Launched in 2019, the Living Soils Community Learning Farm is an initiative between partners Woolworths, Spier and the Sustainability Institute.
The learning farm is situated in Lynedoch, Stellenbosch and will demonstrate ecologically-restorative methods to grow nutrient-rich foods to improve community food security.
An important goal of the farm is the provision of training and learning that empowers emerging, young farmers with the skills to tackle food insecurity and youth unemployment.
Woolworths provided funding of R4.4 million for a three year period, Spier contributed three hectares of land and farming equipment and the Sustainability Institute and its AgroEcology Academy will host and drive the project with a dedicated Project Manager, and conduct research as the project progresses.
During August 2019 the first seedlings were planted, and the first harvest took place in November 2019. AgroEcology Academy graduates Phutuma Mgu, Thandiwe Mtyingizani, Vuyolwethu Zicina and Sindiswa Mdodana are part of the project, supported by programme manager Rirhandzu Marivate.
Over the next three years, this pilot project will be carefully documented to ensure that it can be replicated successfully in other communities.