The Seed Project (TSP)’s mission is to support the development of integrated small-scale organic gardens, support the garden’s development as a social enterprise, and to utilize the garden as a tangible classroom to foster ecological intelligence and leadership in diverse youth along the Garden Route of South Africa.
The Seed Project (TSP)’s vision is an integrated world system with ecological, social, and economic components led by an empowered, compassionate and eco-literate youth.
The Seed Project (TSP)’s objectives are:
TSP offers a three-year long support system to school or community gardens in which the stakeholders of the gardens can access assistance for sustainability integration into curriculum or outreach, access funding, develop the garden as a social enterprise and create long term plans to sustain the garden over many years. As all gardens are unique, depending on the specific gardens’ needs and the stakeholders’ interest, this assistance will vary.
The Seed Project (TSP) achieves this goal through a three-part system:
The Seed Project (TSP) addresses the challenges of:
TSP works with schools or communities with a preexisting interest or energy in sustainability. For example, there are many school gardens along the Garden Route here a garden was once created, but due to a lack of resources, time, or commitment, never produced the intended results – food for the school’s kitchen, educational opportunities for youth, etc. Alternatively, there are places where an interest in sustainable agriculture has organically sprouted and is operating with varying levels of success. These are the two types of situations in which TSP would become involved, but only (1) upon request, and (2) with existing interest or infrastructure. This is a key component of our model – we only work where there is existing interest and energy in our initiatives, ensuring local ownership of the project and longevity of impact.
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My week spent on Gondwana Game Reserve with Conservation Global was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I was fortunate enough to travel to South Africa with Franklin University Switzerland on academic travel in the spring of 2015. Bonding with the staff and learning about the animals in their natural environment made for one incredible week. Each day was filled with activities and lectures that were as entertaining as they were educational. As a group we had a lecture in the morning either from a member of the knowledge staff or from a local expert. We learned about native bee populations and were treated to honey samples from the region and were given a demonstration on the practice of tagging and tracking animals on the reserve. Perhaps the most memorable was when we were taught how to properly handle a tranquilizer gun and had a competition to see who could get a bullseye! After the morning lecture, the group would split up for the safari in which the staff took great care to make sure we saw as many animals as possible. Later in the afternoon we would regroup for a drink and to admire the scenery. I have the utmost respect for Conservation Global and the work they are doing—hoping to return to South Africa soon!
The South Africa travel was the most incredible experience of life!! With Conservation Global’s help, I experienced memories that will last a lifetime. From learning about sustainability in townships and wildlife conservatory at game reserves, to the social and economic issues that South Africa struggles with today, Conservation Global allowed me to be enthusiastic and engaged throughout our trip, as well as encouraged me to think about how my relationship with nature and the environment will affect future generations for years to come.