by Cathy Gatland in Johannesburg, South Africa
The 18th of July is commemorated in South Africa and around the world as Mandela Day (his birthday) where people are called to spend 67 minutes of their time - one minute for every year of Mandela's public service - making a difference and helping to change the world around them for the better. At Bertrams Inner City Farm, on abandoned bowling greens, a group called Bambanani grow organic vegetables to feed local communities and to sell at markets. Volunteers were invited to come and spend their 67 minutes helping to mulch, rake, weed and plant here or at other food gardens scattered around the city - on rooftops and in the suburbs or even on your own pavement (sidewalks!) so that the hungry can help themselves.
I went with a friend intending to dig, plant and water after sketching, but we arrived a bit late in the day and by the time I finished drawing, everyone was packing up to go home - but I have a pile of compost and a spot in the garden so hopefully will have a patch of veggies ready for a spring harvest and for sharing too!