Hello Folks I am Adam Mathonsi 30 years old hailing from Etwatwa, a township in the East Rand. I grow and sell leafy greens greens, the likes of spinach, kale and lettuce from my backyard garden. I am asking for financial assistance to acquire portion of vacant land next to my yard to expand my farming business. Growing up, I was exposed to substantial farming as my parents grew seasonal crops to supplement their megre income derived from odd jobs and hawking as it wasn't enough to take cover all our living expenses. Like most kids in the area I attended school, but over the weekend was helping my parents with cultivating the land and through this I acquired indegenious knowledge of growing crops. I enjoyed this as hobby but never thought of persuing it as career, for this was just means to put food on the table, and besides there was nothing cool or profitable about it to lure a teenager to want to make a living out of growing crops. We would only sell our produce only if there was a surplus.
I wanted to be all sorts of things but not a farmer until recently.
Against all odds that most township kids face I remained at school and furthered my studies after matric and I am a qualified teacher, working full-time at a high school. I am Still involved in cultivating land as my hobby, but now I have realised how profitable my hobby could be when done with the intention of deriving income from it. There are many pockets of fertile uncultivated land in the neighborhood however one cannot use them as there's no water and they are not secured and in that way crops would be stolen and that defeats the purpose of growing them for business. With a bit of donations or sponsorship I would be able to acquire the vacant land next door, fence it and continue growing crops and add chickens as well. This would not only benefit me but could create an employment opportunity for two people or three people once the business takes off. I would also welcome donations of farming or gardening equipments like spade, rakes watering cans, sprinklers, green houses, poultry equipment, chicken coops/cages and feedings. You can contact me on 0849766639.