Khula Shanti

When Carol was still embroiled in the corporate Jozi world, her business was called Organic Optimism. Undoubtedly, she was already plotting her escape. On a smallholding in Boston, over the last ten years, Carol, her husband Tyron and their team, have crafted magnificent food gardens – a veritable temple of good food. As it is…

Sunflowers Reach for the Stars

An absolute riot is one way to describe Chatelaine Cullinan’s micro-farm in suburban Howick. Sunflowers reach for the stars, purple zinnias are a buzz with bees, brown cucumbers (yes, brown) twirl along fences, plump butternuts climb the walls and chickens cluck contentedly. Riot might conjure up images of disorder, but this is incorrect – Chatelaine…

A Rainbow along the Road

Yesterday, I visited friends who live along the Dargle Valley – on the other side of Inhlosane beside the uMngeni river.  They are officially the “Dargle Hippies”, because they live simply, wear tie dyed clothes and have unruly hair, I guess. They are also very nice and I like them a lot.  I had never visited…

Homesteader Pam Haynes

Not everyone would agree enthusiastically when their son, home for the summer holidays, suggests “let’s dig up the front lawn and plant potatoes”.  Pam, however, understood Bruce’s vision and now their entire garden, in suburban Howick, is an abundant food forest.  Chickens wander past the swimming pool, beans climb all over the fences and pumpkins…