Mirriam lives in Nganini – a section within the township of Khayeltisha, a place filled with unemployment, poverty, and need. Mirriam lives here with her family and works hard to put food on the table and provide for them. She has been gardening since 2006, but has always had a difficult time growing enough vegetables to allow her family to eat full meals. A lack of space as well as gardening with very poor soil has, in the past, resulted in many crop failures, producing discouragement in Mirriam.
However, she recently had the opportunity to participate in an Orchard: Africa Food & Agriculture course that took place through her local church. At this course she learned best practice methods for creating a sustainable garden, as well as how to maximize her limited space through vertical farming techniques.
Since completing the course earlier this year, Mirriam’s passion for gardening has been ignited again. When her family does not have meat to eat, which is often, the vegetables from her garden allows her to still provide them with a nourishing meal. Additionally, Mirriam has started to sell her extra produce – especially carrots – at the market. She uses that money to provide other necessities for her family.
Mirriam is maximizing the small space she has by using raised beds, Orchard: Africa’s Farm-in-a-Bag as well as other vertical farming methods taught. Mirriam has always had the passion to provide for her family – now she also has practical skills to make this provision a way of life. She is passing down her knowledge to her children, helping to create a sustainable future for her family. Mirriam is but one of many Orchard: Africa success stories. Your partnership with Orchard: Africa makes life change like this possible.