Top food gardeners harvest awards

The Soil for Life team and trainers.

Soil for Life, a non-profit organisation in Constantia that helps people learn to grow healthy, organic food using simple, low cost andenvironmentally friendly methods, held its home-gardening awards in Brounger Road, on Friday November 10.

People from all over Cape Town had joined the home-gardening cycle, where they had been taught how to maintain their own food gardens.

The cycle runs for 12 weeks and Soil for Life staff visit the homes of those in the programme, choosing the first and second best of the gardens.

There were prizes handed to first and second best home garden, container garden, new home garden and most recycled garden.

FranFredericks, field co-ordinator at Soil for Life, welcomed everyone and called two women to share experiences through the 12-week programme.

First up was Magda Campbell, who encouraged the group to not stop gardening after finishing the course.

“Soil for Life actually showed me the importance of growing your own vegetables. In my first cycle, I had the most beautiful crops, but the second and the third I just went down.”

Serene Fabing had the crowd cheering as she told how Soil for Life had changed her life and way of thinking.

“With this gardening process, we have broken racial barriers. When I started with my trench beds,myhusband teased me, but not anymore because I am now feeding him from my garden,” Ms Fabing said proudly.

PatFeatherstone, director and founder of Soil for Life, said she was proud she was of the groups, which have put extra effort
into creating their own food gardens.

For more information about Soil for Life, call 021 794 4982,
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