The Sozo Foundation​ is based in Vrygrond, Cape Town, where 80% of low-income households are food insecure. To help combat this the “Eden” program was designed to help communities address these levels of food insecurity. Last year Francisca came to Irish Seed Savers as part of the program to learn about our community work and how this could feed into their Eden program. In continuing this new found relationship, our seed coordinator, Jo Newton recently traveled to Cape Town to see first hand how the Eden program is transforming local communities and changing lives. Below are just a few pictures from Jo’s trip.

Saturday, I wasn't sure I'd be able to leave the home place let alone get to Cape Town!. Luckily the snow thawed and i made it to the airport

"Second day in Cape Town... Paradise garden at Sozo preparing the bed for carrotts. The seasons of course are all completely different to ireland, Bananas in the background!

Kim and Yusrah, the Eden gardeners

A perfect outlook to working with nature

Planted and named by me in the Sozo garden last Thursday

We visited the 'soil for life' project where Cisca did her first training in making soil out of nothing

Eden team and Andrew our guide on the Boomslang tree canopy walkway

Protea national emblem flowering at the Kirstenbosh Botanic Gardens

With the Sozo team and Cisca for the last time. A Very heart wrenching emotional farewell but know a strong connection is forged for the future and our seeds will be flourishing here.