is a non-profit company that focuses on sharing knowledge and tools on urban farming, by getting actively involved with the community. Their purpose is to enrich South African lives by providing a means to sustainable, healthy living.
LIG has been working with a dynamic team of women at Joburg City Parks, situated at Huddle Park in Linksfield, Johannesburg since August 2019. The Foundation was tasked by Joburg City Parks with reinvigorating and regenerating the soil and establishing a food garden called the ‘Madiba Harvest Garden’ which had fallen into disrepair and yielded […]
This Mandela Day, we’d like to encourage you to make today the START of doing good EVERYDAY. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to social justice and the struggle for human rights. We want to encourage positive change all year round, and focusing on a day, is a great start to build momentum, as the difference […]
On June the 5th, we celebrate World Environmental Day. Every little bit counts, and it’s easy to do your part! We recommend organic gardening. First thing’s first; you need to build a foundation of soil health and plant diversity. To create a successful organic garden, you need to start with the soil. Rejuvenate the soil: […]
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Let it Grow is proud to be featured in the current People Magazine, issue No 8, 23 February 2018. Who are they? Trailblazer social entrepreneurs: Clifford Brian Rosen – believes in teaching self-reliance, knowledge and self-sustainability. He is on a quest to share all of his knowledge, while continuously learning each day. Jayson Fox – […]
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International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private […]
While the Foundation’s focus is on community projects, they also encourage and guide households to start their own urban farms.
They use agroecology and permaculture philosophies to assist in the development of each project.
Agroecology uses a whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development based on traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture, and local food system experiences. It links ecology, culture, economics, and society to sustain agricultural production, healthy environments, and viable food and farming communities.
Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system. It involves the use of agricultural ecosystems, mimicked from nature, intended to grow sustainable and self-sufficient organic farms.
The Principles of Permaculture are:
Use renewable resources
Conserve genetic resources
Manage ecological relationships
Adjust to local environments
Manage whole systems
Maximize long-term benefits
Let it Grow is rooted in and primarily focused on permaculture philosophy. To this end:
The team begins by assessing and rehabilitating the soil.
The seeds are then planted strategically so that, when the plants grow, each one has a purpose to ensure the sustainable growth of the other.
The plants grow and produce food that is organic and untouched by chemicals.
The last steps are harvesting and seed collecting.
The entire process encourages biodiversity within the environment
The team focuses on sharing knowledge and collaborating, while they themselves learn and grow with each new project and challenge. Each of them is inextricably connected to the earth.
Clifford believes in teaching self-reliance; that there is power in knowledge and self sustainability. Before founding Let It Grow Foundation, Clifford was experimenting with growing his own food. He is on a quest to share all of his knowledge, while continuously learning each day.
Calvin immerses himself in helping others, feeling that any change, no matter how big or small, is contributing to the greater good. Calvin is always open to learning, and has a keen eye for all things green. He is proud to help others and to share his knowledge, as he continues on the Let It Grow journey.
Jayson has always felt connected to nature. His love for plants grew as he did and soon he discovered that his wanting to know more and do more became a need. His focus is to preserve plant species that are going extinct, and to save areas from being barren. Jayson is always ready to share all that he knows.
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