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
- Green Credentials
Climate Change Leadership Award (2010) Community Sector Runner-up
Cape Times Environmental Award (2007)
Biodynamic Agricultural Association in South Africa (BDAASA)
See our News section for the latest news articles, and our Events page for upcoming workshops and events.
Media articles featuring Soil for Life
More Capetonians are realising that growing their own vegetables is the healthiest way to go, Mail & Guardian, 2012
Eat For The Earth 2012, Mother City Living, 2012
One Ethical Meal at a Time, the Green Times, 2012
Grow To Live: Learn how to grow your own veggies with Soil For Life, Mother City Living, 2012
Sowing the Seeds of Food Security, New York times, 2011
Pick n Pay and Ceres embarks on a project as a joint venture in their support for Soil for Life, Pick 'n Pay, 2011
Soil for Life social enterprise strives to feed the nation, Anglo American, 20 October 2010
Oases of green: a tour of Soil For Life’s community food gardens, Mother City Living, 2009
Soil for Life take a hike, Independent Newspapers, 2008
Biophile Magazine articles by Soil for Life
Build the soil, harvest the plants, feed the people, heal the planet, By Pat Featherstone, Life in Balance
Website: Soil for Life
Tel.: +27 (0)21 794 49 82
Fax: +27 (0)86 566 38 24
Physical address: Stables Lane, off Brounger Way, Constantia, 7800, South Africa
Postal address: PO Box 31358, Tokai, 7966, South Africa