Slow Midlands Meets Enaleni

The Slow Food movement, started 30 years ago in reaction to the introduction of fast food outlets in Italy, is flourishing in the Midlands right now. Three new communities have been formed – SF Community of Mpophomeni Food Conservation, SF Community of Midlands Regenerative Producers and SF Community of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Supporters. The principles of…

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…

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…

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…