Soil for Life – changing the world one person and one garden at a time
Soil for Life is a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Cape Town, South Africa on a mission to grow healthy soil, people and communities. They help people learn to grow healthy, organic food using simple, low-cost, environmentally-friendly methods with whatever resources are available.
Soil for Life started in 2002 and since then, has trained thousands of people in sustainable food gardening. A total of 3,930 people were trained through Soil for Life’s community-based Home Food Gardens programme between 2009 and 2016, in 16 low-income areas of Cape Town including Delft, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Steenberg. The benefits are numerous on many levels – for the individuals we train, their families, their communities and the planet.
Many gardeners have been so successful they have fresh produce to share, and are earning money from selling seeds, plants and vegetables. Several people have been able to find employment and start small businesses using the skills they learnt with Soil for Life.
Soil for Life has a demonstration organic garden and training centre in Constantia, Cape Town. There is a shop and nursery on site, as well as Cape Town’s greenest function room, which is available for conferences, meetings and small events.