Mulching

Mulch provides the soil and plants with a great deal of organic matter, making for healthier soil and, thus, healthier plants. Mulching means the covering of soil with one or more layers of organic material. Mulching benefits the soil in several ways. Firstly, it…

Farmer John Organic Standards

‘WELL GROWN’  IS AN EMERGING ORGANIC FARM IN SWELLENDAM FARMER JOHN ORGANIC STANDARDS: 1. For uncompromised nutritional value all crops must be grown in fertile soil attached to the earth and nourished by the natural biological activities of that soil. There are so many…

Regenerative agriculture

“Regenerative agriculture” has its origins thousands of years ago, when all agriculture was performed in more ecological ways. “Restorative Agriculture” is about restoring the life and nutrients to the soil by applying diverse ecological systems to bring the balance of life to the farm,…

Open Source Permaculture – a perspective

John Vajra on Open Source Permaculture: “Permaculture is about liberation, freedom and prosperity. Permaculture is about the natural fertility of the earth, and the natural right of every being to cultivate and enjoy that fertility, freely.”

Permaculture – an ethical system

“Permaculture is a movement concerned with sustainable, environmentally sound land use and the building of stable communities, through the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth.” Permaculture Ethics: “Care of the Earth”  includes all living and non-living things, such as animals,…

Mono Culture – definition

Monoculture is the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop, plant, or livestock species, variety, or breed in a field or farming system at a time. Polyculture and/or Permaculture (“Permanent agriculture”) where more than one crop is grown in the same space at the…

Agro-ecological farming, a viable alternative . . .

The Organic way: Organic and Agro-ecological farming is a viable and necessary alternative to unsustainable mono culture ways of producing food. Modern monoculture farming uses more petroleum than any other single industry. More energy is now used to manufacture synthetic fertilizers than to till,…

Paul Roux – new beginnings

We have left Waaipoort Farm and relocated to the village of Paul Roux off he N5 near Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State. Watch this space – the new home of ‘the Little Herb Cottage‘ herbs and herbal products grown and produced on a…

Waaipoort nursery – its happening

With our temporary propagation and nursery area bursting at the seams it is a welcome site to see poles in place for our permanent nursery and ready for shade net. The Waaipoort nursery is an important part of our farm infrastructure where a wide…

PGS Certification – acknowledgement by our peers

Congrats to Yvette and Netanya (Farmer John) for receiving the PGS certification. For those of you don’t know: PGS South Africa operates according to the guidelines for Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) as defined by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). “Participatory Guarantee…