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Veldkos finds - the waterblommetjie

Posted on 22 August 2014

The “little water flower” is one of South Africa's most famous edible plants. It has a long history of use by the indigenous Khoikhoi, both medicinally and as a nutritious food.

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Veldkos finds - the Num Num

Posted on 01 August 2014

This beautiful deep red fruit is a fairly common garden and hedge ornamental. Some think it's poisonous, but it's actually a sweet and fleshy fruit with multiple uses.

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Veldkos finds - our new series

Posted on 13 July 2014

We're exploring an exciting new collaborative blog series with Loubie Rusch of Making KOS. In recent years Loubie has been experimenting in cooking with the edible varieties of indigenous plants, as part of her desire to reignite this aspect of South African culture. She’s developing a tantalising range of bottled produced - much of which she forages for - and also offers veldkos foraging walks and cooking classes in Kommetjie and at Foodology in Kenilworth.

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Grown in Philippi - Mama Rosie Makosa

Posted on 16 May 2014

Mama Rosie Makosa saw a need in her community in Brown's Farm, and took action. She's moved from strength to strength, and now runs Foodpods as well as Sakhulwazi Women’s Organisation.

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Grown in Philippi - Sibongile Sityebi

Posted on 04 May 2014

Sibongile Sityebi is an urban farmer who heads up Asande Food Garden in Gugulethu, Cape Town. The organic garden provides produce weekly for Harvest of Hope. Sibongile hopes to secure land in Philippi to farm.

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Grown in Philippi - Self-made farmer Johan Terblanche

Posted on 06 April 2014

Johan Terblanche started with only three hectares of land in the early 1990s. He's now one of the biggest landowners and farmers in Philippi.

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Grown in Philippi - Skye Fehlmann, the organic farmer

Posted on 28 March 2014

Have you ever looked at your dinner plate and wondered where the food came from? Who grew it, and how? Maybe you’ve felt a little uncomfortable with the fact that you didn’t know these answers, or perhaps even a little distrustful of the system that churned it out. It was this sort of thinking that lead Skye Feldman to start growing food at the age of 20.

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The emerging (happy) pig farmer

Posted on 16 March 2014

As consumers become more informed about what they put on their plates and demand for free-range and pasture-reared products increases, it is sparking an interesting trend within the South African landscape. That ethically-raised pork that you are eating could very well come from an emerging farmer who for the very first time has access to land and opportunities that were previously limited.

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Grown in Philippi - Smallholder Floris Brand

Posted on 28 February 2014

The second in the Grown in Philippi series introduces Floris Brand - a smallholder who has lived in Philippi since 1978, and been privy to its "painful" demise.

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Grown in Philippi - Farmer Ian Grimmbacher

Posted on 19 February 2014

This is the first blog in a new series called Grown in Phillippi. We're showcasing growers and other players in Cape Town's very own, unique farmlands. Not many people understand this special and valuable place, so here's your chance to learn about it, and its issues.

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Bringing home the pasture-reared bacon

Posted on 25 October 2013

This blog, which is part of the 'Going Whole Hog' campaign for natural pig rearing, highlights the health benefits to the consumer of pasture reared pork over its industrially reared counterpart.

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Gin and chocolate pairing by Tanqueray and Lindt

Posted on 21 October 2013

I like gin. I like chocolate. But I never thought to combine the two, until I was invited to a Tanqueray and Lindt experience at the Lindt Chocolate Studio in Cape Quarter. Rather seduced by the idea, I went, and was not disappointed.

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Cape Town's food security - Our letter to Mayco

Posted on 07 August 2013

The Mayco's sudden decision to overturn their ruling of November 2012 to wait until sufficient studies had been undertaken on the value of the PHA to Cape Town before deciding on the extension of the urban edge was sudden and surprising. We had to say something.

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Cape Town's food threatened - Help!

Posted on 26 July 2013

The Philippi Horticultural Area has been feeding Cape Town since the 1600s. It's fertile land is now threatened by property developers looking for profit. There are other far more sustainable choices for this land.

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What Fairtrade means for Kilimanjaro coffee growers

Posted on 22 July 2013

Coffee is not usually something that people associate with Africa's iconic mountain, Kilimanjaro. So it may come as a bit of a surprise that some of the world's best Arabica has been cultivated on its fertile slopes and foothills since the beginning of the 20th Century.

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Can organic labels really be trusted?

Posted on 19 July 2013

This blog summarises an article on Ethical Corp discusses the reliability of organic labeling. Focusing largely on the US and Europe, it holds some interesting insights worth considering.

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What's really in your coffee?

Posted on 03 July 2013

Yes, water. But what else? Maybe cockroach pheremones? Maybe something that smells like rotting meat? And Maybe some other things that aren't so bad either...

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Restaurants! Get noticed by EatOut Magazine - before 30 June

Posted on 20 June 2013

SA’s most trusted restaurant guide, the annual Eat Out magazine, is re-vamping its 2014 issue and is giving all restaurants the opportunity to put their hands up to be considered for the issue...

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Declaration of the Khayelitsha Food Security Summit

Posted on 27 May 2013

This weekend a summit of food security was held at the Khayelitsha Campus of the False Bay College. Delegates engaged on the challenge of food security facing our communities. This is their declaration.

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For the coffee lovers - 3 creative ways to keep coffee hot on the go

Posted on 22 May 2013

Keeping your coffee hot enough to drink can be a difficult thing to do when you’re constantly on the run. Here are some tricks to help you...

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Insects for dinner tonight, dear?

Posted on 22 May 2013

The United Nations says it's time to get over ourselves and start looking at insects as an important, and ethical, source of protein. A chef in Sydney says Yes!

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Vegan for a month! Part two

Posted on 23 April 2013

I’m almost 20 days into my vegan challenge and it’s going better than expected! By now, I’d have thought I would be craving the sweet, sweet taste of Karoo lamb, or all the sushi in the world, but I’ve been surprisingly gastronomically satisfied by this new diet.

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Vegan for a month! Part one

Posted on 15 April 2013

Hello, my name is Neil, and I am a vegan. Yes, vegan – a word that strikes fear into the heart of many an omnivore. Telling your friends this before going to a restaurant may feel like admitting you’re an alcoholic, and is often met by similar responses (“you need help”, etc. etc.). And yet, here I am, having accepted a challenge to go a full 30 days without any animal products in my diet at all.

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If you can't stand the heat - climate change with Professor Fung

Posted on 30 March 2013

On Tuesday last week we had the opportunity to attend a lecture on climate models by a prominent international climate scientist Professor Inez Fung. The models are showing some interesting things, none of which are hopeful.

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Coffee on me! for the next person who can't afford one

Posted on 28 March 2013

The concept of 'pending' or 'suspended' coffee apparently originated in Naples, known there as "caffe suspeso". The idea is simple but sweet - day to day charity from human to human.

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