The PSA’s search for sustainable, self-empowering social responsibility projects with long-term benefits for a broader target group resulted in a joint venture with the Food Gardens Foundation (FGF). The FGF is a non-governmental organisation, established in 1977 as a socio-economic project to teach people to help themselves by growing essential food according to sustainable organic principles. The FGF promotes community development and social upliftment by helping people improve their health and their quality of life and to escape the grip of poverty by achieving a higher level of household food security, self development and self-employment. Projects concentrate its efforts at schools owing to various reasons, e.g. education, nutrition, sustainability and self-empowerment. The FGF provides training and manages all other interventions, including regular reporting to the PSA in this project for a period of one year.
The PSA's first food gardenwas launched in August 2008 at Stanza Bopape Secondary School in Mamelodi, Gauteng. The School lies next to an informal settlement and is faced with many challenges, including child-headed families, single parents who are unemployed, orphans who are staying with grandparents and unemployment.
The second garden was donated to Ngangenyathi Primary School in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. The initiative was received with great enthusiasm by the School, parents and members of the community. Within two months of establishing the garden, the School was harvesting from the garden and even selling some of the produce.
The project then moved to Limpopo where a garden was established at Leseding Centre in Jane Furse where the beneficiaries are determined to see the project going further and sustaining them as well as meeting their objectives and needs.
The fifth food garden was planted at H S Ebrahim School, a special school for severely handicapped children, in Northdale, Pietermaritzburg. The School is reaping the fruits and eating out of the garden. The sixth garden was also established in KwaZulu-Natal at Mjele High School in Appelbosch near Durban in February 2009. This was followed by a garden at Sejankabo in Mmabatho in March 2009.