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Permaculture in South Africa…

See how these schools and teachers are teaching their learners the organic way... As firm believers in growing herbs and all food along organic principals, Christine and Sue are interested in how this is being implemented in South and Southern Africa. A well known way of farming organically in Southern Africa is permaculture. The first … Continue reading Permaculture in South Africa…

Organic agriculture in South Africa and It’s Pioneers…Part 4 of “What’s all the fuss about organic”…

Organic farming in South Africa has its roots in the Indigenous knowledge of all the tribes of the sub-continent. One of the first, most widely known pioneers was the late Robert Mazibuko (1904-1994). While training to become a teacher, he was introduced to organic farming at St. Francis teachers College at Marianhill Monastery. Later he … Continue reading Organic agriculture in South Africa and It’s Pioneers…Part 4 of “What’s all the fuss about organic”…

Pioneers of the Organic Movement in the East and West…Part 3 of… So What’s all this Fuss About Organic…

Organic agriculture is not some "new-fangled hippy idea". According to written records, Chinese scientists have been classifying soils according to colour, structure and other characteristics since the Ming Dynasty (4000BC). Instructions were given on how best to cultivate the soil. Through all the generations this knowledge has never been lost and today, in rural areas … Continue reading Pioneers of the Organic Movement in the East and West…Part 3 of… So What’s all this Fuss About Organic…

Why all this fuss about organic?…What does it really mean?… (Part 1)

“Gardening according to ‘organic’ principles focuses on caring for the soil at all times.” (Irmela Reichardt) The more natural the manners in which plants have been grown, the more ‘organic’ the vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits are that we harvest. Up until the 1940’s, gardeners and farmers were organic by default. Soil fertility was maintained by … Continue reading Why all this fuss about organic?…What does it really mean?… (Part 1)