What if, more often, we saw problems in our communities and took matters into our own hands to fix them?

Innovation happens when we see a problem, know the hardships involved in making it a reality, and press on anyway! For Lufefe Nomjana, the “Spinach King”, seeing a need in the community and innovating a solution has become his passion!

“In the past 100 years so much has changed, but not enough has stayed the same”. 1

These are words from the Spinach King himself, who is working to keep the members of his town of Khayelitsha, South Africa from running out of food by working with local farmers to grow crops from the nutrient-rich soils.

He’s bringing his community back to its roots by sowing seeds that grow into food that keeps the community healthy and strong. His business, Spinach King, thrives on bringing healthy, nutritious food to his community.

Here he is with Great Big Story, talking about the origins of his idea, and its impact on those around him. Great Big Story is a fantastic channel that publishes lots of phenomenal and inspiring videos like this one. Go check them out when you’re done here!

“Let’s create the world that we want to live in, together”

We’ve paired this video with thought-provoking discussion questions perfect for the classroom in this touchstone on our education platform, EWCed!

Inspiring words from an inspiring person. He saw the lack of food in his community and worked hard to make it possible for every family to have healthy food on their table for dinner.

Nomjana reminds us that it’s an amazing world because it can be whatever we make out of it.

Through working with the planet and taking a step back to old traditions, we can find cost-efficient ways to live a better life.

What can you do to make your community thrive? Check out the other amazing people we’ve featured here on EWC, such as this physician who’s bringing healthcare to those who need it most, this 21-year-old who has figured out a way to clean up our oceans, or an artist who is bringing peace to communities with graffiti.

Find the beauty in what surrounds you, and remember, it’s still an amazing world out there!

  • Sam


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  1. “The Spinach King of South Africa.” YouTube. Great Big Story, 02 Nov. 2015. Web. 06 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OGe42n1844>.
  2. “The Spinach King of South Africa.” YouTube. Great Big Story, 02 Nov. 2015. Web. 06 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OGe42n1844>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.