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Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winners!

1.  The Climate Change Award

Supported by

Department of Environmental Affairs

 

 GOLD AWARD WINNER

Department of Agriculture: SmartAgri Plan

SILVER AWARD WINNER

TOMA-Now: What do we do with the aliens?

BRONZE AWARD WINNER

Global Wheeling

2. The Eco-Innovation Award

3. The Recycling & Waste Management Award

4. The Eco-Build Award

Sponsored by

GOLD AWARD WINNER

Streetlight Schools

SILVER AWARD WINNER

Hotel Verde

BRONZE AWARD WINNER

Dekro Paints: Amoriguard A-Gain

5. The Water Conservation Award

6. The Green Economy Award

Supported by

7. The Biodiversity Award

9. The Eco-Community Award

10. The Eco-Youth Award

11. The Eco-Angel Award

 Sponsored by

GOLD AWARD WINNER

Rhian Berning

SILVER AWARD WINNER

Craig Foster

BRONZE AWARD WINNER

Mashudu Makhokha

12. The Eco-Warrior Award

Sponsored by

GOLD AWARD WINNER

Sinegugu Zukulu

SILVER AWARD WINNER

Margo Tamzone Adonis

BRONZE AWARD WINNER

Daniel Nyarenda

14. The Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by

Pat Featherstone

Soil for Life

Pat Featherstone is the founder and director of Soil for Life, a public benefit organisation that teaches people how to grow their own food, improve their health and wellbeing, and nurture and protect the environment. 

The Soil for Life demonstration garden and composting depot is located in Constantia, Cape Town, but Pat and her team spend most of their time on the Cape Flats,
demonstrating, training and encouraging residents to grow their own food, either in their own little garden or cooperatively in open spaces and to live optimally healthy lives. She has always believed in working at the grassroots level to build and educate a population that has an appreciation of and relationship with their soil.

She is also the author of Grow to Live - A simple guide to growing your own good, clean food. Published in 2008, it is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Pat’s daughter, Leah Hawker, and is replete with line drawings to make every step in the creation of food gardens understandable. She has also written articles for Gardener Magazine, Biophile and Garden & Home, with the intent of increasing knowledge and awareness of the benefits of food growing, particularly with organic methods. Pat has also run workshops in the Eastern Cape and Genadendal. Pat has also attended two international Organic Agriculture Development training courses – one in Sweden and the other in Thailand and has been an International Guest speaker at Keene State University.

Pat’s passion for good soil and the combination of inspiration, enthusiasm and hard work has been handed down through the women in her family - from her mother, grandmother and aunt - and to her three daughters. They all learned to tread carefully on the Earth. Pat has always loved learning, and even at the age of nine was propounding her theories about the delicate balance of Nature and the pressure that humans were rapidly placing on the Earth. In 1962 Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring helped to determine her course of study.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from the University College of Rhodesia (London) majoring in Zoology and Biochemistry, and a teaching degree from the same university. Her greatest mentor was Professor Bursell, who taught his students that there is a spiritual side to science. In the years that followed her three daughters have cheered from the sidelines and have much faith in her as a mother, albeit an eccentric one. She trusts that they will tread the same path and learn the most important skill of all – to grow their own food.

Pat’s first experience in the world of NGOs was with the Food Gardens Foundation. Then in 2002 she branched out on her own as Soil for Life and began training programmes for home gardeners in the Western Cape. From its base in the Soil for Life garden the work has flourished, touching the lives of gardeners from all backgrounds - constantly teaching and learning, sharing wisdom and experience, as they return their soil to a loamy, fertile state of fruitfulness. People come to the garden from all over Cape Town to buy compost, organic vegetables or just to be inspired by its natural beauty and fruitfulness.

Pat is dedicated to serving humanity, creating strong, positive energies in places where there are none. Her assignment on this planet is “to serve it and preserve it, dress it and keep it”.

Pat has received a number of awards, but one of her greatest honours in recent years was to become the first woman in Africa to be fitted with a mechanical heart pump, powered by a battery which she wears on her waist. She treats every new day as a gift to be celebrated and shared. The potential of the Soil, combined with the appreciation and effervescence that is Pat Featherstone, is what has made Soil for Life the environmental flagship that it is.

David Parry-Davies says “Pat is a shining example of a selfless and generous-hearted human being. Her longstanding commitment to serving both humanity and the Earth is based on a foundation of solid science and pragmatism that has benefitted over 35000 individuals who have benefitted from her hands-on training and mentorship. Pat is an inspiration to us all and we are deeply grateful to her for her lifetime of truly eco-logical efforts".