• NPO registration number: 145-107 NPO
  • NGO registration number: IT 159/2011
  • Public Benefit Organisation: 930 036 635
  • Standard Bank Balfour Park
  • Branch Code: 051001
  • Account no: 331 784 408

Boikanyo School / Community Vegetable Garden


This is a woman – lead initiative. In 2012 Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation  transformed a rubbish dump behind Sediba Thuto Primary school in Mapetla Soweto, into a vegetable garden the size of a soccer field. This is our flagship project which has turned out to be an overwhelming success.

  • We grow a variety of vegetables which are available to the school kitchen for augmentation of the school feeding scheme
  • The gardeners sell reasonably priced quality produce to the locals. It is no longer necessary to walk kilometers to the shop to buy vegetables.
  • This garden has also been an entry point for us to develop skills and implement other social programs.
  • The volunteers who run this garden have gone from strength to strength, their physical health improved, and they are entrepreneurs in their own right.
  • Since 2017 the garden has been self sustainable, no more stipends are paid, and to the volunteer gardeners run the project completely.

Our gardeners are part of Izindaba Zokudla – a University of Johannesburg program which brings all the farmers in Soweto together. Food and Trees for Africa have stepped in to mentor the gardeners. This intervention has really done much to improve the harvests.


  • Vegetables are very reasonably priced.
  • The volunteer gardeners have independence to run this initiative as they see fit, it belongs to them.
  • Our garden has been an example to the community about issues related to environmental awareness, recycling education and respect for birds of prey.
  • We have promoted dignity and self respect, and entrepreneurial reinforcement
  • We impact on the school, parents, teachers, learners, Department of Education, and surrounding community.
  • This project has been a collaboration between so many stakeholders throughout the years, both in the private sector and government. It is a CSI initiative.
  • We have impacted the school, the parents/caregivers, teachers, learners, Department of Education and the community itself.

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Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

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