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Low-carb, high-fat a low blow

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. I have been at a number of functions lately where talk has drifted to diet,  most particularly … Continue reading

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Nature and nurture

This is my 28th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement.   A couple of years back I planted a few heirloom Brandywine tomatoes. Growing them in our climate was not easy. The humidity encouraged blight and my tomatoes … Continue reading

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New study confirms superiority of organic over conventional tomatoes.

This paper from Brazil has confirmed that organic tomatoes are better. The study found that vitamin C levels were 50% higher in organic tomatoes and that phenols were up to 139% higher. Phenols are thought to be significant in halting … Continue reading

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Ah, the green, green grass of home.

This is my 22th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. Last month we were excited to have our good friends Marius and Karianne visit us from Norway. At our final meal together Marius offered his observations on the … Continue reading

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The bread of life

This is my 21th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. The father of organic farming, Sir Albert Howard, maintained that the single most important factor to maintain the health of the soil is compost. A healthy soil results … Continue reading

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Dionysian orgy of chilli mania

 This is my 20th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. Farming is a serous business. Bills and wages have to be paid and one cannot take ones eye off the ball for a moment, otherwise things will go … Continue reading

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Bringing Home the Organic Bacon

This is my 17th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. I have been heartened recently by an obvious surge in interest in Organic produce in KZN. I have had numerous calls enquiring about how to source organic food. … Continue reading

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Resilience is the name of the game.

This is my 15th article from the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. It’s the time of the year on the farm when we gather our wits after a busy and hectic year-end and start looking forward to and preparing for … Continue reading

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Mercury Food and Wine article no. 12 – Some Rocket Science

Here is the draft of my article that appeared in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement today. Some Rocket Science Since I started farming herbs have always been the focal point of the farms production. The formal herb garden forms … Continue reading

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Interview with an Organic Farmer, Rob Symons of Broadleaze Farm, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

This is an interview that I did in May, for Amy Morris of Great Health Naturally. “Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Rob Symons, who is the owner and head farmer of Broadleaze Certified Organic Farm in Pietermaritzburg, South … Continue reading

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