The tale passed on from my Grandfather
The Circumstances of sustainability
- Apartheid – trade sanctions
- Trade cuts and Boycotting
- Disinvestment from South Africa
- Lack of food from imports
- Society ration food
Tale: Easy effective method to for public to grow natural food.
Tale of Food sustainability
During these times my Oupa Kopie (grandfather) devised a creative method of growing plants and fruit that would allow the society to grow what they needed with little farming knowledge. The method was simple and involved a biodegradable container that held fertile soil and seeds (saplings), with holes for water and roots. The container would be placed in the soil, given the instructed amount of water and the holes would prevent too much water from being given. Over time the plant would grow and the lid would open to show the plant while the roots would dig through the holes at the bottom. This would continue until the plant was grown and the container degraded, leaving a grown plant capable of producing a variety of fruit. While this type of farming may be found in shops today, back then it was a product that was not available and it was born out of the need to sustain oneself with personally grown fruit.
Object of narrative using frugal innovation