Moeketsi Mohlakoana is a graduate of our Permaculture Grassroots introductory course. When he failed to mobilise other graduates from his course to practice what they learned on a larger scale, he decided to go full out and do it by himself. He approached us at Waaipoort Farm and we dedicated a 2 HA area of land to grow a crop.
He organised a friendly neighbour to disk the land in early October and then proceeded to plant hundreds of pumpkin and butternut seeds.
We helped to intercrop with cow peas, velvet beans, lentils, chickpeas and heritage corn.
This was a very difficult growing season as we had very little rain over the main summer months. Moeketsi persevered with the help of his family and composted each plant (with our kraal compost), collected water from our dam and watered by hand the whole field.
This dedication paid dividends as he has already harvested a few bakkie loads of produce, sold some to green grocers in Bethlehem and locally.
His generosity of spirit and action showed when last week he shared out a whole bakkie load full of odd-sized fruit to the local Mautse community.
Now we are planning for a winter crop and how we will expand in the coming summer season!
Thomas Linders, Michèle Schiess and Meisha Mulla run Rosendal Permaculture Centre on Waaipoort Farm with the assistance of Honest Moyo and many volunteers from all over the world