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Project Report | Jun 25, 2019
Topsy Provides Seeds for Life

By Sarah du Toit | Development Manager

Paul working on his farm
Paul working on his farm

Topsy partners with communities in and around the crossroads of the Mpumalanga, Free State and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. This area, often referred to as a forgotten part of the country, due to its scant infrastructure and lack of large-scale industry, is home to several large rural communities.

As part of the support to orphaned and vulnerable children and families in Mpumalanga, we offer food security and nutritional support in the form of vegetable gardens.

The families participating in the project are required to develop and maintain their own vegetable gardens to supplement their food intake.  This participation is key to the buy-in of the project. Topsy’s trained vegetable gardener, supported by fieldworkers, trains and mentors the families and provides ongoing and regular support and training. 

The project provides on average each month, 6 880 adult and children with fresh, nutritious vegetables. The food garden projects aims to:

  • Teach beneficiaries how to establish and maintain home gardens and encourage the production and consumption of vegetables
  • Teach practical nutrition education in order to promote healthy diets and lifestyles
  • Providing beneficiaries with a tool for survival at times of food shortages
  • Familiarise beneficiaries with methods of sustainable production of food that is applicable to their homestead and important for household food security
  • Promote income-generation opportunities

Paul and his family have been beneficiaries of Topsy’s vegetable gardening programme since 2011. He is one of our favourite success stories.

He started in the programme because he wanted to plant vegetables to sell but did not have the resources to start a garden on his own. Topsy provided him with garden tools, compost, seeds and a hose pipe to continue with his entrepreneurial vision.  What started as a small scale vegetable garden is now a fully-fledged farm, with crops, chickens, ducks and rabbits. He sells the produce from his farm to families in his neighbourhood and also supplies to tuckshops within the community. Using his own initiative,  he started breeding rabbits as a source of protein for his family.  He uses the manure from these rabbits as compost on the vegetable garden, which is one of the reasons he has had such great success with his crops. From selling the crops he grows, he has been able to take care of his children who are now attending tertiary education. His eldest daughter, Ruth, is following in Paul’s footsteps and studying  Agriculture Economics at The University of Free State. Topsy helped Ruth secure funding from Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) to pay for her studies.

Paul's flourishing crops
Paul's flourishing crops

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Topsy Foundation

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng - South Africa
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Sarah du Toit
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Sarah du Toit
Johannesburg , Gauteng South Africa

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