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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

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Unlocking secrets of the soil… (The Principle of Ecology)

This is my 33rd article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. The second principle of Organic farming is that of ecology. This means that Organic farmers must base our method on living ecological systems and cycles. We must work … Continue reading

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All watched over by machines of loving grace

This video is worth watching. It challenges the romantic view of classical ecology. The central message for me is that change is everything and that our worldview has to be constantly open to change.

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Restoring our grasslands

Take the time to view this TED talk by Alan Savoury on Holistic Management. It challenges the current orthodoxy, that paints grazing animals as a negative influence on the environment. This is bio-mimicry in action. One of the key methodologies … Continue reading

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Chameleon

I thought I would show these two photos as a follow up to my Nature and nurture post. I picked rocket and herbs for a salad yesterday and while putting the salad together this little guy popped out of the … 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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The religion of economics

I came across this piece by deep ecologist John Seed. It is an insightful take on a system we take for granted. Unfortunately it is a pdf so it will have to be downloaded from this link: http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/deep-eco/Economics-as-Religion5000.pdf

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Live and let live.

This is my 25th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This last Saturday while at the Karkloof farmers market I received a call from the farm informing me that a large python had been found in the fowl … Continue reading

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Mushrooms

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These photos were taken on the 23 November 2010. Every year at this time these mushrooms appear on our verandah. I have not identified them but I do know they are a termite symbiont.

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More wild flowers of Broadleaze

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