Wild Harvesting Wild Seed

I have long been an admirer of Vandana Shiva. Her work seeks to restore connections, tell the stories of the seeds, and, in the process of saving seeds, save humanity – and much other biodiversity – is inspiring. Vandana Shiva is the keynote speaker at this year’s Slow Seed Summit, sponsored by Slow Food USA….

Sorghum

For many years, I have been buying ‘birdseed’ at the pet shop. Not to feed our garden birds, but for tasty breakfasts, lunches, and suppers for myself. These days, sorghum is a lot more mainstream and available in other stores too. It is the same thing. The ‘human’ sorghum has been cleaned more, while the…

An Accidental Ode to Potatoes

It’s potato season in the KZN Midlands. It’s also the time of year when Terra Madre Day is celebrated. This annual Slow Food event held on 10 December, is a favourite of mine. I love the idea that we are connecting with thousands of people across the globe celebrating good, clean, fair food and diverse…

Free State Forage

Social media connections set me on the road North to forage in the Free State this month. Along the unkempt road verges beside chemical drenched, ploughed up, bare fields (used for growing sunflowers, maize, sorghum, and soya), our indigenous poppy Papaver aculeatum was blooming. I adore this little flower and for all its delicacy, admire…

iizinja zasemaMpondweni

Ever since my first visit emaMpondweni in 2012, I have loved the dogs I met. This year, I turned 60. In lieu of the usual sort of celebratory gifts, I asked friends to contribute towards a sterilisation clinic for Mngcambeni village, Khutwini.   I have visited there a few times and got to know the…

Morsels of Morning

After a long fallow period when poems did not come easily to me, I decided I was over thinking things. On my morning walks, I am often inspired by something I see – the colour of the sky, shape of a tree, a creature that crosses my path, and the moon, always the moon. Occasionally…

Grazing

Recently, I was asked to write a book review for the African Journal of Range & Forage Science. I know, it is a bit odd. I am not a sciencey person and although I am a writey person, I have never actually written a book review. I had also never read an entire book as…

59 Walks

Since I dreamed up the idea that I’d like to celebrate turning 60 by walking with women friends, much has changed in the world. However, walking and women friends are still as wonderful as ever, so not everything has changed. One could say that the important things have not changed at all. This is the…

Karoo Kos

When my Instagram pal Karen McEwan of True Karoo Trading (and festival organiser supreme) invited me to come to the Karoo Food Festival to talk about weeds, I hesitated.  It is so far, I thought. That’s true, it is far, but also a fabulous opportunity for a little foodie road trip.  What if there are…

Privilege

I have a fabulous car named Lupa. She is undeserved. Unearned. She epitomizes privilege. Purchased with generational income, not even earned in my arm of our family. I love her. While I can absolutely never, ever, make up the carbon footprint of the construction of a new car (ok, I have not done any breeding…