The garden provides the clients with a healthy creative outlet, ensuring their holistic well-being throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The garden workers were able to continue working throughout the pandemic which resulted in a population displaying better life satisfaction as opposed to their fellow clients who were ward-bound. The garden provides the opportunity to work within a supportive environment by becoming an income-generating member within the hospital setting, this valuable association to fulfilling this role of boosting their self-worth, improves their communication abilities and overall results in positive social interactions.
Furthermore, by giving the clients the opportunity to fulfil the role of provider, they have shown a greater interest in long-term saving, as the stipends they are receiving contributes to the money they take home when being granted extended leave to their families or saving for something they want dearly.
The focus on soil regeneration and pesticide-free farming with organic principles allows for development of the soil with a focus on land sustainability as essential aspect of the Spring Foundation’s holistic approach. A sound market- place has been established. Some of our key clients are Oranjezicht City Farm and Market Day , PEDI - Philippi Economic Development Initiative , Umthunzi, Pesto Princess and UCOOK. We recently expanded the packing shed (thanks to the Department of Agriculture and Casidra SOC Ltd. and Food & Trees for Africa via Checkers Shoprite South Africa) to act as a central hub for the value chain in collecting market supply and finding offtake agreements to sell onwards.
We were honoured to receive a visit from the Western Cape minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer, based on the feedback from his department on how well the project is run. The project, with its recovery goals, is seen as a model to be used to promote ideal protocols and practices for both the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Western Cape Department of Health.