Habana walks off with a number of prizes that includes gardening mentorship courtesy of Rabbie’s World for four months, a Yommy apron, seedlings of seasonal vegetables and manure.
The Green Thumb campaign is a project of the Old Naledi Food Drive in partnership with Yommy (a food niche brand that is behind online community of foodies dubbed Foodies Botswana) and Rabbie Selotlegeng of Rabbie’s World.
The campaign is running for a few months (June-November). One of the components of the campaign is that it seeks to inspire Batswana to revive the old practice of Digotlo/backyard gardens, and grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits. The campaign also has a donation component, and the beneficiaries are the community of Old Naledi. The Old Naledi Food Drive is the brainchild of Peo Sebotho. It was inspired by the devastation caused by the Covid-19, which saw Sebotho strategically partnering with people who will help her reach a large audience and have a lasting impact. She is now looking for another group, where they will run a similar challenge.
In an interview with the elated Habana, she explained that she was raised in a household where they planted their own vegetables and hardly bought anything. It is this spirit that saw her and her family putting together a flourishing garden that currently has a number of vegetables and herbs that includes coriander, spinach, rape, butternut, celery, and more. Her passion for gardening really took off last year after the family moved into a new home.
“I started experimenting with spinach and rape, and it grew to other vegetables,” she said.
In an interview with Sebotho, she explained that she was blown away by the response to the challenge. She also said that Habana excelled as she showed creativity and commitment, as well as used ingredients from her garden in her dishes shared on the Botswana Foodies page.
“It was refreshing to see how people were excited,” she said.
She further said that they were now trying to identify another group that they will engage.
“We want to engage another demographic. Once done, we will hold the Gardening Mission Day,” she said.
Another component of the challenge will see the community donating seeds under the #greenthumb Old Naledi Food Drive Seed donation and gardening mission. A collection box has been placed at the Old Naledi Police Station.
The plan is to help set up vegetable gardens for 20 families in Old Naledi. P2000 has already been raised which will be used in the project. Sebotho’s passion for fighting world hunger was ignited during a visit to the Nevada Food Bank which introduced her to a whole new world. In 2017, for World Food Day, Sebotho reached out to friends and family to donate kiddies meal towards the first Old Naledi Food Drive. They ended up feeding 200 children and they have hosted families for thanksgiving dinners, Christmas lunches for the elderly and many more.