Almost 400 000 cabbage heads a year. Branded beetroot and broccoli delivered to the likes of Oxford Fresh Market, Food Lover’s Market and Spar. An own branded truck to transport the harvest to town. Cattle. A few goats. And, of course, lots of sweat and farming satisfaction. That’s Ndela Farming.
Just outside Weenen in KwaZulu-Natal, owner Thabani Bhengu runs the enterprise like a powerful machine. And as it happens, two of Food For Mzansi’s favourite young farming rock stars make their own appearance in this week’s inspiring farm photo story: Phikolomzi Dlamini is Ndela’s farm manager, and gets a visit from time to time from his close friend and mentor, Andile Ngcobo.
If you ask farmer Bhengu where he finds his inspiration to keep on keeping on, he simply but quickly answers, “Farming is a profession of hope.”
Find inspiration in the moments he captures on his farm.
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