The Grootbos Foundation is about community development. We got to see the Green Futures project and Growing the Future project…..
In the middle of our tour, as I was looking at the images and profiles of the youth taking part in the Green Futures programme, I noticed one thing, its young people some from Eastern Cape. That just reminded me of my young self when I was 20 years old coming to Cape Town looking for better opportunities. The program helps these youngsters by empowering them with knowledge which they can use to get jobs and some are even hired to work as tour guides by Grootbos. They get training on horticulture, landscaping and maintainance and care of plants. Some of these plants are on sale and I bought some shrubs. The money from the sales of plants is invested back into the college. When you happen to be in Grootbos please show them some support and buy a couple of plants.
Growing the Future, a selection of women are trained on vegetable growing, fruit, herbs, beekeeping, chicken & pig farming as well as canning and preservation. The free range eggs, vegetables, eggs produced from the project are used at the lodge. This way, guests get to see where their food is coming from.
Read more about the Grootbos Foundation on their website: www.grootbos.com