In 2018, we broke ground on our Permaculture Centre in Acornhoek, South Africa. By December 2020, construction was complete on our outdoor classroom, main community building, and groundskeeper cottage. Our permaculture garden has also expanded and currently has two large shade structures and rotating seasonal crops. Our main building has classrooms, a prep kitchen, conference room, and offices which will be home to our community programs. We are currently hosting our Girls’ Club, After School Meal Program, and Permaculture Workshops at the centre and have plans to introduce a Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Development Program, cooking classes, and a music program. The centre enhances our capacity to inspire, inform and equip community leaders to start their own home and community gardens, start their own businesses, and learn new skills such as cooking and computer skills.
We welcome community members to visit our centre and tour our gardens. We strive to create greater access to affordable healthy foods and this starts with teaching individuals how to create their own successful gardens. Manager, Leanette Sithole, is highly experienced and educated in permaculture and will be on site to provide support. We hope to create a seed library for community members to have easy access to seeds and to learn how to grow and care for young seedlings which will also reduce the cost for someone starting their own garden.