Growing Trees In The Desert and Organic Waste Recycling

Join Green Drinks Sandton this August for a discussion by Nici Richter and Gina Shoemaker

The African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) and Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) are proud to be hosting Nici Richter and Gina Shoemaker at the August 2016 edition of Green Drinks for a fascinating journey about tackling climate change with sustainable agriculture.

Join us to learn more and share ideas on Growing Trees In The Desert and Organic Waste Recycling on the 18th of August in Wendywood, Johannesburg.

A Climate Reality Leader, Gina Shoemaker is the director of Green Earth Concepts, a leading environmental services provider in South Africa specialised in recycled organic compost.

Gina’s strategy consists in avoiding the production of methane gas (GHG) by diverting organic refuse away from landfill, creating jobs and increasing food production through organic methods. With over 23 combined years of experience and education, Green Earth activities also include landscape design and installation, irrigation installations (residential, commercial, agriculture) and a wholesale nursery. Her flow-through worm farm design has been rated one of the best world-wide. It is manufactured right here in South Africa and implemented throughout the country.

Nici Richter is a Climate Reality Leader and qualified permaculture trainer on a quest to discover if and how trees can grow in deserts.

Her conviction is that the answer would be key to reversing climate change on a world-wide scale by purposefully developing the tools to re-green the displaced places and deserts of the world in a systematic way.
After a radical career change 10 years ago, she embarked in a deeply introspective journey that has taken her to Western Australia, Greece, Israel and Jordan and from which she draws a wealth of reflections, observations and case studies.
Nici is currently busy with a permaculture presentation for a small farm design at SEED in Mitchell’s Plain, Western Cape.

Date: Thursday 18 August 2016

Time: 17:30 for 18:00

Venue: 94 Bessemer Street, Wendywood, Johannesburg.

R20 donation and cash bar available.

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ACRP, in partnership with FTFA, hosts Green Drinks events which are held at the FTFA Khaya in Wendywood, Johannesburg. This is a great opportunity to meet fascinating speakers and learn about new solutions to environmental and climate change challenges.

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About ACRP:

The African Climate Reality Project (ACRP), a programme of Food & Trees for Africa, is the African chapter of former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. In March 2014, Gore trained some 570 African Climate Leaders in South Africa, These leaders come from government, NGOs, youth, media and science across the continent. Their aim is to mobilise communities from Algeria to Zimbabwe to find solutions to climate change.


Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s first national social and environmental enterprise working towards a healthier more sustainable and low carbon future through developing, managing and promoting greening, climate change action, sustainable natural resource management, organic farming and food security programmes. Over 4.2 million trees have been distributed, thousands of natural food gardens, bamboo projects and organic farms for historically disadvantaged communities have been developed. FTFA has been a pioneer of climate change response, mitigation and adaptation, launching the first South African carbon calculator, the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and the Climate Hero Awards Africa.