- Lizzy Mathiso has been growing vegetables in her garden for 10 years
- She feeds not only herself, but also her community
- Her mom, who is now 99 years old, taught her gardening
A 59-year-old mother of four has been feeding her family and community for 10 years simply by growing vegetables in her garden.
Briefly.co.za learned that Lizzy Mathiso, from Lwandle near Cape Town, learned gardening at a young age from her mother, who is now 99 years old.
Speaking to Daily Sun, Mathiso said she takes care of her garden and plants the same way she does a child.
She explained, "I talk to them and they grow better because they can feel the love I have for them.”
Although she tends to her beloved garden on her own for the most part, the local department of correctional services sometimes sends prison inmates to help.
Mathiso said her garden helps her save money. In addition, her veggies help feed children at her creche. She also gives the kids more vegetables to take back home.
The kind lady further donates veggies to elderly people in her neighbourhood who can no longer work for themselves.
South Africans of all ages are turning to farming to help improve the country's food security.
Briefly.co.za recently reported on the story of 20-year-old Mahlatse Matlakana, whose successful 8-ha farm in Limpopo supplies big wholesalers.
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