Yuppiechef supports an NGO called Soil for Life who situated a hop, skip and a jump down the road from our offices in the sunny, southern suburbs of Cape Town and have a mandate to, quite simply, 'heal the soil, heal the plants, and heal the people'.
Sound good? Put some wind into the sails of a future home-gardener with a click:
- R25 = five packs of seed
- R50 = two large bags of compost
- R100 = a spade, fork, seedlings, herb plants or fruit trees saplings.
Yuppiechef holds Woolworths ransom, raises R100,000 for Soil for Life & wins a Gold Loerie!
Read the story of the 'David & Goliath' guerilla marketing manoeuvre that landed us a shiny, gold Loerie (2011). We'll always be grateful to Woolies for playing along and not sending their lawyers in with big wooden spoons;)
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Soil for Life are based in Constantia where they produce and sell wonderful vegetables, fruit, herbs and seeds. Their main work is into under privileged communities where they teach people how to start their own home gardens, provide on-going support through a team of field workers and over time see them blossom into agricultural experts! Our ambition is to help them see their vision come to fruition by aiding in whatever way possible.
If you'd like to support them as well, but don't know how to... we've now made an easy way. Below is an indication of how your money could be spent.
- R25 will see five packs of seed going into the hands of someone who can begin a journey into agriculture. As an example a packet of spinach seed contains over 100 seeds. Each seed has the potential of growing into a plant from which you can harvest a few leaves every few days for at least six months. If you take good care of your plant you can harvest from it for a year. R25 stretches a very long way when you think of it like that.
- R50 buys two large bags of compost to give the tiny plants that emerge from the seeds some sustenance for good, strong growth. Two bags of compost are enough for one growing season in a garden the size of two doors, which is very often all the space there is. They make a world of difference to the growth of vegetables in Cape Flats sand that is devoid of nutrients and doesn't hold water.
- R100 will see them well on their way, as they'll be able to buy a spade, fork, seedlings, herb plants or fruit trees. Below are some of the success stories at Soil for Life so far. If you'd like to join us in supporting this cause, please buy a 'Soil for Life' contribution and continue shopping as per usual. We will do the rest.
Here we have one of Soil for Life's greatest success stories: Charles Mathlay from Military Heights, a food gardener par excellence. His incredible garden not only boasts superbly healthy plants, but is a magnificent example of what can be done from nothing. He won many prizes for his garden last year, and draws many compliments for its beauty and for his creative ideas.
We visited him last year and he has completely transformed his small piece of land, using the materials available to him to build fences, a worm composting system, planting a huge variety of vegetables and herbs and most of all loving every little bit of it along the way. He has set his sights on greater things and is very keen to start a composting project on a nearby piece of land - a good way to earn an income from other people's waste. Find out more about Soil for Life by visiting their website.