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Subsistence farming: Start with a vegetable garden before asking for land

By Zuko Komisa

Subsistence farming has become one of the most important sources of food for Africa. Our people are dying from the weirdest diseases largely caused by the artificial food, of which we can’t ascertain the origins. City life has made us forget our way of life. We have massive lawns with grass that wastes electricity when we cut it, wastes water to stay green. Taking up space that could be used to feed us. The concept of lawns is so foreign to Africa, we used to feed off the land, graze our cattle, fresh milk from our cow s and live incredibly long lives. With the land on the way, we need to get ourselves ready to use it as best as we can.

Improving your own health in your backyard

That lawn you have your yard is depriving you of an even healthier lifestyle. You are missing out of untapped advantages of growing your own food. Having your own garden helps you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, you actually get lighter and happier. You also are the one that decides what kinds of fertilisers and pesticides come in contact with your food, we all heard stories about harmful things manufacturers put in our food without our knowledge. With your own garden, you harvest when the food is ready to be eaten.

Did you know that vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables, you won’t be driven by profits like the store you buy food from.

Subsistence farming to feed our families.

We have gotten so used to this concept of purchasing food from supermakets, our compass in this land debate has to be altered. We are not aware that in process wanting back our land, we have landed ourselves in an unfortunate position where over the years we’ve ignored our ability to grow our own food, especially in the city. We need to get to a point where before we commercialise the land we start thinking about our families. We need to get to the point where we grow small gardens in our household is a way of life. Let’s graze our own chickens, grow our own herbs.

Small-scale farming for sustenance.

Abandoning this idea of having a lawn that wastes water and soil meant to nourish you and your family in favour of growing your own herbs, fruits & vegetables is not easy. Here’s where to start:


  • Herbs

You’ve probably tasted delicious food with the right herbs – let’s not forget the nutritional value of these herbs. The best herbs to grow in your garden include basil, chives, coriander, lavender, oregano, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, and thyme. With most being herbs you can enjoy throughout the year, the rest not taking longer than 12 weeks to grow.


  • Fruits & Vegetables

The best and fruits and vegetable to grow in your garden include Broccoli, beans peas, Brussel sprout, tomatoes, red pepper, carrots, leafy greens, and beetroots. They are also the easiest food to look after as it grows.

Let’s start by feeding ourselves, our families and communities before anything else. A vegetable garden is so much fun to cultivate, and the pride you take in sharing healthy food nurtured by your own efforts is an exhilarating feeling to share with those you love.

Written by: Zuko


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