Sparrow Farm is a one-acre food garden located within the grounds of Sparrow Village hospice and orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The garden is set up to provide food for about 150 residents and patients of Sparrow Village; this is achieved by growing a variety of almost 30 fruits and vegetables, which includes 5 indigenous plant species, as well as raising chickens for meat and eggs. Just 4 people undertake work in the food garden although sometimes groups of volunteers come and help when things are very busy.
As well as growing food for the residents, the Village has also established a training academy for urban agriculture at the food garden. A team of 20 trainers work from the farm, and they in turn have assisted in the development of many additional food gardens in neighboring low income communities. Nutrition is an important part of health, so Sparrow Farm completely embraces the Slow Food principle of good, clean and fair food.
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Sparrow Village hospice and orphanage, Johannesburg, South Africa