Eat for the Earth wrap up

This last Saturday, one of those splendidly warm days that our forgiving winter months throw at us, we attended a little closing ceremony of sorts at Soil for Life. It was a farewell to the month of June, World Environment month as well as to the month of Eat for the Earth. And as always, it was a humbling experience.


Have you ever been to Soil for Life? We strongly encourage you to take a drive through there one weekend. If not to see their inspiring gardens, then to peruse their little gift shop or simply to sit amongst the giant pines on wood carved thrones and be grateful for the sun.


It was amongst these pines beside the function room at Soil for Life, yes they have a lovely function room, that the afternoon luncheon took place. Amid freely wandering pooches of all shapes and sizes and a lovely mix of earth conscious folk, we found ourselves in keen conversation.

The afternoon commenced with some kind words from Jo Fuller, director at Soil for Life, and thanks to everyone involved in supporting the day to day initiatives at Soil for Life. Pat Featherstone, founding member Soil for Life, then shared a rather inspiring tale with us. Do you know Wangari Maathai? She is a Kenyan political and environmental activist, and also the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in The Greenbelt Movement in Kenya. We strongly suggest you read up on her. But for now, if you’ve ever wondered how your one meal is making a difference, this lovely tale will warm the cockles of your heart.

Patrick Dowling from WESSA also gave a delightful presentation on the miraculous little earthworm and what a great impact these crawling critters can have on your garden and home veggie patches.


To finish off the afternoon the folks at Soil for Life, their prolifically growing garden full of baby marrows and shu-shus and the incredible cooking skills of Jules Mercer provided a delicious spread of soups, breads and salads.


We also had a lovely little raffle, where the lucky drawn number walked away with a Yuppiechef voucher, a gardening course with Soil for Life, some champers and a Le Creuset corkscrew. How neat?


You know that saying “All good things must come to an end”? Well the downside of this truth is that it applies to this year’s Eat for the Earth. The upside is that, just like an earthworm, the end can sometimes look just like the beginning.

We look forward to next year’s Eat for the Earth and hope that, just like that hummingbird, you are inspired to make a difference, no matter how small you may think it is.