Lesley Joemat is a Spier employee and the coordinator of Tree-preneurs. Through this project, she has taught over 100 people from seven of the Cape’s poorest communities – including Blikkiesdorp, Tafelsig and Lynedoch – how to care for indigenous trees and plants. Lesley gives these Tree-preneurs seedlings to nurture. Once the plants reach 15cm in height, they’re exchanged for much-needed essentials, including food vouchers, clothing, agricultural goods, tools, bicycles and educational support.
Lesley Joemat has built a strong personal relationship with the growers. When she’s not out visiting them to distribute seedlings, containers, soil and compost, and to offer advice on growing trees, she’s busy running the Tree-preneurs nursery at Spier, which is home to over 13,000 plants. Many of the trees are planted in disadvantaged areas of Stellenbosch in need of greening.
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