community and permaculture should go hand in hand every little helps
“The Government had a plan like this, but it failed,” Ntombenhle tells me. “One Home, One Garden won’t fail in Mpophomeni,” she adds determinedly. It certainly won’t if Ntombenhle has anything to do with it!
It has long been her dream to turn Mpophomeni into a flourishing food forest. She started in her own back yard, leading by example, then turned a dumping site into an astonishingly productive garden and now, in partnership with the African Conservation Trust is creating hundreds of new gardens every month. “The reason it didn’t work before was that the Government didn’t listen to the people, talk to them about what they needed. They just handed out tools and seeds and didn’t offer real advice and assistance.”
In August 2014, Ntombenhle and a band of volunteers began work on clearing the piles of plastic, glass and builders rubble on the corner of Mhlongo and…
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