Young or old, your seed of possibility emerges the moment you plant a seed

The recent life and times of Dr Brylyne Chitsunge are testimony to the fact that you can never be too young or too old to become a farmer. Breaking the mould in all regards, Dr Chitsunge exchanged the corporate world for farming at quite a mature age.

Since then, she has become not only a highly successful black female farmer but also an internationally acclaimed agricultural expert and food security ambassador who empowers other farmers, and especially female farmers, across our entire continent.

So deep are her imprints that, apart from Nelson Mandela, she is the only other African to date who has received a Bronze Legion of Honour Bronze Medallion in recognition of her service to all people, regardless of race or faith.

A key part of her message to the world is, “We have to grow and feed ourselves to help eradicate poverty and hunger.” While access to quality, nutritious food is no doubt a basic human right, we can all take responsibility for food security by growing our own veggies or starting to farm on some scale, regardless of how big or small.

Fortunately, becoming a grower of veggies or a veggie farmer has never been easier, thanks to the new one-day Home Veggie Garden course presented by Agriskills Transfer in collaboration with Laeveld Agrochem. Upon completion of the course, you will have fundamental knowledge of veggie production. You’ll also receive your first veggie pack, so you can get started straight away!

Each veggie starter pack (which come in summer and winter variants) contains enough seeds to produce about 100-120 kilograms of healthy vegetables. This means you’ll have enough veggies to feed your entire family, and in all likelihood have some left to start selling too. 

The pack also contains plant spacing ropes, fertiliser, and a step-by-step guide that shows you exactly what to do. So, all you need to start producing your veggies is about 15 square metres of land. The good news is that you can now enrol for the course at an unbeatable cost of R900. Plus, if you’re one of the first 150 applicants, Laeveld Agrochem will sponsor R400 of your course fee, which means you only pay R500. 

The remaining training courses for the year will take place on 29 October and 25 November. So, if you’re ready to join the likes of Dr Chitsunge, Laeveld Agrochem and Agriskills Transfer on a mission to contribute to food security in our world by feeding yourself and your own family first, call (012) 460 9585 or email info@agriskills.net to book your slot on the Home Veggie Garden course today. 

If you have a piece of land that you can utilise to start growing vegetables on a larger scale, do visit www.nichefarmers.co.za to see what other farmers are growing and how they’re doing it. Then follow @NicheFarmers on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest and greatest in farming and connect with likeminded people.