The Fair Food Foundation was registered in 1995 as Newlands Mashu Community Development Centre. The business is registered as a section 21 Company, Public Benefit Organisation and registered NPO.

Father Wigbert Lange, a charismatic priest from Newlands East Catholic Parish first established the the Newlands East company to address the need for food security, agriculture training and support of vulnerable surrounding communities. International fund support through the Franciscan order was instrumental, in establishing the 2Ha training facility and together with the support of respected international and local permaculture practitioners, grew to a practical permaculture demonstration farm opened officially by Cardinal Wilfred Napier and Cllr Nomusa Dube in October 2002.

Over 5000 beneficiaries were trained throughout KZN, and over 40 000 trees were planted with support of Grant Funding and through project partners in KZN. Due to funding challenges, the Foundation was forced to relocate to Mariannhill Monastery Farm and establish a new operations base. Support from eThekwini Municipality, National Lotteries Commission, Vodacom Foundation, Bioregional, Breadline Africa, Project Preparation Trust KZN and The Jobs Fund amongst others, assisted in rolling out numerous food and agriculture support programs and formation of the Edamame Development program in 2012.

The Foundation was instrumental in the establishment of The Fair Food Company, and remains a shareholder and key support training, skills and development partner.


The mission of the Foundation as enshrined in its MOI is to promote communal interests by providing for the upliftment of the poorer classes within the Republic of South Africa.


To be a Company that delivers excellent products, services and value to all stakeholders in the agribusiness sector.