WHY THIS SUBJECT?
FARMING: Almost half of our brothers and sisters in the country do not know where their next meal will come from. Many children experience hunger. One of the best ways to address this is to teach people to grow their own food. This re-instates human dignity and teaches values such as hard work paying off, independency and sustainability.
Amazing Graces has partnered with Foundations for Farming (FfF), a Christian organisation based in Zimbabwe, whose purpose is to serve God by teaching people how to produce their own food and get out of poverty. Their key values are 1. Faithful stewardship of the land and 2. Giving unselfishly in order to receive.
COOKING: South Africa ranks in the top 20 countries worldwide in terms of undernutrition. The negative effects of under-nutrition entrench poverty and inequality. Children who are undernourished perform poorly at school, get sick easier and cannot keep up with physical demands.
The main cause of under-nutrition in South Africa is that poor people cannot afford to buy the food they need. Also mothers have little knowledge about nutritional food and often will buy junk food. The produce from the vegetable gardens can feed the family. Extra produce can be preserved and/or used in creative recipes. This opens up new possibilities for economic progress, such as home industries, tea gardens or even selling at markets or stalls.
LEVEL 1: Module 1: Introduction to vegetable farming; Home gardens – how to start; Vegetable gardens – theory and practice (summer and winter gardens); Staple crops: the maize plot; Compost heap
Module 2: Cooking and preserving: Introduction to Cooking and Food preservation; Basic meals from your vegetable garden – recipes; Preserving; Baking; Left-overs
LEVEL 2: Module 1: Vegetable gardening (advanced): 1. Establishing commercial gardens/community training gardens: Practical training 3 days at African Blessings: Day 1: Planting vegetable gardens; Day 2: Crop management; pest and disease control; weeding; water and mulch management; continuous plant management; Day 3: Harvest management: rotation planning; plant and crop nutrition.
Module 2: Basic house-keeping: Good nutrition; Healthy cooking; Herbs: cultivation and uses (medication); Hygiene; Cleaning tips.
LEVEL 3: Module 1: Diversifying farming practices: Herbs; Flowers; Chickens; Bee-keeping. Small-scale commercial farming: Markets and marketing; loan structures
Module 2: Looking after your family.