Turning Food Waste into Profit

  • Written by: Tafadzwa Mazviba

In a proactive move to combat food waste and promote sustainability, Mandlake community market garden has recently implemented a new initiative that involves utilizing second-grade vegetables and cabbages to create dried vegetable products.

This innovative approach aims to address the issue of surplus produce that may not meet the visual standards for sale but is still perfectly edible. It also enables the gardeners to make use of vegetables that are oversupplied and hence the market price drops to unprofitable levels.

By adding value, profits are recovered. By drying and packing these vegetables, they can be preserved for an extended period, allowing community members to enjoy nutritious produce year-round while supporting local sustainability efforts.