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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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

Gillian 082 602 2882.

Make fermented foods Saturday 5 December 2015

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-1pm

When: Saturday 5 December 2015

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

Cost: R250 (we provide organic produce and bottles just bring your favourite chopping knife)

To book please email Gillian at before Thursday 3 December 2015.



Fermentation workshop Saturday 27 June 2015

Workshop overview:

– Discussion:The microbiome and diet.

-The basics: Understanding the fermentation process using 2 examples (kefir and kombucha)

-Demonstration: Make your own Kimchi (Korean Sauerkraut)

Time: 10am-1pm

When: Saturday 27 June

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

Cost: R350 (we provide all utensils, produce, bottles etc)

To book please email Gillian at before Thursday 25 June 2015.


Vania Le Roux
Vania Le Roux

Vania Le Roux-Dr Ferment Cultured Farmacy

I love simplicity. To observe. To align my lifestyle with nature. My background in Permaculture design together with my research into optimum nutrients and health led me to fermented foods and ultimately starting Dr Ferment Cultured Farmacy in Plettenberg Bay.

Soil needs microbes to digest/compost and make nutrients available for plants to grow, human cells are similar. The human microbiome consists of microbes (bacteria, yeast and fungi) teeny little guys that digests/ferments food in the digestive tract to make nutrients available to the body. When the gut is colonised with the good guys (pro-biotics) we have a strong immune to weather viruses, toxins and even stress.

It is the perfect example of Nature’s intelligence, so simple yet so powerful a tool in insuring our own health (the microbiome) and contributing to a healthy environment (the macrobiome). Fermentation preserves food, adds to the nutrient content, provides large amounts of pro-biotics and to top it all perpetuates this cycle of life in our ‘waste’ – ultimately it all ends up back in the soil.