If you’ve been craving veggies so fresh, they still smell of earth and taste like sunshine, be sure to visit a Checkers store near you on Thursday, 4 April for Market Day!

 

This will also be an excellent opportunity to support small-scale food gardens that provide sustainable nourishment and income opportunities for vulnerable communities across the country.

 

As part of its strategy to fight hunger, the Shoprite Group acts for change by partnering with more than 70 gardens. In partnership with Food & Trees for Africa, the retailer offers training and provides gardening equipment as well as seedlings over a period of at least 18 months.

 

Market Day is an outflow of this, as it enables community food gardens to promote themselves to a broader customer base and sell their excess crops. It provides them with some much-needed extra income, but also helps boost their independence, which – in turn – leads to greater sustainability.

 

“Checkers is empowering us by giving us a chance to sell our tomatoes, chillies, spinach and other vegetables,” says Oupa Bila, director of the Caroll Shaw Memorial Centre in Braamvlei, Randfontein. “We hope the customers love our vegetables!”

 

Bila and his team will be participating in Market Day at Checkers Tambotie.

 

Those in the Mashishing area will be able to buy freshly-harvested vegetables from the Khomanani Vhanu garden at Checkers Lydenburg.

 

Located near Acornhoek in Mpumalanga, Khomanani is a Market Day regular and will be setting up shop for the fourth time next Thursday.

 

“We’ve participated in all the other Market Days and they have all been great. The income generated from sales there are a lot more than when we’re selling vegetables straight from our garden,” says Auriel Ngobeni, a founder of Khomanani Vhanu.

 

According to Robyn Hills, Food and Trees for Africa programme manager, Market Day is also a great opportunity for the gardens to put the marketing- and business skills they’ve received as part of the Shoprite Group’s support into practice.

 

“Some of these gardens have commercial ambitions and this kind of exposure opens their minds to the great opportunities out there and gives them the experience to grab them.”

 

 

FIND YOUR NEAREST PARTICIPATING STORE

Garden Store
Eastern Cape  
Star Uplifting Centre Checkers Nahoon
Free State  
Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba Checkers FX Mimosa Mall
Phahamang Basadi Community Garden Checkers Parys 2
Gauteng  
Community Crisis Centre Checkers Hyper Boksburg
Supa-Dimama Senior Citizens Checkers Norkem Park
Carroll Shaw Memorial Centre Checkers Tambotie
Moabelo Foundation Checkers Hyper Arcon Park
Boikanyo Foundation Garden Checkers Glenvista
KwaZulu Natal  
Iqabungelihle Community Garden Checkers Hyper Gateway
Siyamnaka Checkers Hyper Shallcross
Kuhle-Okwemvelo Checkers Amanzimtoti
Qalakabusha Checkers Hyper Galleria
Nurses At A Go Checkers St Johns Centre
Sizanokukhanya Checkers Midlands Mall
Limpopo  
Phafogang Community Garden Checkers Tzaneen Lifestyle
We Can (Mamotho) Checkers Polokwane
Mpumalanga  
Tiyimiseleni Home Based Care Checkers New Hazyview Junction
Khomanani Vhanu Community Project Checkers Lydenburg
Lillydale Home Based Care Checkers Hyper Edenvale
Northern Cape  
Retshwenyegile Home Based Care Checkers Hartswater
North West  
Mokaila Community Project Checkers Mafikeng
Nthabiseng Skills Training Centre for Disabled Checkers Hyper Rustenburg
Western Cape  
Vlottenburg Community Centre Checkers Century City
Iris House Children’s Hospice Checkers Hyper Brackenfell
Siyazama Community Garden Checkers Sea Point

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