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CNBC TV program

CNBC TV program

Hello there My apologies for being absent from cyberspace for so long. I have been getting the farm ready for the season. This was filmed last week. I will be here again soon. Stay well.    

Why farm mechanically when you can farm biologically?

Why farm mechanically when you can farm biologically?

We always try to opt for the biological solution where possible. This vignette, pertaining to management of our cover crop in the vineyards, illustrates the point I am trying to make. A major problem for almost every wine farm at this time of the year is a weed called Ramnas, a type of wild radish. […]

The bullying tactics of the feedlot/grain fed beef industry.

The bullying tactics of the feedlot/grain fed beef industry.

Dear Reader I have been threatened with legal action by SA Feedlot. They represent the grain fed beef industry. You can only feed cattle grain in a feedlot. They know that on every conceivable metric grass fed beef beats grain fed beef. Whether it be nutritional value to the human eating it, the environmental impact, […]

Conventionally produced food is irresponsibly or dishonestly priced

Conventionally produced food is irresponsibly or dishonestly priced

I had two sets of visitors to the farm today and the question of the pricing of organic goods came up again. Second to the great canard, organics cannot feed the world, it is the most common observation about our produce. That usually stops after tasting the quality and engaging on the subjects below. As […]

PechaKucha Presentation

PechaKucha Presentation

  I spoke at the last PechaKucha event. It is an amazing opportunity to get your message across. You have to present 20 slides, each of them in 20 seconds. Below is the slide presentation with my comments below each slide. Slide 1. Just like starvation, obesity is a form of malnutrition. South Africa is […]

Ezibusisweni Straw Wine

Ezibusisweni Straw Wine

How it started. Back in 2005 whilst we were housebuilding (out of clay, the subject of an imminent blog) and starting to develop our garden along permaculture and biodynamic principles under the guidance of Avice Hindmarch, we also decided to learn Italian. In Stellenbosch there is only one Italian teacher worth having and that is […]

The Grieving of E17

The Grieving of E17

I witnessed the most amazing thing at Rustenberg yesterday evening. I had got a phone call in the early morning to say there was a dead calf. By the time I got there to move them to their new camp, more luscious grass that the Barlow family kindly let us graze, I could immediately see […]

What was used to blow up the Norwegian Prime Minister’s Office?

What was used to blow up the Norwegian Prime Minister’s Office?

In a handful of healthy soil there are more micro organisms than there are humans on earth. In case you did not read that here it is again; In a handful of healthy soil there are more micro organisms than there are humans on earth. I would highly recommend reading this book that gives an […]