Railton Foundation Swellendam
Community Garden Project
The Foundation has operated community gardens for the past 3 years. The current garden is made possible by the willingness of the Parish Council of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church to make land available for this purpose as well as funding from the Breede Gouritz Catchment Management Area.
The purpose of the community garden is partly to provide vegetables to feeding schemes in Railton. These feeding schemes provide a nutrition meal to about 50 children per occasion and are totally dependent on donations. The surplus is sold to institutions and the public and the funds generated are used towards making the project sustainable.
In January 2019 we received a generous donation of seedlings from Reinette Heunis of the Mawubuye Masikuhle Project in Suurbraak. The Department of Agriculture also donated seeds and seedlings for the garden. We also use leiwater supplied by the municipality.
There are currently vegetables such as beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, potatoes, onions, garlic, beans and etcetera planted and we are very grateful to Jerome February who is so dedicated working in the garden and operating it as an organic garden with the help of Alistair Jack and Petrus Joubert, board members of the Foundation.
We are looking forward to introduce groups of children to learn more about gardening. This will be done in collaboration with Badisa, ACVV and the schools.
If there is an interest in getting involved or supporting the project, please contact Petro at our office at 0621017812.