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Engaging in Food Security in Port Elizabeth

Organic Footprints is passionate about buying into Food Security and Community Supported Agriculture. Over the last three years we have engaged in several projects, in getting small farmers off the ground to start supplying fresh produce and to get our local community to buy more and more into the IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS.

Up until now all the small mini farmers/growers have been those that support the middle to upper class niche markets of Port Elizabeth. The past few years our dedication lies in focusing more into Food Security in our local poorer communities.

(For more information on our Thoughts of Food Security see Community Outreach.)


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Missionvale Agri Team and Organic Footprints Join Forces: 

We  joined forces with Missionvale Care Centre in 2013, where at years end, with efforts of the Agri Team of 3 passionate individuals at the centre, managed to set up 40 gardens  at the Missionvale centre, as well as an additional 75 individual small gardens in and around the community.

The success rate of the established gardens is very high, with only very few falling to ruin. The statistics are very encourgaging as interest grows on a monthly basis by individuals stepping forward to take initiatives in planting gardens to feed their families. 


The project is still in its infant stages, but Organic Footprints aims each year to expand on the already established gardens, as well as to improve skills, soil and general growing conditions required by these growers. Primary objectives remain to feed each inidivdual family from their respective gardens. The Gardens at the Community Centre go towards the soup kitchen where members of the Community seeking nourishment may pay for their meal with recycling. Primary objectives include: teaching people to grow, showing how to improve soil conditions, general growing skills and knowledge, infrastructure to support gardens from rain & wind using material lying in the township i.e old tyres.



As the gardens increase in their respective conditions, they enter phase two, where the gardener grows enough to sell his surplus supply to friends and neighbours. Eventually we would like to establish a market, where all members may come and buy/sell their excess produce.

In the very big picture, Organic Footprints and the Agri Team will identify individual gardeners who have the ability to grow top quality produce, whereby they will run the established beds which will then be able to supply Organic Produce to Organic Footprints for Distribution, thereby earning higher prices for their efforts, while at the same time fulfilling a vital Food Security Initiative. 


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SUMMER 2014/2015

Organic Footprints Adds the Elukholweni Tunnel Project to Our Food Security Project.

While we continue to expand and develope the very successful Missionvale Garden Project this Summer, it is with great delight that we bring the Chelsea Farm School under our wing this Summer too. Along with other teams and sponsors, Organic Footprints with the aid of Sponsorship from our clients and Swiss friends, will work along side the ETP team to develop a Food garden project at the local farm school. This is an exciting new project which starts from scratch... Organic Footprints will be involved in donating seeds and seedlings and support to the project... we look forward to seeing it grow.                    

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Howes Construction Clears the ground at the school to pave the way for the Project. And the Core tunnel/centre is built. The intension or bigger picture is to create a learning environment for kids to enjoy the pleasures of growing, being in nature, and working with plants. Art, crafts, learning and planting will all be conducted at this centre. As the kids grow in the passion and knowledge in their chosen areas, assistance will be given to each individual to create his own garden and art space. We hope this knowledge will be taken home where they can start their own veggie gardens with our help!



By November 2015, under the leadership of Heaven-Sent Cindy Playdon and her tireless efforts, the Elukholweni Tunnel Project is a fabulous food garden. It provides the school children with fresh vegetables to the kitchens daily, as well as an area to learn, play, educate and love. Organic Footprints set up a provate nursery to produce seedling trays to the projects on a regular basis to ensure there is a constant supply of source seedlings coming into the project. The nursery is funded generously from Organic Footprints clients and from friends in Switzerland.


We continue to expand on this project and are very grateful for all donations, and individual and corporate enterprise who has made it all happen, and keeps making it happen.

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