Edible Gardens: Utilising wasted land for vegetable production - improvingdiets, saving money and generating income
The Aims of Edible Gardens
The Edible Gardens project is one more way in which we work with communities, utilising what they have to hand to decrease hunger and poverty.
This project has five key aims:
- To educate householders on the links between diet and wellbeing, motivating them to grow and eat more vegetables
- To train householders to build and manage raised bed and bag gardens, and to build and maintain a compost pile
- To reduce the time and money householders spend at the market buying vegetables which they can grow themselves
- To generate an income to assist the household budget, enabling more household priorities to be met
- To instil curiosity within the wider community, encouraging others to learn about and copy the gardens for themselves
To date, we have trained nine householders across three communities, helping them to establish and maintain their own vegetable gardens out of previously wasted land.
In September 2017, three more householders in a fourth community will begin their Edible Gardens training.
The story doesn't end there, though. An additional 45 curious householders have been inspired to copy our work and establish their own edible gardens - and this number only continues to grow.
As well as creating a healthy source of food and income for the householders we have worked with, their social standing has also risen in their communities. This is because they are now a valuable source of information, with the skills and knowledge to help others around them.
In Mruki Community, a support group has even been established for those who have copied the idea of our Edible Gardens, providing a forum where they can advise and encourage each other.
Most importantly, this project has achieved three very important things for those households who have taken it on:
- Diets are being improved.
- Income is being generated.
- Money is being saved.
In short, our Edible Gardens project provides just one more step along the road towards zero hunger and decreased poverty.
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