Communal Food Gardens
The southern part of the campus comprises about 3 ha of gently sloping land that has previously been planted with lucerne.
The objective is to provide patches of land, with irrigation water, where community members whose homes are without land and/or water can cultivate food.
The idea is to develop family allocated communal vegetable gardens, in grounds that are visually attractive for the tourism factor:
- families will be able to feed themselves
- gardening implements will be safely stored
- excess food will be traded or sold to the other food related projects of VDI
- one of the skills workshops is aimed at training in food preparation for domestic staff and cooks (eco-tourism is a substantial economic activity in the area), and to provide training in food preservation for domestic and retail purposes
- it is an objective to encourage an incubation hub entrepreneurial project for a food processing business
By providing food and work, families will be better able to fend for themselves.