Certified organic pomegranates

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We are a family run Organic Farm in the heart of Muldersdrift. Our names are Laiken and Jason Cullen. We are not your typical farmers. Laiken is a qualified school teacher, with a background in publication editing and Jason is a 3D animation director having done work for the TV commercial industry. Hence it is our backgrounds and drive for excellence that make us such unconventional farmers. Using our organisational and marketing skills, with a passion for learning, we started our boutique organic farm. After experiencing how difficult it was to obtain organically grown produce, and when we discovered the well documented health benefits of pomegranates, we decided to turn some fallow land into a farm, supplying the market not with just another fruit, but a Superfruit – organically grown Pomegranates.
We are Certified Organic by EcoCert with the European standard of Organic practices. We maintain the highest standards to ensure we receive our certificate on time, annually. Our soil, water and leaves are regularly tested and our soil organically fed to ensure our trees are well looked after and the fruit is of the highest quality – nourishing as nature intended.
We run our farm on biodynamic principles. We have chickens for pest control and manure, fish in our dam that enhances our water which in turn feeds our Pomegranate trees, a “bat hotel” for our local bats and last but not least we have 4 beehives just for our Pomegranate blossoms.
Consumers are becoming more aware of their health and eating correctly. There is a definite swing toward the organic market. Here At Ganico Boutique Farm we pride ourselves on being locally sustainable and farming on a small scale, which enables us to nurture the trees individually, supplying the best possible Organic Pomegranates.
See more about us at http://www.ganico.co

 

Free workshop – How to heal from the inside Saturday 28 November 2015

Workshop overview:

If you or your family suffer from IBS, auto immune disease, leaky gut, colitis, Chrones, allergies, rash, asthma, hives, sinus, post nasal drip, flatulence, bloating, insomnia or a run down immune system then you will benefit from this FREE, informative workshop.

Health begins in the gut. Learn about your microbiome and how your diet and lifestyle affects your health.

You will receive a basic understanding of fermented foods and why they are so good for you.

You will get a basic understanding of how pathogens can lead to various symptoms that often are misdiagnosed and how to correct this.

Time: 10am-12pm

When: Saturday 28 November

Where: Terra Madre, Karoo Square, cnr Lynnwood and Albeth Rd’s, The Willows

Cost: FREE

Space is limited to 20 people so please book asap by emailing Gillian at terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com before Thursday 26 November 2015.

Pure coconuts

coconutYussuf Hassan of Cocopure spent 13 years of his youth in the Island of Zanzibar where the staple food is coconut. As a child together with others, he used to often climb coconut trees after school. ‘You need to be strong in the mind and body. It takes concentration, you have to plan every move and anticipate: The tree can fall and the wind can twist and swing it like a bucking bronco. Rats bite, you catch them sometimes in the top eating coconuts. You can tire and lose a grip, a foot can slip, the tree can be smooth with no grip.’  In Zanzibar diabetes is unheard of among those people who eat traditional diets.  But when they abandon their native foods and adapt Western ways, disease of all types surface. The coconut palm is the tree of Life, because of its many different uses. These include: coconut sap (toddy) as a source of sugar, vinegar as alcohol; coconut water as a delicious, non-alcoholic beverage or vinegar and substitute for blood plasma in emergency surgical operations; coconut oil for cooking, as milk and cream, and for making soap, as diesel fuel, for lighting, for making candles; coir fibre for ropes and mats, cocopeat for horticulture; shell for buttons, decorative carving, burnt as a fuel and for charcoal; wood from the coconut stem for furniture and construction purposes; leaves for decoration and as a thatching material; finally the heart of the palm as vegetable salad (millionaire’s salad). He started Cocopure Manufacturing and Distributors in 2007 to bring this beneficial product to the consumers of South Africa.

Chinese Cabbage

Chinese Cabbage

Chinese cabbage – one of the most effective natural remedies for cancer, its, also loaded with the anti-oxidant beta-carotene; contains a lot of dietary fiber essential for proper digestion of food – It eventually accelerates your digestion by removing unnecessary materials from our body. Can be extremely beneficial for your heart because the vegetable is full of two most important minerals – calcium and potassium, which can regulate the blood pressure levels efficiently. Potassium not only helps in treating hypertension, but it also takes part in keeping your blood sugar level under control. The mineral can also stimulate our mental well-being by relieving tension, stress and anxiety. Chinese cabbage keeps your bones and teeth strong with the help of calcium and vitamin K present in it. Besides, calcium is good for upkeeping the standard functionalities of the muscles and nerves. Conversely, vitamin k can facilitate the clotting of blood, thereby preventing hemorrhage. Like many other leafy green vegetables, Chinese cabbage is also rich in anti-oxidants. According to nutritionists, only one cup of this vegetable can satisfy almost 50% of the daily intake requirement of vitamin A and vitamin C. Both of these vitamins are crucial for curbing the adverse effects of free radicals on your body and keeping you free from a number of fatal diseases. It also contains Vitamin which is good for the health of your eyes. It can prevent cataracts, loss of vision, macular degeneration, and so on. It is a fabulous food for pregnant women. It has been seen that Chinese cabbage can meet the nutritional requirements of would-be mothers easily as it is high in folic acid. From providing nourishment to the fetus during pregnancy to promoting the production of milk during lactation, benefits of this vegetable is truly multifaceted

Blue Sky Organics, organic certified olives and more

Liz Eglington - Organic Pioneer

Fifteen years ago Liz Eglington was recovering from a serious immune related illness, assisted by only natural healing methodologies, herbal remedies and organic food.

“It was difficult to find REAL food full of nutrients and free of poisons, pesticides, antibiotics, GMO’s, growth hormones, chemical additives and all the other dangers associated with what they call ‘food’ on supermarket shelves,” she said.

She found a piece of land in the Klein Karoo, where she intended to create a healing centre for the critically ill on a barren and overgrazed piece of ground. There was abundant pristine air and clean water, so much needed for healing. The healing centre was to provide these essentials natural healing conditions and support all in one place.

Human bodies indicate the environment’s health

“Just as frogs are said to be an indicator species for the health of the environment, so are human bodies whose immune systems have stopped functioning,” she says. Our bodies are heavily bombarded each day with poisonous bad foodstuffs, lack of essential nutrients and life giving clean water, cell phones and computers, pollution, stress, smoking and alcohol, and the myriad other perils of living in this consumer age.

Eventually our immune systems just give up, and the healing journey from there is a very long and arduous one. Liz’s body gave her instant feedback on whatever she put into her body, which would only accept whole healthy pure food.

When the healing centre did not manifest she planted olive trees with the intention of farming organically, ethically and sustainably. Liz realized that the “healing of the land” had to happen first. What her body needed for healing was exactly what the land needed – and so started that journey back to health for the farm and the farmer. To read full article click here