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Friday, February 17, 2012

Soil and people, for life

Thanks to my good friend Deb for sending me this link!

People with nothing are often the ones to inspire us, as you will see at Soil For Life.

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Read more stories like the one below, from Cape Town, South Africa at Soil For Life.

Did you watch The People's Supermarket?

They take the food co-op idea even further by firstly, utilising the man-power of the members to pick local fruit and vegetables rejected by the big supermarkets, for reasons such as the cucumbers are not straight enough or the tomatoes are not big enough. Many farmers struggle to make ends meet because of the uniformity that supermarkets demand of the produce; a uniformity that says nothing of taste, nothing of fairness to the farmers and nothing of the growing methods used.

Secondly, to minimise wastage, they create prepared dishes from food coming up to its sell-by date. This has proven to be such a big seller that they cannot keep up with demand.

Thirdly,the system provides inspirational training and life skill opportunities to the local community and many have managed to gain qualifications and get paid jobs simply by participating in the scheme.

Great news! Pass it on... Join in.... Be part of the solution not part of the problem.

3 comments:

farmer_liz said...

I watched that series! The ideas were wonderful, I wish I lived near a supermarket like this! It was disappointing to see some of the bad attitudes though, people not buying things because it wasn't exactly the brand they usually get. I think of shopping like I do gardening, I buy what ever is on special/in season and work out a meal from there, I never go to the supermarket with a preconceived meal idea and try to buy all the ingredients. Anyway, for the people that got the concept, it seemed to work really well!

africanaussie said...

You are just a wealth of information Kate! what wonderful organizations you find - thank you!

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.