Earth Hour Pledge: Pick n Pay

Earth Hour was held on the 29th March 2014 across the globe. Both people and businesses showed their awareness of earth preservation by turning off their lights between in 8pm – 9pm local time. Taking an active role in showing kindness and concern towards the planet’s well being is in everyone’s interest. Because is passionate about conserving the earth and energy, we took a review at some of the pledges that were shared online and will be visiting those who want to do even more than saving electricity. Today we visit Pick n Pay. Being a purveyor means Pick n Pay is deeply connected to food sources and how they impact communities. Community gardens have been popping up all over South Africa (and the world) as they provide a source of food, income, activity, employment, education, relaxation and most importantly, healthy eating. Here's their pledge: Because gardeners report decreased stress, a sense of stewardship for the land, individuals participating in the growth of produce find a sense of accomplishment and pride through the physical activity involved in gardening. South Africa needs food for its people; community gardens can provide food, education, a sense of belonging and achievement, income and cohesion in the community. Pick n Pay intends on using the values of community garden projects to help South African communities achieve these goals. The Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation supports community gardening and has taken the pledge this Earth Hour 2014. The foundation has already partnered with Food Basket for Africa and has helped establish gardens in rural and urban areas. These gardens include: Location: Stellenbosch Who: It is part of a research program by the University of Stellenbosch University. Participants: 42 community members Project: The garden has trained 24 adults, 12 children from South Peninsula School and 4 children from SEED Rocklands. Location: Darling Who: In association with Barney’s Angel Educare. Participants: 33 community members Project: Trains people from Iktut Khoisan Project on the West Coast. Established in 2010 the garden has been training people for the last few years. So far 4 home gardens have been initiated through the garden training. Location: McGregor Who: Judy Participants: 20 community members Project: Judy who over sees the garden is working with municipal authorities to set up home gardens. She is also establishing a satellite garden at the local skills center. Location: Khayelitsha Who: Mrs Meintjies Day Care Center Participants: 11 community members Project: This garden offers rehabilitation to the youth aged between 16 and 34. Location: Pinelands Who: Oude Molen Community Center Participants: 1500 have received training! Project: Numerous projects have run from the Oude Molen community center over the past few years including an after school programme which is for 8 – 13 year olds. It runs from Monday to Friday and has trained over 1400 youth. Location: Hopefield Who: Hope Farm Rehabilitation Center Participants: 22 community members Project: The center has developed its own garden which is used to educate others. It is Pick n Pay’s goal to continue creating these gardens in the hopes of increasing education and businesses for these local communities. Their goal, as pledged on Earth Hour 2014, is to create a total of 250 community gardens by 2015. intends on keeping up with Pick n Pay and sharing their achievements over the next few years. If you’re already producing food in your own home or in a community garden, has a number of products to assist with composting or rain water harvesting, which you can browse online. For more energy saving tips for a sustainable home, follow our blog.