Since our last update in November we're winding down the growing season in Africa as the end of summer approaches and we're preparing to re-plant in Vancouver as Spring approaches.
Through your generous and continued support and some sizable donations from local companies in Vancouver we've been able to maintain healthy and thriving gardens across the seasons. In Vancouver we are getting reading to plant again for the spring growing season, which seems to be coming a little late this year with a cold and snowy winter season coming to an end.
In Africa, in the Bergnek community we are finishing a very hot summer, which certainly presented it's own challenges with respect to water and how well the plants did in the heat. We are preparing the gardens for the winter and also looking to 'upgrade' the gardens in the spring (September) to adapt the walls to our new design used in the Vancouver gardens. This will enable to grow even more productively and conserve more water in our next growing cycle.
Over the past year over 200 families benefited from the gardens in Vancouver and Bergnek combined and as we mentioned in our last report we are looking to expand that dramatically over this coming year. With your support and the support of the organizations we partner with we will manifest new gardens in Canada, the United States and South Africa.
Help us to get other people involved in our Food Programs which provide a direct benefit for the children and families in the communites the gardens are grown in. Forward our reports and ask friends and family if they would like to support the My World In a Garden program.
Can you make a new donation today or perhaps set up a monthly or quarterly recurring donation? Please consider it and take action today. The women and children at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Bergnek are grateful for all of the support you have already given them.
Other ways of contributing: There are also opportunities for you to join us in Africa to build a garden with the community. Take a look at the EcoTravel link below for more information.
Thank you for your continued support of the women and children of the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre and Bergnek Communities and the My Arms Wide Open programs.
We are so excited and enthusiastic about the My World My Garden program. The My World My Garden program has proven to be very successful in both Vancouver and Bergnek this year. Each of the Vertical Food Garden Walls have been able to produce enough fresh veggies for 150 families each week during the growing season. In Bergnek, we are back into spring and the planting cycle to move the wall from it’s winter state back to full food production. We are looking forward to another great year and in fact, are hoping to increase the number of walls in Bergnek to a total of 6 walls by the end of 2015 that will have the capacity to feed 900 families in total. That capacity would provide for immediate needs as well as storing food for winter use.In Vancouver, at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, we have had a fantastic growing season and the wall provided fresh veggies for over 150 families each week and we are now preparing winter veggies for the wall and preparing the wall for winter in general.Here’s where we need your help: Next steps are for us to increase capacity in the Bergnek Community as well as a adding a new site in Phoenix, Arizona to support the local community in West Phoenix and to continue supporting the Vancovuer, Canada Vertical Food Garden Wall.Can you make a donation today and perhaps make it a recurring donation? The women and children at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Bergnek are grateful for all of the support you have given them.Thank you for your continued support of the women and children of the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre and Bergnek Communities and the My Arms Wide Open programs.
My World My Garden, Ray-Cam Cooperative, Vancouver Update
The Ray-Cam wall is growing and we are getting donations starting to come in, including corporate donations, which is exciting, as it will allow us to build more walls in Africa sooner.
The Ray-Cam wall is now producing enough food for 150 families and we still have food left over which is being prepared for winter use when the wall will be dormant. Speaking of the winter in Vancouver, we are investigating what plants we can grow as far into the winter season as possible and will update you on that in fall report. Take a look at the pictures to see how well the wall is doing.
My World In a Garden, Bergnek, Limpopo, South Africa Update
Our garden in Bergnek was doing quite well until recently when the community pump which the local municipality was taking care of broke down. Unfortunately they would not commit to a date to get the pump operational and we had to jump in and get the pump repaired. Take a look at our 'One Brick at a Time' project here on GlobalGiving to find out what we've done to find a more reliable and sustainable solution for the water needs in Bergnek, by creating partnerships.
The good news is now that we have restored water to the community we are also ready to re-plant the wall and get food growing again by September. It is the winter season in Bergnek right now, so we had a break in the growing season and are looking forward to getting all of our plants growing again as the spring rainy season begins again for late 2013, allowing us to end the year producing food again.
Our second Vertical Food Wall at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre is built and we are busy getting ready to get the plants in the wall containers for our official launch of the wall set for 10:00am June 5, 2013.
There is a new garden in the Vancouver, DTES community! “Warren’s Wall” is a unique vertical vegetable garden, built by My Arms Wide Open® (MAWO), to support the food program at Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Like its “sister food walls” in South Africa, Warren’s Wall will bring focus to community, food security and family. It will provide a special learning opportunity for the children and youth at Ray-Cam to work side-by-side with the Centre’s seniors to plant, maintain and harvest the vertical garden. Other members of the Ray-Cam community will not only benefit from the garden’s harvests but will take joy in watching it grow. A portion of each harvest during the growing season will be canned or frozen for use in the Fall and Winter.
Our garden has room for 2,500 individual plants and we need your help to make it grow and flourish.
Be a member of the Carrot Club! For as little as $15 every 3 months, you can adopt one plant. Or, you can adopt several! You can also choose a one-time donation in any amount you wish, or you may wish to become a special “Warren’s Wall Founding Patron” for $1,000.
Visiting the wall: You can visit the wall in Vancouver by checking in with the staff at the Ray-Cam (920 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6A 3T1) who will be happy to show you around.
To set up your quartely recurring donation or make a new donation please visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/my-world-in-a-garden/
Quarterly donations on-line will repeat on an ongoing basis. You will receive a tax receipt for the total amount of your donations in the previous year in February of the year following. You may cancel at any time.
Each donor will also be credited with a plant in MAWO’s other vertical food walls in Bergnek and Cradock, two tiny rural communities in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The gross proceeds from your donation will be split evenly between Ray-Cam and MAWO for ongoing support of the vertical food walls.
A Special 'Thank you!' to our Vancouver Community Partners
Our newest Wall at the Ray-Cam Community Cooperative could not have been possible without the tremendous support of our Vancouver Community partners including: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the City of Vancouver/Vancouver Foundation, Strathcona 1890: Urban Seed Project, Twin Lions Contracting, In-Form Engineering, Reliable Electric, UBC Civil Engineering and Craig Yates, a young structural fabricator, who did all the welding of the wall for us.
Please keep spreading the word and if you can sponsor one or more of the plants in the walls on a quarterly basis. The quarterly donations keep the walls growing and new projects budding in each of the Ray-Cam and Bergnek Communities. To set up your quartely recurring donation or make a new donation please visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/my-world-in-a-garden/
Thank you for your continued support!
Good News!! The next My World My Garden vertical vegetable garden wall is about to take shape.
In conjunction with the support and funding we have received from you, our wonderful donors, we also took the step to apply for a grant from the Vancouver Foundation up in Vancouver, British Columbia, to keep the project moving and 'growing'.
The good news is that in December 2012 we were awarded $10,000 towards building the Sister Wall to our My World In a Garden, Bergnek community vertical vegetable garden that we completed in October 2012 and talked about in our last report.
Right now we are in the planning stages of the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre vertical vegetable garden and will have the specific location on the Ray-Cam site selected by February 15th. We will then be finalizing the construction schedule working with the Ray-Cam staff, youth and their families and are looking forward to brining you our next update as we progress and the Vancouver Sister Wall is completed.
The funding we have to date has certainly allowed us to move forward, however we still need your support. Please pass the word around, get friends involved, and get involved directly if you choose to, as a volunteer and experience it for yourself.
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