Backyard Farms is something good to come from the bad of the 2020 Global Covid 19 lockdown.
Having spent most of 2020 running an emergency feeding project for many thousands of people
within the townships and communities of the Western Cape, Dom (our founder) became acutely
aware that handing out free food was neither sustainable nor empowering.
So, after lots of chatting and drinking tea with the community members, a social enterprise was
formed with the sole intention of creating a sustainable business model for the upliftment of women
in the townships. We wanted to combine our respective skills, experiences and resources to create
an organisation that can grow and improve the lives of everyone involved.
Put simply, we find women with unused backyards and community gardens and provide them with
compost, fertilizer, chilli plants and basic training to turn them into little chilli farms. We then buy
those chillies, and use them for the production of our new sauce range called “Backyard Farms”. The
more sauce we sell, the more chillies we buy- growing the network of little farms that we can
support. We are creating other sauces that will also be sold by our ‘farmers’ back into their
communities, increasing the money they can earn from this venture.
And we’re not stopping with just chillies – we are planting herbs and veggies and creating a selling
channel for the women that will increase their earning power and help us grow the range of our sauces.