Writing outputs

All of the writing output with regard to food gardens is to be done with the intention of bringing people's attention to the topic and the positive aspects associated with the building of these gardens. It is for this purpose that we want to produce work that will be seen by as many people as possible. In this way, getting our work published in Grocott's for three weeks will help. It will be exposed to a built-in audience, many of whom have resources available to help build and sustain these gardens if they choose to. We are currently working on the first of the three articles and are hoping that the work can be published from this coming Friday (3 October) on a weekly basis.

Our brochure is also meant to bring attention to the issue for food gardens and why they are sustainable and easy options. The brochure will include points on how to build a food garden, seasonal guides on what seeds to plant, and will be accompanied by a few seeds that can be used to help start a few garden. We were also hoping to have the brochure in both English and Xhosa in order to appeal to a wider audience, but as yet are unsure of the plausibility of this option. The brochure should be complete by Monday, 13 October.


About Ukulima Grahamstown

Ukulima means 'to cultivate' in isiXhosa and we felt it was a very appropriate name for our project since we are exploring how food gardens are a local and sustainable solution to the global crisis that is food security.

We are a group of third year journalism students that were given the topic 'food gardens' as part of our Critical Media Production course. We are a multimedia group consisting of writers, designers, TV, radio and photojourn students and have been working together, as well as with various civic organisations and community projects on a number of media outputs.

Even though this project will only last six weeks, we hope to 'cultivate' some change in our community and make our media outputs sustainable in that we wish to leave behind knowledge that will benefit people and hopefully lead them in the right direction in creating a food garden that will make them self-sufficient.

We are creating a DVD of all of our visual outputs, which will come with a 'how to' brochure and packet of seeds. We plan to distribute these to various schools, clinics and community centres in the Grahamstown/iRhini area in the hopes that we can encourage people to build food gardens of their own.

We are exhibiting all of our work at Barratt Lecture Hall, Rhodes University on October 22 2008, and hope that members of the community take a look at our efforts in promoting the idea of food gardens.