Fermentation workshop

bottled produce at Terra Madre SA

Saturday 17 June 10am to 3pm

Saturday 22 July 10am to 3pm

Saturday 19 August 10am to 3 pm

Come and spend a fun day learning how to make your own kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi

Health begins in the gut. Learn about your microbiome and why an organic diet is a necessity for health. Gain an understanding of the fermentation process making 3 examples (kefir, kombucha and Kimchi)

Fermentation: The benefits of fermented foods on your microbiome and immune system is substantial.

I will tell you all about it and demonstrate how to make some of them. You will also learn why its beneficial for you and when is it appropriate to consume.
Cost R400 (includes your own jar of Kimchi and kombucha and notes)

You can also purchase additional kombucha, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, Kefir grains and scoby’s on the day.

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

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 Fermentation and your name

Is our food killing us?

How are you feeling today? What you put in is what you will get out

I have treated numerous clients who were diagnosed with cancer and other auto immune diseases. They had been suffering from ‘allergy symptoms’ for years before being diagnosed. Many have shown vast improvement since eating only clean, organic and hormone free food and drinking clean living water. Now I don’t have any scientific research but the evidence good enough for me.

(Yes, in order to heal, other nutritional and emotional, physical and medical interventions are sometimes also required but that is a discussion for another day.)

GMO 

 

What’s happening to our seeds?

Seeds can be categorised into three groups:

  1. Those that are farmers’ varieties have been selected and bred naturally over time with open pollination (heirloom)
  2. Hybrid seeds that are specially bred in labs to get better yields
  3. GMO’s that are artificially made in laboratories using genetic engineering techniques.

 

Genetically modified (GM) seeds have been created in a laboratory. In genetic engineering, the ‘genes’ responsible for a specific characteristic (trait) are taken from one organism and forced into the DNA of another organism.

Scientists are not sure what impacts these new crops might have on our bodies or on the environment over time. It is just too soon to tell as the science is too new and not enough independent research is being done.

Dangers of GM food

In America 80% of food contains GMO’s. I am unclear on the percentages in South Africa as I can’t find concrete facts. Supposedly, the only GM crops in SA are mealies and cotton. While there aren’t really enough studies to prove GMO’s are the direct cause of cancer, ADHD, allergies, gluten intolerance and auto immune diseases, these conditions are on the rise with no real cause identified except maybe because of increased toxicity in our foods, water, air.

Jeff Smith in his book Seeds of destruction – Rats fed GM potatoes had smaller livers, hearts, testicles and brains, damaged immune systems, and showed structural changes in their white blood cells making them more vulnerable to infection and disease compared to other rats fed non-GMO potatoes. It gets worse. Thymus and spleen damage showed up; enlarged tissues, including the pancreas and intestines; and there were cases of liver atrophy as well as significant proliferation of stomach and intestines cells that could be a sign of greater future risk of cancer. Equally alarming, results showed up after 10 days of testing, and they persisted after 110 days that’s the human equivalent of 10 years.

Consider corn varieties engineered to produce a pesticidal protein called Bt-toxin. Farmers use it in spray form, and companies falsely claim it’s harmless to humans. In fact, people exposed to the spray develop allergic-type symptoms, mice ingesting Bt had powerful immune responses and abnormal and excessive cell growth, and a growing number of human and livestock illnesses are linked to Bt crops.

Arpad Pusztai and other scientists were shocked at their results of animals fed GM foods. Independent studies showed stunted growth, impaired immune systems, bleeding stomachs, abnormal and potentially precancerous cell growth in the intestines, impaired blood cell development, misshaped cell structures in the liver, pancreas and testicles, altered gene expression and cell metabolism, liver and kidney lesions, partially atrophied livers, inflamed kidneys, less developed organs, reduced digestive enzymes, higher blood sugar, inflamed lung tissue, increased death rates and higher offspring mortality as well.

Two dozen farmers reported their pigs and cows fed GM corn became sterile, 71 shepherds said 25% of their sheep fed Bt cotton plants died, and other reports showed the same effects on cows, chickens, water buffaloes and horses. After GM soy was introduced in the UK, allergies from the product skyrocketed by 50%, and in the US in the 1980s, a GM food supplement killed dozens and left five to ten thousand others sick or disabled.

Rats fed genetically engineered Calgene Flavr-Savr tomatoes (developed to look fresh for weeks) for 28 days got bleeding stomachs (stomach lesions) and seven died and were replaced in the study.

Rats fed Monsanto 863 Bt corn for 90 days developed multiple reactions typically found in response to allergies, infections, toxins, diseases like cancer, anemia and blood pressure problems. Their blood cells, livers and kidneys showed significant changes indicative of disease.

Mice fed either GM potatoes engineered to produce Bt- toxin or natural potatoes containing the toxin had intestinal damage. Both varieties created abnormal and excessive cell growth in the lower intestine. The equivalent human damage might cause incontinence or flu-like symptoms and could be pre-cancerous. The study disproved the contention that digestion destroys Bt-toxin and is not biologically active in mammals.

Workers in India handling Bt cotton while picking, loading, weighing and separating the fiber from seeds developed allergies. They began with “mild to severe itching,” then redness and swelling, followed by skin eruptions. These symptoms affected their skin, eyes (got red and swollen with excessive tearing) and upper respiratory tract causing nasal discharge and sneezing. In some cases, hospitalization was required. At one cotton gin factory, workers take antihistamines daily.

Sheep grazing on Bt cotton developed “unusual systems” before dying “mysteriously.” Reports from four Indian villages revealed 25% of them died within a week. Post mortems indicated a toxic reaction. The study raises questions about cottonseed oil safety and human health for people who eat meat from animals fed GM cotton. It’s crucial to understand that what animals eat, so do people.

Nearly all 100 Filipinos living adjacent to a Bt corn field became ill. Their symptoms appeared when the crop was producing airborne pollen and was apparently inhaled. Doing it produced headaches, dizziness, extreme stomach pain, vomiting, chest pains, fever, and allergies plus respiratory, intestinal and skin reactions. Blood tests conducted on 39 victims showed an antibody response to Bt-toxin suggesting it was the cause. Four other villages experienced the same problems that also resulted in several animal deaths.

Iowa farmers reported a conception rate drop of from 80% to 20% among sows (female pigs) fed GM corn. Most animals also had false pregnancies, some delivered bags of water and others stopped menstruating. Male pigs were also affected as well as cows and bulls. They became sterile and all were fed GM corn.

German farmer Gottfried Glockner grew GM corn and fed it to his cows. Twelve subsequently died from the Bt 176 variety, and other cows had to be destroyed due to a “mysterious” illness. The corn plots were field trials for Ag biotech giant Syngenta that later took the product off the market with no admission of fault.

Mice fed Monsanto Roundup Ready soybeans developed significant liver cell changes indicating a dramatic general metabolism increase. Symptoms included irregularly shaped nuclei and nucleoli, and an increased number of nuclear pores and other changes. It’s thought this resulted from exposure to a toxin, and most symptoms disappeared when Roundup Ready was removed from the diet.

Mice fed Roundup Ready had pancreas problems, heavier livers and unexplained testicular cell changes. The Monsanto product also produced cell metabolism changes in rabbit organs, and most offspring of rats on this diet died within three weeks.

The death rate for chickens fed GM Liberty Link corn for 42 days doubled. They also experienced less weight gain, and their food intake was erratic.

In the mid-1990s, Australian scientists discovered that GM peas generated an allergic-type inflammatory response in mice in contrast to the natural protein that had no adverse effect. Commercialization of the product was cancelled because of fear humans might have the same reaction.

When given a choice, animals avoid GM foods. This was learned by observing a flock of geese that annually visit an Illinois pond and feed on soybeans from an adjacent farm. After half the acreage had GM crops, the geese ate only from the non-GMO side. Another observation showed 40 deer ate organic soybeans from one field but shunned the GMO kind across the road. The same thing happened with GM corn.

All type GM foods, not just crops, carry risks. Milk, for example, from cows injected with Monsanto’s bovine growth hormone (rbGH), has much higher levels of the hormone IGF-1 that risks breast, prostate, colon, lung and other cancers. The milk also has lower nutritional value. GM food additives also pose health risks, and their use has proliferated in processed foods.

What’s happened to our soil?

Industrialised farming methods and the overuse of chemical fertilisers has left the soil barren. The microbiome of the soil has a direct impact on the quality of our food. Modern farming methods include over tilling and no mulching – both strips the soil of nutrients.

What’s happened to our water?

Mining, the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers and effluent pollution which filters into our water system and then the subsequent ‘cleaning methods’ of our waters has made it toxic for human consumption and growing food. In my opinion, if you ask any doctor what’s one of the most common symptoms they see today its UTI’s. Why? Again, in my opinion, because our kidneys cannot cope with detoxing of all the harmful toxins we are consuming.

What can we do?

  1. Grow your own food
  2. Support small organic/permaculture farmers
  3. Eat free range, organic, hormone-free meat
  4. Eat less processed and packaged foods. Look at the labels to make sure there are no GMO’s
  5. Find a clean source of commercial drinking water and install decent filters in your home

 

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

Grow your own Winter food garden

One day basics Permaculture workshop Sunday 29 May 2016

Join in a fun day where you will learn:

What is Permaculture; how to make rich, organic soil; companion planting; organic pesticides, what to plant for your Winter food garden and the basics of starting a food forest.

Bring a friend,partner or your gardener and get a 10% discount on both bookings.

1

Make compost in 18 days!

Buying compost and fertilizers can be expensive. Without which your plants wont grow well. Most people think that making compost is time-consuming, labour intensive and takes months before you can use your hard come by black gold. I will show you how you can make organic compost in just 18 days.

2

Make a worm farm

Learn how to make a quick and easy, cost-effective worm farm and how to look after your worms and harvest worm tea and vermiculture.

3

Make soil using a no-dig bed/mulching method

Let us show you how to make soil the easy way – especially for areas where you have bad soil, a lot of rock, or don’t have access to costly labour.

4

Companion planting, organic pesticides & what to plant now for your Winter food garden

Certain plants are beneficial to each other while others act as pest deterrents. Learn how to group your plants for best crop results and how to make organic pesticide. Also, find out what you can grow now for your winter food garden.

5

The basics on growing a food forest.

 

When: Sunday 29 May 2016

Cost: R450

Where: Terra Madre, 21 Alexandra Street, Irene

Time 10am-3pm

(Bring your own lunchbox, refreshments and notes will be provided) Please email terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com to book by Thursday 26 2016.

Space is limited to 10 people for individual attention.

Payment will confirm booking.

Banking details for EFT: Terra Madre SA (PTY) Ltd, Bank: FNB, Account no: 62473027764,

Branch no: 261649, Cheque account. Email proof of payment to terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com.

Gillian 082 602 2882.

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

 

Learn how to grow your own food

One day basics Permaculture workshop

Join in a fun day where you will learn:

What is Permaculture;  how to make rich, organic soil; companion planting; organic pesticides, what to plant for your Summer/Autumn food garden and the basics of starting a food forest.

Bring a friend,partner or your gardener and get a 10% discount on both bookings.

1

Make compost in 18 days!

Buying compost and fertilizers can be expensive. Without which your plants wont grow well. Most people think that making compost is time-consuming, labour intensive and takes months before you can use your hard come by black gold. I will show you how you can make organic compost in just 18 days.

2

Make a worm farm

Learn how to make a quick and easy, cost-effective worm farm and how to look after your worms and harvest worm tea and vermiculture.

3

Make soil using a no-dig bed/mulching method

Let us show you how to make soil the easy way – especially for areas where you have bad soil, a lot of rock, or don’t have access to costly labour.

4

Companion planting, organic pesticides & what to plant now for your Summer food garden

Certain plants are beneficial to each other while others act as pest deterrents. Learn how to group your plants for best crop results and how to make organic pesticide. Also, find out what you can grow now for your winter food garden.

5

The basics on growing a food forest.

You will also get an opportunity to see a real Aquaponics Farm. With temperatures rising and the current drought situation, this is definitely something worth considering for your garden.

When: Sunday 6 March 2016

Cost: R450

Where: Karoo Square, cnr Albeth & Lynnwood rd, The Willows

Time 10am-4pm

(Light organic lunch, refreshments, notes and a present included) Please email terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com to book by Friday 4 March 2016.

Space is limited to 20 people.

Payment will confirm booking.

Banking details for EFT: Terra Madre SA (PTY) Ltd, Bank: FNB, Account no: 62473027764,

Branch no: 261649, Cheque account. Email proof of payment to terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com.

Gillian 082 602 2882.

Learn how to make fermented foods

Health begins in the gut. Learn about your microbiome and why an organic diet is a necessity for health.

Gain an understanding of the fermentation process using 3 examples (kefir, kombucha and Kimchi)

Learn how to make your own Kimchi (Korean Sauerkraut)

Time: 10am-12pm

When: Sunday 28 February 2016

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

Cost: R250 (we provide organic produce and bottles)

To book please email Gillian at terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com before Thursday 25 February 2016.

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.