provide employment and business opportunities as well as promoting the growing of food for consumption.
The Nursery consists of several gardening tunnels, a hot house, 3 ‘Wendy houses’ for tool storage, an office, a training facility, as well as planting beds for the cultivation of vegetables. A brand new containerised agri-processing unit delivered in May 2021 is equipped for the cutting, preparation and processing of produce harvested from the Mhani Gingi community gardens. This unit stands alongside other tunnels which house the African Grower compact urban self-growing food system that is distributed in the homes of beneficiaries in the greater Cape Town area. A vertical herb garden made of recycled containers permits people in wheelchairs to participate in gardening.
Thousands of herb and vegetable seedlings propagated in the hot house supply the community gardens supervised by Mhani Gingi and the seedlings, vegetables, herbs, plants and crafts are also sold at markets in Cape Town for income.
The Mhani Gingi Nursery is used in many ways to benefit both network members and the Cape Flats communities within which Mhani Gingi works.