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Greenfield Market Garden and Kirimuva, run as profitable, small enterprises, are thriving community gardens that provide fresh produce for the local community.
Recently, the gardens each held a successful committee election, with a new chairwoman elected for the top position at Greenfield and a number of women taking posts at Kirimuva.
This marks a significant milestone for these gardens, as it is the second time a woman has been elected to the top position.
The elections were conducted as a secret ballot, a fully democratic process, and every member of each garden who attended the plebiscite had a say in who would lead them.
The new chairwoman of Greenfield, Tracy Jubane, is excited to take on the role and lead the garden to new heights and remarked, "I have a vision for the garden that includes more community involvement and a focus on sustainability and development like the progress that has been made by other gardens like Sizinda garden."
The other members of the committee are also excited to collaborate with her and help bring this vision to life.
The election of a woman to the top position is a significant achievement for the garden. Women are often underrepresented in leadership roles, especially in traditional society, and this election shows that the Greenfield Garden is committed to promoting the empowerment of women through the principle of meritocracy.
It is essential to have women involved in leadership roles, as they bring a unique perspective and skill set to the table. This can lead to better decision-making and a more inclusive community.
The democratic process is also crucial in achieving a successful garden.
Every member who had a vote had a say in who would lead them, and this ensured that the person elected had the support of the entire community as well as a strong mandate to govern.
This also means that the new chairwoman will be held accountable by the community and will have to work hard to deliver on her promises.
The success of the Greenfield Market Garden is a testament to the power of community involvement and the importance of democratic processes.
By involving every member of the garden in elections, the community was able to elect a leader who has their support and can lead the garden to new heights.
The election of a woman to the top position also shows the garden's commitment to promoting meritocracy in making their choices.