Zandile Sikhakane

A chance encounter in the Impendle Library changed a few lives. That’s the sort of thing that happens in small country towns. Keen reader Zandile Sihakane was delighted when a library opened in the main street of Impendle where she has lived all her life.  Before that, there were just no books around and accessing…

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…

Pod Gardens

Permaculture systems evolve naturally by responding to the surrounding environment. While there are basic principles, every system is different. “You can’t jump right into permaculture – it is actually generations of observation and development.”  Bruce Haynes is particularly fascinated by urban gardens and their ability to enhance food and economic freedom. Over the last five…

Bananas Don’t Grown in Dargle

Well, not usually. However, when uber-gardener Lawrence Qholloi decides to grow bananas (and coffee, mango and casava) – they do! “I am a bit obsessed with tropical fruit at the moment,”  he laughs, plucking an almost ripe papaya from the tree inside his tunnel beside the mist-belt forest. Clearly, the forest inspires him.  “It is…

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…

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…

Nhlakanipho Nzimande

Nhlakanipho believes that true wealth comes from a strong community, meaningful work and the ability to grow and eat good food. He recalls with pride the family stories that are still told, about the time when his ancestors lived sustainably at amaKhuze, before they were forcibly removed during Apartheid resettlements.  “They were an integrated, cooperative…