A Thornybush Community Project
About Thousand Herbs and Vegetable Garden
Annicky, Thelma and their team of three mature ladies, have worked tirelessly since their inception in 2014 to perfect the art of running a successful rural agricultural business and ultimately “bridging the gap” between the safari industry and community owned businesses that working together.
Going above and beyond through a passionate initiative, they’ve maintained the highest standard of service by providing the most wonderfully fresh local produce to their customers and the 5-star establishments based in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Thornybush Nature Reserve. At the end of 2020, this passion-project agribusiness generated just over R225,000 in sales revenue, with profits to boot.
Passion drives this “agri-preneurship”
Even though COVID times tried their ways on this business initiative, it was passion and resilience that made sure this Agribusiness was here to stay. As a small business who was heavily reliant on the safari lodge fresh produce supply chain, the business had to pivot and become innovative in their market approach. As the tourism industry began to unfurl in August 2020 many of the beloved customers returned and the produce supply steadied once more.
The Thousand Herbs and Vegetable Garden team, have certainly shown resilience and determination and its been a privilege to see them adapt so seamlessly. The Thornybush lodges are proud to procure a large portion of their fresh produce from Thousand Herbs and Vegetable gardens.Thornybush Community offers business mentorship, assists with the garden’s business strategy, financial and administrative support, sales and marketing efforts and infrastructure upgrades. They’re a business we feel is worth our investment.