Friday Smile – Soil For Life


I AM DIGGING SOIL! I did the Soil For Life “Grow Your Own Vegetables” course. My motivation to do the course was that I kill almost everything I plant. I discovered, after reading countless vegetable gardening books and still many a dead plant, that I am the kind of person that needs to visually see how to help sustain life, particularly vegetables. I needed to put head knowledge into practice. I can’t encourage you enough to learn how to grow you own food and if you need a course that is both hands-on and practical but also incredibly informing then do the SOIL FOR LIFE course. Learn firsthand why SOIL HEALTH = PLANT HEALTH = HUMAN HEALTH.

SOIL FOR LIFE Course Grow Your Own Vegetables - I DIG SOIL!
SOIL FOR LIFE Course Grow Your Own Vegetables – I DIG SOIL!

I also wanted to honour soil by understanding the importance of healthy soil in relation to human health. The United Nations FAO have dedicated 2015 to “Year of the Soil”.

What I want to focus on for this Friday Smile is the uplifting and vital work that Soil For Life does in poorer communities and the results that they achieve are astounding.


To see some of the wonderful work Soil for Life is doing please go to:

I would like to congratulate Soil For Life for all they do and have achieved to help poorer communities, with no resources, to grow their own food. Bravo guys!

If you wish to do a weekend course or just want to know more about the vitality of soil then give them a call on 021 794 4982. Become a Soil Ambassador with SOIL FOR LIFE.

I will share what I discovered at a later date so stay posted for that. If you want to know more about our food system in South Africa then subscribe to EATegrity and receive a Mindful Monday recipe each week.

Sonia Mountford

Sonia Mountford lived as an expat in the Middle East for a number of years and enjoyed travelling and exposure to third and first world cultures. Her interest in food security began while visiting in Sri Lanka after floods and discovering the politics around Food Aid. As a co-founder of Grass Consumer Action and the only full time member, she spent four years researching the dysfunctional food system in South Africa, investigating, questioning and exposing misleading claims. Although her interests range from food politics to toxins in our food, including harmful ingredients in processed foods and Big Food influence; she soon came to realize that the most important part of the food journey begins on farms. For that reason she spends much of her time visiting farms, learning and talking about constraints and concerns in production methods with farmers. Passionate about nutritional food security she believes higher animal welfare farming practices are not only necessary for ethical reasons but also for human health. She is an ambassador for SOIL, BEES and healthy WATER. Mountford started EATegrity ( “Helping You Find Integrity in the Food Chain” in 2015. Her aim is create greater consumer awareness about the food chain and to encourage transparency in the South African food industry.

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