What is a “Ziphakele Garden”?

What it is is a full garden that will be able to feed a whole family or more in a much smaller area.

It is a vertical garden that will be made of wire mesh to hold the soil in with a thick layer of plastic lining the mesh on the inside and that will be filled with top soil. We will plant all type of vegetables that a nutritionist has told us are the best for growing and sustaining people. We will then plant seed’s all around the garden and pull out pockets in the mesh to grow the vegetables. We can have an assortment of vegetables from pumpkins (creeping around the bottom), to carrots and hopefully even mielies on the top of the soil.

 We truly believe that when this project is fully up and running it will revolutionise the food and hunger problems in our communities and beyond. It can be in a tiny area and still support people as well as being low and cost effective.


A few photo's of our prototype Garden:


The day we planted.


Two weeks later.


Three weeks later.


Four weeks later.


Five weeks later.



Ziphakele Gardens...

Since our prototype garden we have planted in Lesotho and Cape Town.

These gardens are proving to be very robust and have produced vegetables in minus six degrees Celsius temperature weather as well as fighting off frost and snow.

When we planted in Lesotho everyone told us there was no possible way that anything would grow. Especially not from seeds.

Here are a few of the photographs proving different...



Our Lesotho Gardens

Thembalitsha; Village of Hope:

We also had the privilege of setting up Gardens at Thembalitsha in Cape Town. This NGO is a small farm that has a medical centre, a (fast growing) orphanage and a volunteer centre. In conjunction with the local churches, they help the Grabouw community with special focus on the children.

They liaise closely with the Social Services and take in orphaned and abused children from the community. They are currently planning to build a facility to house and care for these children on a permanent basis.

The gardens are an economical, space saving and easily maintained source of nutrition and will help to feed the children once the “care village” has been built.


Isibonelo Secondary High School, Kwa-Mashu

In October, we teamed up with Clifton  High  School in order to set up gardens at the Isibonelo Secondary High School, located in Kwa-Mashu, Durban.

The school has a small agricultural area that they have landscaped and have a class in place that looks after it in order to teach the children how to farm and garden.

The school has a small landscaped agricultural area looked after by a class so as to teach the children how to farm and garden.

Upon arrival, the entire school was waiting for us and enthusiastically greeted us with open arms.

The children were wonderful when it came to the construction of the gardens and constantly asked questions and offered help.

With a great deal of hands chipping in, we managed to set three gardens up in less than three hours, with every one of the boys from Isibonelo promising that they would take special and personal  care of them. It was nice to see such enthusiasm and commitment!




Ziphakele Gardens have also been set up at Survivors, a children’s home in Durban North. In Inchanga, a prototype was erected so that the community could learn how to set up and care for these gardens. As part of our skills development program, we have encouraged the community to grow more vegetables, employing locals and generating income for the community.

The Department of Agriculture has shown great interest in our Ziphakele Gardens and we are in negotiations with them to obtain land to start farming vegetables on a large scale - again an opportunity for growth and employment.