Community Conservation

Mobilising communities to care for the earth

This project involves various grassroots initiatives in the Gouritz area, mobilising over 100 community members and volunteers in community clean-up campaigns, tree planting events, promotion of sunstoves, growing own vegetables, etc.

news from the community conservation project

Community food garden project in Vanwyksdorp

Community food garden project in Vanwyksdorp

11/10/17
 On the 17th October 2017 Andre Britz went to purchase a few seedlings for the gardeners in Vanwyksdorp from Kobus se Kwekery and as he was paying, he told the story of the community gardens in this little town. It is then that Kobus decided to donate 1400 seedlings to the KOS IN DIE KAROO project. Andre had a meeting with the gardeners at 5pm in order to share the seedlings and plan for the next month. There were 15 gardeners at the meeting. There is a need to put some structure into place as the movement is gaining momentum. Two leaders were chosen to coordinate the project: Melvin Oosthuizen and he will be assisted by Rika. Seedlings were handed out. A decision was taken to hold a gathering every first Tuesday of each month. The aim of the monthly gathering is to share knowledge and to do demos.  Ideally every month there should be a new garden or two. Read more in the 
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Kos in die Karoo - one year later

Kos in die Karoo - one year later

9/23/17
This project was initiated in September 2016.  It has gone a full circle and we have some positive results - albeit slowly.  We had a very optimistic beginning and initiated nine food gardens.  The movement seemed to have lost its momentum.  It is possible that everyone was waiting for someone to take control.  The aim of this project is to encourage community sustainability and cooperation.  On September 7th we visited some of the gardens which had been prepared for the meeting.  All the gardens that had been prepared had used the NO DIG method.  Most of the gardens planted last September were still doing well, despite the drought. One of the houses had a large heap of dried grass and manure.  This house had organically become a site where materials can be picked up.  This was donated by a local farmer; this is the beginnings of sustainable mechanisms. We met at the Church grounds where some of the gardeners planted their vegetables. There was clear evidence of the difference it makes to put the cardboard at the bottom.  The weeds grew madly around the treated areas. These gardeners will use the opportunity to sell vegetables to the community.  People can buy vegetables and choose which ones they would like. 
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