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Convention 2017 Building Tour's

Join the GBCSA and The Spring Foundation for a tour of the exceptionally successful transformed the disused grounds of a public psychiatric hospital into a thriving market garden which provides income, food security and hope to its patients and the surrounding community.

The Spring Foundation at Lentegeur Hospital is a registered NPO and PBO that is using a range of psychosocial rehabilitation and outreach projects to re-establish a sense of hope and recovery through re-connection to the natural world and to community, identity and heritage. One of The Spring Foundation's programmes, the Market Garden, is green carbon footprint sustainable farming project, green patient therapy, patient rehab in Mitchells Plain at the Lentegeur psychiatric hospital in the Western Cape that uses formally underutilised ground around this public hospital creating value for the hospital, its patients and the surrounding community whilst improving biodiversity and environmental health of the area. The core focus of the project is to grow the psychiatric patients at the hospital, to become experienced market gardeners who are able to re-enter society as a result of being healed through their work on the land and who are now equipped to offer their community skills that make them an asset.The access to fresh produce with a high nutritional value, produced locally is a cornerstone to any community’s health and well-being. Market gardening offers realistic solutions to enable marginalised communities to grow as much of their fresh produce as possible using ecological methods. Currently small scale farmers produce over 70% of the world’s food needs. (Food and Agricultural Org of the UN – April 2013) Join this tour and be inspired by what is possible on the marginalised land between our buildings both public and private throughout our cities.

Come and be inspired by the possiblities for optimal use of marginal and underutilised spaces in our cities.

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Booking Details
Book Now Meet at GBCSA Offices, Cape Town
13 Oct 2017, 09:00 - 13:00
Non-Members: R833.33 + VAT
Members: R657.89 + VAT
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