Eataleni

Richard Haigh is a farmer. A baker, a cheese maker, a cook, a seed saver, plantsman, food activist, creative spirit and all round lovely human. He probably makes candles too. His small scale agro-ecological farm, Enaleni, just outside Pietermaritzburg is home to heritage Zulu sheep, landrace Kolbroek pigs and Nguni cattle, traditional ugatigati maize and…

Seed Keepers

A plump pumpkin greeted us at The Hedge Shed. Originally grown by Mama Rati in Van Reenen for many, many seasons. She passed the seeds on to keen gardener Eidin Griffin of The Hedge Shed, who has grown them successfully in the Midlands. An enthusiastic group had come to learn more about taking control of…

Eidin Griffin – Rebel Seed

Did you know that Heirloom seeds are older varieties which have adapted to their particular conditions and stayed true to type? Éidín Griffin has been saving seeds, spreading creative ideas and inspiring gardeners for many years and is really passionate about growing good food.  Ancestral seed saving was a necessity on farms in ‘the old…

Seed Super Heroes

Saturday dawned cold and wet. Not a good day for collecting seed, but perfect from snuggling into the Haynes’ Howick homestead and learning all about seed saving. Everyone had different reasons for joining the group – from distress at the seed companies domination of our food, saving money, avoiding GMOs and  building resilience, to trying…