Residents of Grahamstown will soon have a new weekend source of locally grown fresh produce to add to their shopping options. In an exciting collaboration between three NGOs in Joza, the market will run on Fridays and Saturdays at the Assumption Development Centre (ADC) on the corner of Joza and Ncame streets, from 10:00 to 18:00, starting Friday 5th of December 2014.

The chemical-free vegetables are grown by members of the Linomtha Community Garden initiative under the auspices of the Umthathi Training Project in Joza. The vegetables will be harvested on the day of sale for maximum freshness and then transported by donkey cart to the ADC, thus adding to the eco-friendly credentials of the initiative.

Umthathi Training Project undertakes programmes to promote sustainable living among vulnerable groups and some of the most impoverished communities in rural and peri-urban areas of the Eastern Cape. The donkeys involved have been chosen from amongst those being assisted by the Farm Animal Centre for Education and will sport the new humane harnesses, designed by F.A.C.E to eliminate traction injuries and to make the carts easier to pull. The ADC is a skills training and small business development centre supported by Rhodes University, Makana Municipality and a number of local NGOs.

Many thanks to Wesbank funding that allowed Umthathi to train the gardeners,provide seeds for planting and building a new dam that pumps water to tanks using a solar pump.

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