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The Makoeles got the land, and they’re nurturing it!

Every Friday, we feature one of the rising farm stars participating in the FarmSol Youth Ambassador programme. This week, we travel to the Free State to meet father-and-son team Lehotla and Morapidi Makoele, who are continuing their family legacy.

Young agronomist is giving back through agriculture

For Wafiq Essop, agriculture provides the perfect opportunity to employ and empower South Africa's poor and disenfranchised. And as an agronomist, he is happy to be a part of the solution.

Neighbourhood food angels pray that the pots stay full

A resident of Delft in Cape Town who has been running a soup kitchen near her home since lockdown last year had to use some of her family’s savings to keep feeding people.

Agripreneurship 101: A look into the jam-making industry

In 2019, Gontse Selaocoe (22) started a jam-making business with just R1000. The Orange Farm local came up with the funds by saving his travel money - instead of taking public transport he walked home from his school in...

Farming mentor’s golden rule: Never overplay your hand

Despite the challenges that farming may bring there is nothing else that 61-year-old farming mentor Barend "Barry" Nel would rather do than to be in the open air with muddied boots, working the soil. He believes that farming is in his genes, and he promises that he would never dissert it, even if he was offered an office job in Sandton.

Free State ‘black gold’ breeder shares his secrets to success

Growing up on a farm in the Free State, 29-year-old Chrisjan van Tonder always knew that he would one day feed the nation. However, when the time came to take over and become the third generation to assume responsibility for the family farm, it was unexpected and under challenging circumstances.

New farmers: Reasons to supply to fresh produce markets

If you’re a first-time farmer, supplying to the fresh produce markets may be the best way to get your business off the ground, advises farmer Mbali Nwoko, founder of Green Terrace.

Young farmer is empowering youth through agriculture

The vegetable farmer is passionate about youth development and has grown her business, based in Rustenburg in North West, from subsistence to commercial level. Teke’s produce has gone on to benefit various families and schools in her community, and she also supplies a local lodge.

Vaccine: Good news for under 35s, but will they register?

If you are younger than 35, you might join the Covid-19 virtual registration queue sooner than you think. This, as a Limpopo farmer and medical practitioner tells us, “It would be a catastrophic move to leave them behind.”

‘Start big,’ advises Gauteng pig farmer

Pig farmer Nthabiseng Mathebula’s journey into farming was both based on a lifelong passion for animals and a desire to contribute to her family’s goals. After she finished matric, she had intended on fulfilling her childhood dream of going to veterinary school. Instead, she settled on animal production.

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From bullied teen to 15-year-old kitchen entrepreneur

Siphesile Mhlongo (15) from KwaZulu-Natal may not be old enough to drive or attend culinary school yet, this has not stopped her from starting her own food business.

Recipe: Sippy’s strawberry shake

Siphesile Mhlongo is only 15, but she's already running her own business, teaching other teens to cook.

Chicken farm guide: Tips on chicken feed

Farming with chickens is relatively cheap compared to other farming options. One of your biggest expenses will be chicken feed, so you need to know exactly how to minimise food wastage and spoilage in order to keep your costs down.

African swine fever tips for small-scale pig farmers

African swine fever is no child’s play. It can literally destroy pig farmers overnight. Currently, Mzansi has at least 52 outbreaks across the country. An expert has top tips on biosecurity measures.

Farm dwellers, farmers clash with government over land

Farm dwellers, whose families have lived on Bapsfontein Farm (portion 5 of Varkfontein) near Bronkhorstspruit since 1954, have taken control of 160 of its 222 hectares, claiming that they are the rightful beneficiaries of the land.