Soil for Life is a Cape Town-based non-profit organization teaching people how to build the soil and grow healthy plants, so that families can sit down to plates of safe, fresh nutritious food, all year round.
Soil for Life envisages a green city, where everyone is growing some of their own food using environmentally-sound methods of food production. “We see a city where people live a healthy lifestyle and from their home gardens run small businesses to generate income for themselves and their families. We’re changing the world one person and one home food garden at a time.”
By encouraging people to create green growing spaces in unfriendly and often dangerous areas, Soil fro Life strives to help them reconnect with the earth, to recognize the possibilities that radiate from the soil, plants and each other and to realize their potential for healthy, productive and fulfilling lives.
In June 2013 June the members of the Constantia Valley and Constantiaberg Garden Clubs were taken out of their comfort zones and into the world of shacks, tik, barefoot children, skinny dogs – the stark reality of poverty – to visit food gardens in Lavender Hill and Steenberg. And yet in the midst of this depressing area, beacons of hope burn strongly.
Those beacons were gardens. And that is why OGC warmly supports the mission of Soil for Life.