Ons Kweek Kos Saam / Together We Grow Food

Valley Food Gardens is a non-profit agricultural initiative created by Greyton Transition Town (GTT) to uplift the communities of Genadendal, Bereavill, Voorstekraal, Boesmanskloof and Greyton. By unlocking the community’s food-growing potential, Valley Food Gardens assists its members every step of the way with the education and resources needed to establish healthy, self-sustaining, vegetable gardens. This resourcefulness directly influences economic access to food, reduces family food bills, enables more diverse diets, boosts immune systems and provides growers with a potential source of income. Valley Food Gardens buys surplus vegetables from growers' which get packed into veggie boxes and sold to the public at RAW, a local wholefood store, and at weekly community markets. Other than educating and assisting the community, Valley Food Gardens offers guided medicinal plant walks and permaculture workshops for the public by arrangement.

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As part of the Red Cross Covid-19 Response in 2020, Greyton Transition Town (GTT) launched a food security initiative for Genadendal, Bereaville, Voorstekraal, Boesmanskloof and Greyton, called Valley Food Gardens. This project was to boost vegetable production in the valley. 

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Valley Food Gardens is led by GTT Director, Marshall Rinquest, who has years of hands-on experience in supporting permaculture and community-based food gardens in schools and households.

Project Overview
  • Hubs were established in each valley village (Genadendal, Heuwelkroon, Bereaville, Voorstekraal and Greyton)
  • Hubs supply seedlings, compost, manure and support packs to members (with special attention given to those who receive food parcels)
  • Households are provided with training to help them get started
  • Seedlings and manure are also available for purchase by the general public. 
  • Education campaigns to promote leafy greens and other immune system boosting vegetables
  • Surplus vegetables are bought from the locals to stock veggie boxes that are sold at markets and the RAW shop 
  • Veggie boxes are packed and sold at the RAW shop, local markets and directly from the Valley Food Gardens
Household Gardens

Household Gardens

Valley Food Gardens aims to introduce entire communities to the benefits of growing vegetables. 

Whether the ground available is an entire garden or a small strip of land, Marshall Rinquest takes joy in helping with all aspects of establishing and maintaining small-scale agriculture. 

Furthermore, once gardens are in full operation with an abundance of healthy crops, Marshall arranges excess vegetables to be bought for cash by RAW, thus generating an additional income for the household.

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School Feeding Schemes

School Feeding Schemes


Encouraging children to eat healthily is something Valley Food Gardens takes very seriously. 

Marshall Rinquest personally visits schools and introduces teachers and learners to all the practical knowledge needed to create a fruitful garden. With his guidance, vegetable gardens will eventually supplement their feeding schemes with organic produce packed with vitamins.

With good nutrition in mind, Marshall also highlights the life-changing benefits of growing crops for personal and financial gain which in turn empowers the community.

Veggie Boxes

Veggie Boxes

Valley Food Gardens has grown its original concept to include a service that provides a platform for the community to sell their excess produce.

Veggie boxes come in a variety of sizes with speciality products added such as homemade bread, RAW juices and organic eggs.

Veggie Boxes are available at:

  • Valley Food Gardens - Delivered to your door by arrangement
  • RAW - Main Road, Greyton
  • Wednesday Produce Market - Greyton Oak Centre
  • Greyton Saturday Morning Market - Greyton Market Square
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Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own


Valley Food Gardens is with you every step of the way if you are interested in establishing a sustainable vegetable garden of your own. Marshall Rinquest will personally perform a site inspection and then formulate a project plan best suited to your unique piece of land.

Setup Fee - Created Within Your Budget

Establishing Your Garden

Step 1:

  • Soil Evaluation 
  • Water Availablity
  • Sun vs Shade

Step 2:

  • Soil Preparation
  • Seedlings Planted (supplied by Living Grace Nursery)
  • Progress Check-Ups (every six weeks)

Optional Extras:

  • Top-Up Services (mulch and seedlings if necessary)
  • Gardener Training 
Permaculture Course

Permaculture Course

Valley Food Gardens aims to educate by sharing valuable knowledge about sustainable gardening.

Basic permaculture principles and practice

  • Course Fee - R100 per person
  • Duration - two hours
  • Time and Venue - by arrangement

Course Includes:

  • The basics of making compost 
  • How to deal with most pests using a permaculture approach
  • ​A basic manual (emailed to you ahead of time)

Contact Marshall Rinquest at Valley Food Gardens for more information and to arrange your private or group course.

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RAW is a whole food store in Greyton that is stocked with excess produce collected from the Valley Food Gardens initiative, RAW empowers its suppliers while providing healthy green groceries for the public. 

Shop RAW

  • Valley Food Garden Veggie Boxes
  • Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit
  • Freshly-Squeezed Juice
  • Seedlings
  • Heirloom Seeds
  • Herbs
  • Medicinal Pants Products
  • Honey
  • Free-Range Eggs
  • Home-Baked Goods
  • Art 
  • Crafts

When you visit RAW you are not only supporting sustainable shopping, you are doing your bit to empower a community. Read more about RAW, here:



Valley Food Gardens thanks you for your support. Your donation will go a long way towards sustainable gardening in Genadendal, Bereavill, Voorstekraal, Boesmanskloof and Greyton. 

Bank Details

Account Holder: Marshall Rinquest
Account Type: FNB Gold Cheque Account
Account Number: 62740612769
Branch Code: 250655
REF: Valley Food Gardens and Your Name

Become Involved

If you have any ideas or connections that can help grow Valley Food Gardens, please contact Marshall Rinquest at 073 486 1965



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