Feed The Soil

To celebrate World Food Day, Ladles of Love is launching its brand new sustainability project – Feed The Soil!

This October, Ladles of Love is launching their sustainability programme – Feed The Soil. This programme will also help create awareness for World Food Day on 16 October.

This programme will encourage urban vegetable farming (as well as fruit and other produce) in our impoverished communities. Feed the Soil hopes to implement an eco-friendly solution in providing nutritious soil to urban famers in the Cape.

Our programme will launch on 16 October with the first roll out plan happening in the Sea Point area. For those not in this area, you can still join us for a day of food awareness while enjoying our fresh produce market of local organic goods!

Pre-orders for kits are available today! Read more about the Feed The Soil Programme HERE

a row of colourful images with people advocating world food day to help develop urban vegetable farming

“At least 2 billion people don’t have regular access to sufficient amounts of safe, nutritious food, while 3 billion cannot afford healthy diets and obesity continues to increase worldwide”

Too many people still go hungry in our communities today. The problem continues to grow and urban vegetable farming offers a long term solution. Those standing in the soup kitchen lines are not only hungry, they are malnourished. They have little to no access to nutritious and healthy food. This is even worse for the children who make up more than half of these lines every day.

a group of women in a soup kitchen peeling carrots to prepare for the meals and advocate why urban vegetable farming is needed
a long line of people from a poor community in the cape waiting for their meals at the soup kitchen that need urban vegetable farming for the meals
a rusty wheelbarrow standing before an urban farm in cape town where urban vegetable farming is needed to feed people at the soup kitchen

Through the growth and development of urban vegetable farming, we can find a solution to providing even those in need with healthy food every day. This is why community garden implementation is key to sustainability. We hope it will also be a solution to fixing the broken food supply chain in the Cape.

What is the Feed The Soil Sustainability programme?

Feed the Soil will be an ongoing programme that aims to develop urban vegetable farming in the Cape. Many for these farms struggle to grow their produce due to poor soil quality. Using the Eco-Waste Tool Kit, you will recycle your organic food waste which in turn will be turned into nutrient rich soil.

infographic showing how the feed the soil programme will work from our home to farms in cape town to develop our sustainable farming charities

As mentioned, we are only rolling out the first phase of our sustainability programme in the Sea Point area. This will take place on World Food Day on 16 October on the Sea Point promenade next to The Grand Pavillion.

For our Love Activists in the rest of the Cape, we are asking you to donate R200 or sign up a monthly debit order. The money goes towards the production of new soil for our urban farmers. Simply click on the button below to make your contribution now.

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What is the Feed The Soil Eco-Waste Tool Kit & how does it work?

Ladles of Love is proud to be partnering with ZTL (Zero To Landfill) Organics. ZTL are both experts and passionate about recycling organic waste to help develop urban farming in Cape Town. Zero to Landfill Organics will assist us by turning the waste we collect from suburban households into nutrient-rich compost. This organic compost will then be delivered to our network of urban farmers around the Cape.

We are asking you, our Love Activists, to purchase our Feed The Soil Organic Waste Tool Kit for only R200 which will include:

  • 1 x 5 litre Organic Waste Bin
  • 1 x 25 litre Storage Bin
  • 1 x bag of Sawdust
  • 1 x bag of Bokashi
two feed the soil waste kits to collect organic waste to help implement and develop urban farming for sustainable farming charities

What are your 5 litre and the 25-litre buckets for?

  • 5 litre bucket is the kitchen bucket – put this on your kitchen counter or under your sink.
  • 25 litre bucket is the storage bucket that can stay in your garage.
  • Before starting to deposit your organic/food waste into your 25 litre bucket, please throw your sawdust in first so that it sits at the base.
  • Seal the lid of your 25 litre container after each deposit from your 5 litre kitchen bucket.
  • Once your 25 litre bucket is full, throw a handful of bokashi on top and seal the lid shut.
  • DO NOT contaminate your waste with plastic, glass or metals please!

What is compostable?

Food waste, meat, bones, dairy products, milk, cheese, breads, cakes, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee grounds, filter paper, wax paper, paper towels, flowers, fruit & vegetable peels, plate scrapings.

What is NOT compostable?

Sugar sachets, cigarette butts, plastic, food wrapped plastic, tin cans, glass, broken glassware, cutlery, straws, plastic cutlery, cling wrap, tin foil, glass containers, plastic containers, milk bottle lids and packets, plastic meat wrappings and silicone baking paper.

a collection of fresh organic fruit and vegetables for sale grown from urban vegetable farming in cape town

Sign-up below to find out how and why we need to develop urban vegetable farming in Cape Town.

an urban farmer tending to hanging herb gardens in cape town who will help develop urban vegetable farming in the city

Some global facts to consider to help motivate why urban vegetable farming can help end hunger:

Smallholder farmers produce more than one-third of the world’s food

The planet will need to support 10 billion people by 2050, placing ever greater pressure on natural resources, the environment and the climate.

Up to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food that is not consumed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has induced an economic recession that could add up to 100 million or more to the 690 million people already suffering from hunger.

(Facts taken from the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations for World Food Day 2021)

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