Soil for Life



Soil for Life Cape Town

Soil for Life is a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation that assists communities in the Western Cape to overcome hunger, poverty and unemployment through the establishment of community and home food gardens. Through the training provided, people are taught to grow their own food using environmentally sound methods, equipped with knowledge regarding their health and nutrition and assisted to gain skills with which to generate income from their gardens.

In line with Soil for Life’s vision of creating a balance between the nutritional, economic and social needs of individuals and nature’s capacity to sustain life, the emphasis of the training provided is on building soil fertility, conserving water, utilising all available resources and ensuring that there is no damage to human or environmental health by ensuring that no agro-chemicals are use in crop production. Soil for Life works closely with local communities, NGO’s, local councils and government in the development and implementation of sustainable food gardening schemes in Gugulethu, KTC, Langa, Nyanga, Crossroads, Phillipi, Samora Machel, Seawinds, Lavender Hill, Vrygrond, Retreat, Steenberg, Grassy Park, Khayelitsha, Bonteheuwel, Elsies River and Saldanha.  The organisation is a registered Section 21 company  and non-profit organisation which has been granted exemption from tax and duties and approval in terms of Section 18A by the South African Revenue Services.

Soil for Life’s offices and Resource Centre are situated on the grounds of the Constantia Waldorf School, Cape Town.  Operational since March 2003, the Resource Centre is a major component of the organisation’s income generating activities.  The centre houses an organic vegetable, herb and fruit garden, a nursery, compost-making and vermi-composting facilities as well as an outdoor classroom which is utilised for training workshops.  Income is generated through sales to the public and organic retail outlets as well as through gardening workshops, schools’ educational activities, team building programmes and venue hire.

Website: Soil for Life

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Soil Food (compost): 'home-made', using locally sourced organic waste and manure
Earthworm bins: including worms and an instruction booklet
Vegetable planters: constructed from recycled palettes
Grow to Live: a simple guide to growing your own good, clean food
Training courses: in small-scale organic vegetable production, earthworm farming, compost production, herb cultivation and use, food processing and preserves, health and nutrition, plant propagation and nursery skills

Climate Change Leadership Award (2010) Community Sector Runner-up
Cape Times Environmental Award (2007)

Biodynamic Agricultural Association in South Africa (BDAASA)

Website: Soil for Life

General enquiries
Tel.: +27 (0)21 794 49 82
Fax: +27 (0)86 566 38 24
Skype: pat.featherstone3
Physical address: Stables Lane, off Brounger Way, Constantia, 7800, South Africa
Postal address: PO Box 31358, Tokai, 7966, South Africa

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