“Teach people how to grow their own food, improve their health and wellbeing, and nurture and protect the environment” – Soil for Life

As we embark on the next chapter of our business, so we turn our attention towards sustainability, not just in the materials we use but also in the way we treat our neighbour and add value to our community. We’re so fortunate that there’s an incredible organisation, Soil for Life, that embodies these values, just 5km up the road from us.

We first became interested in urban gardening in a personal capacity, many of us at work with young children, wanting to teach them about where food comes from, and how it’s grown. We also love to cook, and gosh there’s nothing like fresh veggies, or even just some herbs and spices, from your own garden. Admittedly, most of us don’t have a green thumb, but thankfully our Chief Food Officer, Chef Clara, has been helping us along the way. We’ve also been implementing systems around the brewery too, such as composting and worm farming (not as bad as it sounds – promise!) to make some green progress in the Taproom.

This month's Pint for Purpose at Jack Black is all about the urban gardening at Soil for Life

The more we learn about urban farming though, the more we began to understand its importance – not just in terms of spicing up a meal, but in terms of the future of the planet. Soil for Life are addressing some rather daunting issues in a rational and pragmatic way; where our food comes from, how we afford it, and how to ensure we can get it.

Since 2002, Soil for Life have helped people in economically challenged areas develop productive and sustainable home food gardens. Not only are they sharing skills and empowering people, but they are also guiding the narrative around a new consciousness; where does our food comes from and what effect does that have on us? 

Soil for Life educates local communities about growing a healthy soil for growing vegetables Jack Black brewery met the local community at the Soil for Life urban garden

We’ve had a chance to spend time with their team and are really excited to be supporting this worthy cause with our next Pint for a Purpose. Over the next few months we can’t wait to share our journey with you, as we continue to add elements of sustainability to our own Taproom and personal lives.

Come down to the Taproom and join in!

Soiled Out – An Evening of Comedy
Thursday, 8 August 2019 at 18h00

A host of brilliant comedians with stand-outs like Nik Rabinowitz join us for Soil For Life’s annual fundraiser.

R250 per person for a laugh, a half pint and a meal.
Get your tickets online here.

Oyster Feast
Saturday, 31 August 2019, time TBC

Jack Black and Chefs Warehouse come together for the annual Farm to table Oyster Fest.

R450 per person.
Includes your set dinner menu, a welcome drink on arrival and a pitcher of beer for your table.

Get your tickets online here.

If you’re busy on those dates, just pop down when you can a sink a few Soil For Life Pints and know that its helping spread the love.