Planting a seed for change

Magda Campbell helped to create Beacon Organic Garden.

Volunteers who are willing to dig in and get their hands dirty are needed to help in this earth-friendly community garden, situated on the grounds of Beacon School for Learners with Special Educational Needs.

Beacon Organic Garden, which officially opened last year, was created by Mitchell’s Plain resident Magda Campbell in partnership with the school and Soil for Life.

As well as growing organic herbs and vegetables, the garden provides training to the pupils, helping equip them for future employment.

On Mandela Day volunteers will be helping create a giant composting area. Compost is a vital ingredient in successful gardening, adding nutrients to the soil, building humus levels and helping retain water. Everyday waste is used to make the compost making it beneficial for the environment in many ways – enriching the soil, reducing carbon in the atmosphere and helping minimise waste that ends up in landfill sites.

Volunteers must wear old clothes suitable for gardening and take any biodegradable waste such as fruit and vegetable scraps, garden waste, manure, wood ash, cardboard and newspaper.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Julian Makaranga at Soil for Life on or 021 794 4982 during office hours or visit