TréCulture owner empowers community
Modise has green fingers and a passion to teach
Letlotlo Modise, 31, of Kuruman in the Northern Cape, is a creative urban farmer who teaches people how to start their own food gardens.
He is the owner of TréCulture, which specialises in designing small farms, greenhouses, indoor growing solutions and gardens for locals in Kuruman so that they can grow their own food.
“We teach people to produce quality fresh produce just about anywhere in their homes, be it on the balcony, a plot, backyard or even indoors. It depends on the needs of our clients,” he says.
He says because of the food insecurity challenge in many communities, young people are eager to start farming but they do not know how to get their food gardens going.
“I give the necessary support and teach them what they need to know. You do not need a large piece of land to do agriculture, especially subsistence farming.”
Modise mainly grows herbs and leafy salads at his home food garden. He supplies to local restaurants on demand.
“I package my products under my own brand, TréCulture, in biodegradable packaging to create sustainability and a cleaner environment.”
Although he has not managed to create jobs as yet, he hires workers when necessary. He believes the impact he has had in his community is equal to creating job opportunities because he has equipped people with skills that enable them to grow their own food and avoid hunger.
Modise started off in 2016, specialising in aquaponics, which is a more technical form of agriculture in which fish and plants grow together in water. No soil is required. He received R50,000 funding from the National Youth Development Agency to purchase the equipment.
Unfortunately, he had to review his business plan because he found aquaponics too expensive and his business was running at a loss. Now, apart from using conventional methods to grow plants, he has opened a consultancy offering agriculture services.
Modise can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 063 529 7001 (WhatsApp). –
• This article first appeared in GCIS's Vukuzenzele.
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