Higher Ground Africa (HGA) is an online urban gardening community that encourages a more connected way of living and healing holistically in the community, especially in times of physical disconnect. The project promotes small-scale urban gardening, indigenous knowledge systems, and human connectedness to support psycho-social development. Its Sun-Day Gatherings are intimate tours of urban farms and gardens in Johannesburg that showcase the city’s indigenous food economy, highlighting herbs and indigenous plants not available in supermarkets.
The Sun-Day Gatherings unfold in three parts: (i) Sunday gatherings to connect inner-city farms to new customers, supporters and a community of social entrepreneurs; (ii) Garden and Learn, where volunteers work with Mama Fifi at her inner-city farm, Bertrams, in exchange for learning about organic gardening and sharing a meal made from the farm’s produce; and (iii) Handmade With Spirt-In-Mind, a gathering for tapping into local indigenous knowledge systems to create works with clay.
The project demonstrates the power of connecting contemporary Africa to nature, farming and collective healing, and the eco-therapy economic potential in the city.
What has been achieved
Alignment with IUDF
Civil Society: Re-imagined Learning Centre (NGO)
Business: Bertrams Inner City Farm, Exotically Divine Indigenous Cuisine (restaurant), indigenous traders and practitioners as stockists
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