The Beans

Guess what Bailey Bean’s parents are crazy about?  Beans of course! Deon and Chisomo Bean grow 30 varieties of beans around their home in Merrivale. There are Rattle Snake beans and Ugandan Bantu beans, dark green Jade beans, old fashioned Witsa beans and Red Noodle beans that taste a lot like mushrooms. Deon grew up…

Midlands Barter Markets

The revolution has begun! In the past couple of years, barter markets have begun to flourish in the Midlands. Many of us feel overwhelmed by the speed and chaos of modern life and are searching for a slower, more considered and mindful way of living.  While we may have plenty of money, often we don’t…

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…

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…

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…