From 09:00 – 15:00 you can join organic gardening talks and demonstrations, with refreshments, compost, plants and fresh organic veggies on sale. Entry is R20 per person and all profits will go towards Soil for Life’s Home Food Gardens programme, which helps people in low-income communities create sustainable home food gardens.
Soil for Life is a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Cape Town, with 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 the resources that 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 theme of their Autumn Open Garden is ‘Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can’, which explores growing food in an earth-friendly way using rubbish and readily-available materials. The Soil for Life team will be giving talks and practical demonstrations throughout the day on composting, feeding the soil, hidden ‘treasures’ in the garden, water-wise gardening methods (such as hugel kultuur beds) and growing sprouts and micro-greens.
Soil for Life is situated just off Brounger Road, (off Spaanschemaat River Road), Constantia, Cape Town (behind the Constantia Waldorf School and Peddlars)