We need your help

Pigs ‘n’ Paws is a registered NPC– they take in un-wanted, abused and abandoned pet pigs and give them sanctuary, allowing them to live as natural lives as possible.

They have recently been asked to move from where they had the sanctuary but luckily a generous supporter has offered a permanent lease on a smallholding in Pretoria. However, there is a lot they need before they can move in at the end of April.

The plot is run down. New fencing needs to be installed. The house is unlivable and needs roofing, electricity and plumbing. All the pig camps need to be built and they require assistance with the moving of 250 pigs. Quite a daunting task.

Leslie

The owner, Leslie’s life is devoted to the Sanctuary and she works a full time job to just to keep it going. Her salary goes into the feeding, vet care and upkeep of the animals in her care but it is never enough. She is in constant need for a cheaper source of feed, for free vegetables and fruit for donations towards vet bills, anything that will allow her to keep on doing the amazing work she is doing.

There are various ways that companies and individuals can assist:

  1. You can become a sponsor by making a cash donation directly into their bank account and will be mentioned in all their marketing material as a sponsor, should you wish.
  2. You can donate building materials, corrugated iron, bricks, shade cloth, pallets, fencing, electric fencing, solar accessories.
  3. You can donate blankets, straw for bedding and breakfast in bed, fruit, vegetables, bread, oats hay, all welcomed.
  4. You can donate all your unwanted items, which they can resell in their second hand store in order to further raise funds.
  5. If you have access to a large truck which can be used to safely transport animals that would be a huge help.
  6. And YOU. Volunteer your time and assist in the moving and renovating of the new premises. Spend time with the pigs and belly rub to your heart’s content. Come and experience the pigs.

 

Account details:

Pigs ‘n’ Paws

Standard Bank South Africa

Northgate Branch

Branch Code 001106

Current Account

Account No. 301 134 537.

If you are able to assist in any of the above ways, please contact Gillian at terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com

Thank you in advance x

Grow your own food forest

FoodForestPoster_V2

The idea of forest gardens (food forests) was first articulated by Robert A. de J. Hart in his book “Forest Gardening” and subsequently became one of the key concepts in permaculture.

A permaculture forest garden mimics the architecture and beneficial relationships of a natural plant/animal community that occurs in that climate. Food forests are not “natural”, but are designed and managed ecosystems that are very rich in biodiversity and productivity.
At our new demonstration site, the food forest will be designed to meet several goals that are universal, and that are specific to us:

  • to produce food for ourselves
  • to produce indigenous forage and serve as habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators, chickens, goats and birds
  • to create a wildlife habitat
  • to provide nourishment for our bodies through herbal teas and concoctions
  • to create beauty and sense of well being
  • to create shade and increase ambient humidity in hot dry climate of Johannesburg
  • to mitigate climate change via water wise gardening
  • to create a self sustaining food forest with its own micro climate
  • to create an additional revenue source

What you will learn:

  • How to analyse soil and correct your growing medium
  • The various ways to make soil
  • How to plan and design your food forest
  • How to work with factors and zones
  • Working with swales and guilds
  • How to plan what to plant

Where: 91/3 Northfolk Road, Carlsworld, A.H, Midrand

How much: R500 (Includes beverages, a light lunch and notes)

Payment will confirm booking:

Terra Madre SA (Pty) Ltd
Bank: FNB
Account no:62473027764
Branch no: 261649
Cheque account
Email proof of payment to terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com with reference Food Forest and your name.

Grow a sustainable food forest

FoodForestPoster_V2

Saturday 18 February 10am to 4pm

The idea of forest gardens (food forests) was first articulated by Robert A. de J. Hart in his book “Forest Gardening” and subsequently became one of the key concepts in permaculture. A permaculture forest garden mimics the architecture and beneficial relationships of a natural plant/animal community that occurs in that climate. Food forests are not “natural”, but are designed and managed ecosystems that are very rich in biodiversity and productivity.

At our demonstration site, the food forests are designed to meet several goals that are universal, and that are specific to us:

to produce food for ourselves
to produce indigenous forage and serve as habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators, chickens, goats and birds
to create a wildlife habitat
to provide nourishment for our bodies through herbal teas and concoctions
to create beauty and sense of well being
to create shade and increase ambient humidity in hot dry climate of Johannesburg

to manage climate change via water wise gardening
to create a self sustaining food forest with its own microclimate

Where: 91/3 Northfolk Road, Carlsworld, A.H, Midrand

How much: R500 (we provide a light lunch a gift and notes)

Payment will confirm booking:

Terra Madre SA (Pty) Ltd
Bank: FNB
Account no:62473027764
Branch no: 261649
Cheque account
Email proof of payment to terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com with reference food forest and your name

Learn how to do Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Instead of putting branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside for the bin men… build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies and fruit trees
Cost R500
Included in the cost is a fruiting fruit tree, a light organic lunch and notes.
Payment will confirm booking:

Terra Madre SA (Pty) Ltd
Bank: FNB
Account no:62473027764
Branch no: 261649
Cheque account
Email proof of payment to terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com with reference Hugel and your name

Germinate and grow seeds

seeds

Sunday 25 March 2018 (Knysna)

Sunday 29 April 2018 (Knysna)

Sunday 27 May 2018 (Knysna)

Sunday 1 July 2018 (Knysna)

Sunday 29 July 2018 (Knysna)

Sunday 26August (Pretoria)

Learn how to successfully germinate and grow your own organic food

  • How to germinate your own organic seeds
  • What is the difference between organic, heirloom and GMO seed
  • How to transplant your seedlings
  • How to prepare your beds
  • When to make and apply your own organic fertiliser and pesticide for your seedlings
  • Companion planting practical
  • Why mulching is so important
  • Planting a medicinal garden
    Cost R500
    Included in the cost is a packet of organic seeds, beverages,a light lunch and notes

Payment will confirm booking:

Terra Madre SA (Pty) Ltd
Bank: FNB
Account no:62473027764
Branch no: 261649
Cheque account
Email proof of payment to terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com with reference seed and your name

Ethically farmed free range lamb

ALDERSYDE FARM • TARKASTAD VELD REARED MUTTON • ORIGIN OF THE KAROO

Aldersyde
We welcome a new supplier to Terra Madre this week.

‘Reared and raised on the open veld and ethically processed. We live by our principles and take a hands on approach to every step of the process making sure you know where your meat comes from. Our story is one of 4 generations of sheep farmers who understand that the best meat comes from the happiest animals’

Please read the wonderful article by Debbie Logan, owner of Organic Emporium on Aldersyde Farm

Why support organic farming

  • organicRoundup (glyphosate), the most widely used herbicide in the world, is linked to a host of health risks, such as cancer, miscarriages and disruption of human sex hormones.
  • Genetically modified foods and crops pose serious threats to human and animal health.
  • Pesticides kill off healthy gut flora and increase pathogens in the gut which lead to a compromised immune system.
  • Hormones used in meat and milk production may be linked to cancer, hormone disruption in humans and may cause us to develop antibodies against these foods which then manifests as ‘allergies/intolerance’
  • Traditional farming practices can include inhumane treatment of animals and destroys the soil.
  • Organic/Permaculture/Biodynamic farming supports smaller subsistence farmers and is better for the earth and climate.
  • And.. the food tastes better 🙂