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…

Secret Gardens of Engonjeni

“I don’t see the point of selling food to hungry people” Percival Gwala tells me. His neighbour Christopher Mbele agrees, “We like to help those around us who are needy.” Engonjeni is a small settlement in Lion’s River – the name translates as The Secret Place.   These men are enthusiastically growing and sharing food with…

Happy Milk

How often do you get to see the sunrise?  Many Midlanders rise early to start countryside chores at hours that would make city folk gasp.  Sharon Barnsley, considers it a privilege to share the early morning with her cows, rising at 4.30am to spend time in quiet contemplation as she milks Buttercup and Clover, always…