Mutualism:What benefits the land, benefits us

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Mutualism is a symbiotic relationship that benefits all parties, which is the relationship we strive for on the dairy farms we work on.

Is sustainable agriculture the answer to South Africa’s rising population? 82 million mouths to feed by 2035

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Sustainability’s core principles are ensuring economic viability, environmental health, and societal comfort. What we need is sustainable food security in order to prepare for the projected rise in population.

The law of the minimum

Reading Time: 3 minutes

In order to gain anything from the law of the minimum, it is imperative that we know what the least available resource is.

A consciousness of where our food comes from

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Wendell Berry said: “A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one’s accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which the food comes.” I wonder how often we think about the journey which our food has taken to get to our plates.

A soil health journey to greener pastures

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Look at this journey of how a farm manager in the Tsitsikamma improved his soil health and what benefit it had on the environment.

Identifying the opportunities for biodiversity management

Reading Time: 15 minutes

A healthy agro-ecosystem contributes both directly and indirectly to agricultural production, and more emphasis should be placed on restoring and maintaining healthy agro-ecosystems.

Soil food web series: Earthworms, the lungs and intestines of the soil

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Charles Darwin, the father of earthworm science, once said: “Without the work of this humble creature, who knows nothing of the benefits he confers upon mankind, agriculture, as we know it, would be very difficult, if not wholly impossible”