Eco-farm Projects start-up

Update posted by Alessandra Benton On Mar 23, 2018

Despite the ongoing extreme drought conditions we are experiencing in the Western Cape, we continue to persevere toward our dream. Our garden has taken much strain yet is still holding strong!

Our recent addition of certain companion plants has deterred many critters yet we still have to find the right mixture to save our pumpkins! Our mielies(corn) unfortunately didn't survive the harsh conditions yet our radish is seeding beautifully(for our next sowing) and the amaranth (middle) seems to absolutely adore our special compost mix! How wonderful it would be to have an irrigation system to transform this budding food forest!

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Update posted by Alessandra Benton On Mar 21, 2018

If you like our cause but fear folks don't use funds for the right purpose, we welcome non GMO seed, seedling, or tree donations of any kind! Here's a 'short' list of some of the things we're needing in the permaculture forest:

Wheat, Corn/Mielie, Rye, Buckwheat, Millet, Rice, Oat, Barley, any fruit or nut trees, sesame, chia, turmeric, pickling cucumber

Below are a few links to sites with the above seed( and lots of other amazing non GMO seed!):

Livingseeds.co.za

Organicseed.co.za

SeedsforAfrica.co.za

If you wish to contribute this way, please contact us for our shipping details.


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Update posted by Alessandra Benton On Jan 25, 2018

In our years here it has been an ongoing project to remove all invasive species. After moving to the area we noted that the entire region had become overrun with multiple types of invaders.

First we began with a manual plot clearing of black wattle(Acacia mearnsii), used sustainably as fencing and cooking firewood and the plot for the start of a permaculture forest. We soon saw, that though this method works well for our uses, this was not going to be the best approach for the rest of the region. Galls with wasps that only specifically infect the black wattle species were acquired and quickly released.

This control method has now completely infested this invader, young and old, throughout the entire area. Soon the glorious indigenous forest aspects will regain their space. On to the next invader!

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This method is a gradual process which inhibits the reseed of the invaders. The means no deforestation or land clearing, just a natural take-over of the endemic species.

Alessandra Benton

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Thank you so much for your contribution to our growing project!

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