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iZindaba Zokudla 22 June 2024: Technology no. 2

Dear Friends of iZindaba Zokudla

Please join us for the next iZindaba Zokudla on the 22nd of June at 9 am for 930 until 1400 in B3 Enoch Sontonga halls. Please bring a form of identification along to gain access to the campus, like an ID document, Passport or Birth Certificate.

After this session we will meet again on the 20th of July same place same time but please note I am still awaiting confirmation of this venue, time and date. Please keep an eye out for the SMS announcement.

In this session we will complete our discussion of technologies for urban agriculture.

This follows up on the previous session and pls see the editorial: In our previous session we discussed the deep trench bed. Today we will look at other technologies and lead a discussion on the sequencing, integration, stacking and development of technology for Urban Agriculture.

In this session, after the above Guest Lectures, we will discuss the technologies an urban farmer can use.

The key “technologies” (and note we use this term loosely to bring into view social arrangement and animals as forms of “technology”) for an urban farm include the following:

1.    All gardens and farms need a beautiful name.

2.    Design and plan your garden: take a look at “Permaculture” design.

3.    Composting.

4.    Liquid manures.

5.    Biochar.

6.    Deep trench beds and/or above ground deep trenches.

7.    Intercropping and companion planting.

8.    Mulching.

9.    Irrigation.

10. Seeds and seed libraries.

11. Animals.

12. Tunnels and infrastructure.

13. Vertical, indoor and controlled environment agriculture.

14. Safety and security.

15. Enterprise development: A Shop.

16. A Retail system, including:

a.    Grading of produce.

b.    Pricing of produce – experiment with a say, 5% lower price than competitors.

c.     Waste exchange mechanisms.

d.    Partnerships with informal traders like bakkie traders for market-sourced produce (mainly staples).

e.    Loyalty programmes.

f.      Harvest specials.

g.    Selling consumer goods.

h.    Specials.

17. Distribution and logistics.

18. Social media.

19. Technology:

a.    Wifi and,

b.    Develop your own.

c.     Adapt technology.

20. Events: Host events where you educate and inform your community and integrate them in your production system.

21. Recording impact:

a.    Youth employment,

b.    Other designated groups,

c.     training,

d.    numbers,

e.    record keeping,

f.      engagements, and

g.    stakeholders.

22. Compliance:

a.    Stakeholders,

b.    Landlords, School Governing Bodies,

c.     Parents,

d.    Learners,

e.    CIPC,

f.      Utilities like water and electricity,

g.    Infrastructure (make sure you own it),

h.    Taxes and SARS,

i.      Waste.

As you can see there are quite a few things an urban farmer needs to be aware of and we will discuss these issues one-by-one.

I look forward to seeing you there!


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