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It Takes a Village

‘There is money in the soil,’ says community farmer

It was more than two decades ago when a group of 24 women and six men had the idea of starting the Siyazama Community Allotment Garden Association in their neighbourhood, opposite...

Epilepsy SA’s organic food garden brings healing

In the town of Parys, Free State a well-kept vegetable garden is providing therapeutic healing for the bodies and minds of people suffering from epilepsy and those living with disabilities. The lives...

Ma Pitso’s food garden makes safe space for kids

With the sun on their backs and the sound of kids playing in their ears, Mookho Pitso and her team of vegetable growers are setting an example to the next generation,...

Four friends are changing lives through organic farming

In a township riddled with poverty in a country where the youth faces staggering odds when looking for employment, four men have undertaking the challenging work of changing their own lives...

Seeding new futures through permaculture

When Leigh Brown, 48, started the SEED organisation twenty years ago, she envisioned an organisation that could connect children to food.   “We found this really big need of bringing, at that point, the...

When dreams came to nothing, her garden fed more than just her body

Every year, many people leave their homes in rural areas and migrate to cities to try and seek new opportunities to improve their lives. Unfortunately for Vuyokazi Wulana (55), who moved to...

Indigenous tree nursery set to mitigate climate change

As an intervention to mitigate the impact of climate change the Western Cape agriculture minister Dr Ivan Meyer opened an indigenous tree nursery in Worcester. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Meyer said...

KZN farmers offer life-changing opportunities to students

When commercial farmers in the Harry Gwala District in KwaZulu-Natal noticed that farm management students from the local college were forced to go from door to door to find internships to...

Free State missionary serves community with homegrown veg

To be a missionary, leave your family and go into communities to teach strangers about your faith is one thing, but to feed and often clothe them from your own pocket...

How a Covid-19 death inspired a Cape food garden

When Tracey-Ann Manus started a food garden in her backyard in June 2020, her heart was heavy with grief. The 37-year-old administration officer had just lost a beloved cousin to the...

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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.

Drought disaster means ‘dololo’ without farmer support

Following countless, urgent requests from farmers across the country, a drought disaster was declared for three provinces. While this unlock some financial support for suffering farmers, some are doubting whether it will even reach them.

N. West chicken abattoir a ‘big boost for beginner farmers’

Up-and-coming chicken farmers in North West have welcomed the opening of a government-owned chicken abattoir with more affordable rates. MEC Desbo Mohono says it helps farmers to grow the local economy and jobs. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Junk status: ‘Time to reposition fresh produce markets’

Sovereign credit ratings agency Moody’s downgraded four of South Africa’s top metros to junk status, but what does this mean for agriculture? This could actually impact fresh produce markets, warned Agbiz.

Beef farmer: I am caught in the middle of my child’s...

This beef farmer is struggling with an adult daughter who is pouting like a child and an ex son-in-law renting land.