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How a lockdown hobby turned into a food programme to feed generations to come

What started out as a lockdown hobby for the Kempton Park resident has turned into a food programme aimed at feeding people for generations to come.

Erasmus started 21 greenhouses and joined forces with community members to grow their own food. He said his family lived in a very small house and when the lockdown came, he decided to make a small greenhouse at the back of his garden from a few pieces of wood and old shade netting, to grow veggies and to become more self-sustainable, eat clean and organic while having fun.

“I posted a few pictures of my tomatoes, beans and spinach that were thriving. A few people were very interested to have the same, but no one had space at home, or needed guidance on their farming adventure. Coming from a farming background, I learnt from my mother that you can literally grow any plant from seeds. I decided to help others with the same ambition as myself and share  myknowledge. I searched for a plot to rent and was lucky to find one very close to where I lived,” he said.

“I hope to expand, there is clearly a big demand for people to farm their own crops. I hope to go out and build this module or greenhouse infrastructure in towns and rural areas. I grow fruit and nut trees from seeds to 18 months old. I grow anything from herbs to strawberries to leafy vegetables,” said Erasmus.

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