Potato Season

Amidst all the seasonal silliness, one thing we are serious about is organic potatoes. Root vegetables easily absorb pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides from the soil. Pesticides may be applied to conventionally grown potatoes and absorbed into the flesh.  Of course, you could peel your potatoes to reduce the risk of consuming toxins, but as 50%…

Cauliflower

Nothing says mid-winter better than a snow white cauliflower surrounded by crisp green leaves. The brassica family – which includes kale, cabbage, brussell sprouts and broccoli thrives in the colder weather and are good choices for winter meals.   Dovehouse Organic Farm Shop in Howick stocks great winter vegetables, including locally grown cauliflower.  The information in…

Sanele Nxumalo

Growing up in the hills around Pietermaritzburg, Sanele Nxumalo and his mates would explore the forested slopes looking for wild honey and feasting on indigenous berries. His father grew all the vegetables his family needed, kept chickens and goats and enjoyed cooking for the family too. “We lived an organic, sustainable life long before it…

Xola Keswa

Put on your Permaculture Glasses! Xola Keswa-Dlamini cannot pass a pile of rotting logs or heap of dry leaves without thinking how useful they would be in a food garden. “We are surrounded by so many valuable resources. There should be food growing everywhere. Unfortunately, many people still throw these resources away.” Xola didn’t always…

Hilton Produce Exchange

It’s a big job saving the planet, but starting small, with bite size chunks, can really make a difference. This is exactly what Karen Zunckel has done by initiating the Hilton Produce Exchange. Making compost and growing vegetables comes naturally to Karen. With her family, she has created a resilient oasis in Hilton, with beans…