Day 7

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DAY 7 – DECK TALK – HERMANUS

Bientangs Cave Restaurant The University of Earth Team left Michael’s farm and travelled eastwards. On the way, we stopped for lunch at the small coastal town of Hermanus, normally famous for its whales. As Bulelani looked over the harbour, I suddenly realised that this was one thing at least that we had got right. Now we […]

DAY 7 – FRUIT FARMING 4

The majority of fruit farmers in South Africa, labor under the impression that it is impossible to grow fruit without using pesticides, fertilisers and fungicides and herbicides. So the team went out to Grabouw to meet Michael Pravow. Michael has now retired, but for a long time was the only organic and apple tree farmer in […]

DAY 7 – FRUIT FARMING 3

In his farmhouse kitchen, Michael answers questions from the University of Earth team who are trying to work out environmentally sane systems for the planet. Michael thinks that most countries could fairly easily supply themselves with only organic fruit. Michael trained as a forester at Stellenbosch University. He is totally shocked by the department’s decision […]

DAY 7 – FRUIT FARMING 2

It took 4 years to become organically certified. Once your soil has become a living soil, you just have to maintain it for the fertility to remain high in your sales. Young mothers were grateful to have organic fruit without chemicals for their children.  Each chemical has its own toxicology tested, but conventional farmers spray […]

DAY 7 – FRUIT FARMING 1

Organic Fruit farming 1 with Michael Prevost Michael is an organic fruit farmer who has retired and leaves a big gap in the organic fruit market as he used to produce most of the organic apples and pears in South Africa. He describes how when he started on the farm, conventional methods of farming ie […]

DAY 7 – LUKE BOSHIER FOOD SECURITY 1

The team visits Luke ABoshier an activist o food security and an expert on permaculture and other fields influencing food production. He is despondent about what is happening with the press that is in favour of change being attacked by media intent on perpetuating the current system. He says We don’t produce any more food […]