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A retired South Africa policeman has started a vegetable garden on his pavement to feed the hungry.


Heidelberg, South Africa (21 November 2017) – Johan Scott, a retired policeman from Heidelberg, South Africa started the vegetable garden on his pavement after his cauliflower was stolen. He realised that there were people that are hungry in his neighbourhood, so he decided to cultivate an even bigger garden on his pavement to feed more people.

“It makes my heart happy when I see people eating my vegetables. That is why I planted this, because the people are hungry, they need this.”

Scott decided to plant beans, tomatoes, eggplants and beetroot for the local community to help themselves to free produce. He hoped that this garden would change how many hungry people there are in his town.

His act of kindness has sparked warming in our hearts, and we are not alone! Facebook users have been sharing their love for this act of kindness, and some even stated how much they respect Johan. The hope is that this selfless and generous act will inspire more people in the town and around South Africa to become proactive in the fight to prevent hunger.

Many places around South Africa have vegetable gardens for the homeless; these offer a form of employment and a food source for people actively working to change their circumstances.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu 

We commend Johan for his generous act and hope his crops are plentiful!

Imagine if every house and public gardens had fruit and vegetables growing for anyone who is hungry? South Africa would be a very different place.

Sources: Rapport Facebook
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  1. This is so awesome! I have so wanted to do the sane thing for a couple of years now and somehow never got around to it. Well done to this chap for actually doing it!! Respect.

  2. Wonderful work! On rubbish collection day my mom (and now I have followed her example) would put a separate bag with some fruit and veggies out for those who have to dig through the rubbish looking for food. She did the same with old clothes or other items that could be helpful for someone.

  3. Please could I have the Rapporter or Elizabeth Sejake (Credited for the photograph) contact me as I would like to make contact with Johan as I am not able to find his name listed in the National telephone directory ason behalf of Starke Ayres Seed producers I wish to make arrangement to send him a package to assist him to continue his absolutely magnificent work. Congratulations Johan on your exceptional kindness to those less fortunate.

    1. Can I ask johan to make contact with me. I want to do the same with a large plot. Johan maybe you can guide me on how to prepare the soil which has A very high water table but I am concerned that it’s very sandy don’t want to start something and not get the results it’s intended for.

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