Author Archives: Rob Symons

About Rob Symons

My name is Rob Symons. I live in Pietermaritzburg, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. MuthiMuthi is my Zulu nickname which means tall tree. I am an Organic Farmer and an environmentalist. I live and work on Broadleaze Farm in the Mkondeni valley on the eastern outskirts of Pietermaritzburg.

Soul is more important than coal

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New hope swells

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. It has been reported that that this September has shown the highest temperatures recorded globally since 1880, … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, farming, Gardening, Mercury Food and Wine articles, Nature | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keeping gardens healthy

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. Of all the questions I am asked on the subject of home food gardens the majority are … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, farming, Food, Gardening, Lifestyle, Mercury Food and Wine articles, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entertaining banter about Banting

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. Recently I was honoured to be invited to pianist Christopher Duigan’s annual pop-up dinner event, the Table. … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, farming, Food, Lifestyle, Mercury Food and Wine articles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Ethics Of… Censorship

Originally posted on The Ethics Of:
TEO censorship It is the dark spectre that looms over any debate. The shadow that follows every philosopher, every scientist, every politician, indeed every person who has a strong opinion about anything. It is…

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Environment, farming, Food, Food-safety, Lifestyle, Mercury Food and Wine articles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Humane + healthy = sustainable

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears on “Verdant Life.” Since a child, one of my favourite dishes has been Chicken peri-peri. Chicken is the main ingredient … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, farming, Food, Mercury Food and Wine articles | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Can organic feed the world?

By Rob Symons This is my 41st article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life Whenever I attend a workshop or seminar on food security I always come across this question, “can organic … Continue reading

Posted in farming, Food, Mercury Food and Wine articles | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The seeds of freedom…

By Rob Symons This is my 40th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life KwaZulu Natal and the the Eastern Cape are characterised by deep-cut river valleys that flow down to … Continue reading

Posted in farming, Food, Mercury Food and Wine articles | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ecofeminism: Women’s Special Relationship with Nature

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment