Established in 2021, our Agri-CULTURE Programme, combines "Agri," as a reference to agriculture or farming, with "culture," as a suggestion of a way of life or shared beliefs. This compound word implies a connection between farming practices and a broader cultural context, emphasizing the significance of agriculture in shaping human societies and lifestyles.
In alignment with FATC’s sustainability vision, the Agri-CULTURE project operates as a small-scale farming initiative aimed at unlocking the full potential of our rural communities. Incorporated in the project is:
FATC’s youth development training program, which focuses on cultivating community builders who innovate sustainable practices to foster growth within their communities.
A vegetable distribution program, ensuring access to fresh produce from FATC’s on site organic farm.
The LEAP local education in arts program which provides weekly and bi-weekly workshops for children and youth in schools and in the communities cross the four towns of Emakhazeni, blending agricultural sustainability thinking with artistic and educational enrichment for holistic community development.
Through the Agri-CULTURE programme, FATC further integrates the relationship between Arts, Culture and Small-Scale Agriculture to make connectiona between concrete and abstract processes. We view the creation of tangible products and intangible, yet deeply transformative arts experiences as equally important processes for the holistic well-being of individuals and communities.
The project embodies "Cross-Pollination" by facilitating collaboration among Applied Arts, Education and Agriculture methods and ideas for shared benefits.
The objectives are to cultivate self-sufficient citizens, developing innovative models for vulnerable communities, and providing education and jobs for at-risk rural youth.
The project’s approach includes accredited and non-accredited training in Applied Arts & Agriculture, and using local knowledge and resources for sustainable small-scale farming.
- We replicate a trench organic garden model as a vehicle for our practical training and to address food security and complex rural challenges while developing new financial and sustainability models for both FATC and communities.
In the term "Agri-CULTURE," the fusion of applied arts practices becomes integral, encompassing not only traditional farming methods but also sustainable and innovative approaches. This broader cultural perspective acknowledges that agriculture involves not just practical cultivation but also artistic and creative applications that promote sustainability. By embedding concerns for environmental well-being and resource conservation within the naming of the Agri-CULTURE project, we are signifying a holistic approach where agricultural practices are not only productive but also environmentally conscious and culturally enriching.
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