Cape Town-based initiative, Soil for Life, has been selected as one of this year’s Impumelelo Social Innovations Award Winners. The decision was made after Pat Featherstone presented their Home Garden Project to the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre’s National Selection Committee in Cape Town on 12 July 2012.
Soil for Life is one of nineteen award winners to be announced at Impumelelo’s gala awards ceremony on the 6th September 2012 at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.
Through the Food Gardening Enterprise (FGE) and the Home Food Gardening Programme (HFGP), 827 poorly educated, unskilled and food insecure individuals in impoverished communities around Cape Town were taught the skills to grow their own food in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Soil for Life established 538 productive home gardens, which benefit 3,500 people, by teaching people how to create opportunities for themselves using low-cost or freely available material while simultaneously cleaning up their communities. The project also offers a skills programme, which teaches simple business skills where participants are encouraged to pursue their newfound capabilities at home or in groups and to set up small outlets for their wares.
The Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre is a non-profit organisation, established in 1999, that identifies, rewards, and promotes social innovation in public service and civil society. Impumelelo has awarded more than 300 projects that solve key public problems. Soil for Life addresses poverty and poor nutrition by providing individuals with skills that help communities in impoverished areas to provide cost efficient food for themselves, while learning to create their own small businesses.