Community Conservation

Mobilising communities to care for the earth

This project involves various grassroots initiatives in the Gouritz area, mobilising over 100 community members and volunteers in community clean-up campaigns, tree planting events, promotion of sunstoves, growing own vegetables, etc.

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Community food garden project in Vanwyksdorp

Community food garden project in Vanwyksdorp

11/10/17
 On the 17th October 2017 Andre Britz went to purchase a few seedlings for the gardeners in Vanwyksdorp from Kobus se Kwekery and as he was paying, he told the story of the community gardens in this little town. It is then that Kobus decided to donate 1400 seedlings to the KOS IN DIE KAROO project. Andre had a meeting with the gardeners at 5pm in order to share the seedlings and plan for the next month. There were 15 gardeners at the meeting. There is a need to put some structure into place as the movement is gaining momentum. Two leaders were chosen to coordinate the project: Melvin Oosthuizen and he will be assisted by Rika. Seedlings were handed out. A decision was taken to hold a gathering every first Tuesday of each month. The aim of the monthly gathering is to share knowledge and to do demos.  Ideally every month there should be a new garden or two. Read more in the 
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Kos in die Karoo - one year later

Kos in die Karoo - one year later

9/23/17
This project was initiated in September 2016.  It has gone a full circle and we have some positive results - albeit slowly.  We had a very optimistic beginning and initiated nine food gardens.  The movement seemed to have lost its momentum.  It is possible that everyone was waiting for someone to take control.  The aim of this project is to encourage community sustainability and cooperation.  On September 7th we visited some of the gardens which had been prepared for the meeting.  All the gardens that had been prepared had used the NO DIG method.  Most of the gardens planted last September were still doing well, despite the drought. One of the houses had a large heap of dried grass and manure.  This house had organically become a site where materials can be picked up.  This was donated by a local farmer; this is the beginnings of sustainable mechanisms. We met at the Church grounds where some of the gardeners planted their vegetables. There was clear evidence of the difference it makes to put the cardboard at the bottom.  The weeds grew madly around the treated areas. These gardeners will use the opportunity to sell vegetables to the community.  People can buy vegetables and choose which ones they would like. 
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Kos in die Karoo in Vanwyksdorp

Kos in die Karoo in Vanwyksdorp

11/1/16
Kos in die Karoo is a sister project of KOS EN FYNBOS which runs in the George area. Kos En Fynbos is a ground swell movement initiated by members of the George community in 2014. It aims at creating a community that is independent, self- sustained, creative, loving and sharing, a community that desires to improve themselves and their environment by taking the first steps in creating that change. Food, water and waste are the key elements totally interwoven in changing the environment people live in. The launch of the KOS IN DIE KAROO took place on Friday 23rd September in a gathering of community members in Van Wyksdorp, interested in food gardens. During the presentation the core values and “spirit” of the project were explained. Four coordinators of KOS EN FYNBOS from George were able to give personal accounts of their involvement with the project and the importance of food gardens. They inspired the community to become self-sustained and to look after their environment. There was a very good turnout considering the size of the town. Download the full report below.
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