Grow your own food


Saturday 24 March 2018 (Knysna)

Saturday 28 April 2018 (Knysna)

Saturday 26 May 2018 (Knysna)

Saturday 30 June 2018 (Knysna)

Saturday 28 July 2018 (Knysna)

Saturday 25 August (Pretoria)

Permaculture basics and soil

  • What is Permaculture?
  • Identify your soil
  • Make healthy organic soil: You will learn 3 ways to make healthy organic soil
  • Basic food garden design principles
  • Plan your zones
  • How to manage factors
  • Companion planting: Combine your food garden into your garden design
  • Taking care of your food garden the natural way: organic pesticides, fertilisers, mulch
  • Water wise food gardening and the impact of climate change
    Cost R500
    Included in the cost is a packet of organic seeds, beverages, 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 with reference Grow food and your name



See what others have to say:
‘Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop yesterday “Grow Your Own Food”. I got so much more than I expected. We will visit the Deli very soon’ Daleen Taylor.

‘Thank you for the workshop.  I enjoyed it and learned a lot.  I shall definitely make use of all the ideas and info. I loved your green soup. Blessings for your future plans’ Marlene.

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 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 before Thursday 26 November 2015.

The good things Kefir can do

1.  It can clean the digestive tract making sure that no toxic or pathogenic contents in food enter your bloodstream. As it flushes out the bad bacteria from your intestines, it regulates digestion, metabolism, and the colon, which makes it very effective in treating diarrhea, leaky gut syndrome and even colon cancer.

2. It regulates your immune system, which means it makes you more resistant to any disease and can also potentially prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. The immune system is like the gatekeeper to good health. What exactly can we do to fortify these gates against diseases? Take in the probiotics found in a kefir drink.

3. It regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Kefir grains are made up of lactose- and sugar-eating bacteria. This is good news for lactose intolerant and diabetics. Probiotcs don’t die easily inside your intestines. They will keep on munching on the lactose and sugars that come in and pass through the digestive tract.

4. It is known to many not just as a health drink but also as beauty drink since it can make the hair and skin smoother. And since it balances sugar levels, it is also a helpful drink for weight watchers.

5. Kefir can treat a variety of diseases and health conditions, which include ulcer, tuberculosis, eczema, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, and hypertension in order to promote an over-all feeling of good health.

But you gotta suspect that something this good should have a downside. Nothing is ever perfect, but kefir comes very close. What are kefir’s side effects and how does it affect pregnant women?

The beauty with kefir is that it is organic. It is a gift from nature and not a product of lab experiments or chemical processes. Some say it is a gift from God and go so far to say that God fed Moses and the Israelites with some kind of kefir in the form of manna. The Bible describes manna as how I would describe kefir grains today; as white, fluffy and very nutritious. Since kefir is organic and all-natural, it is no surprise that it has no known side effects.

Perhaps the only downside to taking kefir is that it could make you go to the toilet more often.

But the real surprise is this: experts in women’s health recommend pregnant women to take kefir, not just once but regularly. According to Alyson Lippman, RN, pregnant women can drink kefir or yogurt to prevent the overgrowth of a bacterium called Group B Beta Strep.

“There is potential for passing (Strep) to the baby, where it can be harmful and cause infection,” said Lippman, and the RN was quick to follow by saying, “probably kefir is better because it contains more probiotics.”

Lippman works for the Labor and Delivery Unit of Prentice Women’s Hospital at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She also confessed to the fact that she regularly consumes kefir and that many nurses in her hospital do, too.

Other than the bacterium Strep, yeast infection is also a concern of pregnant women.  Such infection can begin in the breasts and could easily be passed to the child as the mother nurses her newborn.

“If you’re regularly taking in probiotics, that would reduce your risk,” said Lippman regarding yeast infection.

Meanwhile, another women’s health specialist, Valerie Early, speaks about probiotics in kefir. She said, “Kefir is a natural, food-based way to keep the (probiotics) up in the intestines. It’s better than (the average) dairy product, like your typical yogurt, because the specific strains of acidophilus and lactobaccillus really do help promote those good bacteria.”

Valerie Early is a registered dietitian and pharmacy technician. She runs her own clinic in Illinois that focuses on providing hormonal balance through medical nutrition therapy. The expert dietician tells her clients to take a cup of kefir a day to help protect them from yeast infection, discharge and any vaginal discomfort, especially to women who are over 40 years old.

Early also said, “When people have more kefir in their diets or take probiotic supplements or whole food supplements with probiotics in them, I do see a reduction in complains in vaginal itching, yeast infections and just general immune system issues.”

Kefir is neither a drug nor chemically produced drink, which is why it is safe for everyone. The National Kefir Association not only declares kefir as safe for women but also recommends it.

NKA declares, “Pregnant and nursing women are advised to drink kefir in order to absorb essential nutrients, increase immunity and aid the body’s adjustment to hormonal changes. But hormonal imbalances cause problems for women at all life stages, often in the form of irritating and even life threatening infections, such as yeast overgrowth, caused by depletion of good bacteria. Fortunately probiotic-filled Kefir can help prevent and even treat many such infections.”



The dirty dozen – really try and go organic with these?

The 2012 EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce is based on the situation in America but is still a good guideline as to what’s happening here too.

This will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to try to buy organic options for your family rather.

permaculture farmers don’t use any pesticides.

2012 dirty dozen

We can all be more sustainable

Theres is never as good a time as the present!

We can all be more sustainable, eat better quality food, produce less waste, recycle, take better care of our planet, embrace the ‘slow food’ movement, reduce our carbon footprint, share.

Urban permaculture

Grow your own fruit and vegetables in your own garden. If this is not your thing, but you want to make sure you and your family eat better, then you can order clean, organic food from local suppliers.


Assist your community to do the same.

Hello Gauteng!

After months of research we finally took a leap of faith to source and grow local, lekker, organic produce we felt proud enough to sell.

Allie and myself officially launched Terra Madre on Saturday 11 February 2012 at the Irene Market. We headed off to the market at 5:30 in the morning (first timers. . we know better next time) not knowing how the Vaalies would take to our idea.

What a wonderful response we got! We almost sold out by 1pm that day.

We aim to be permanent features at the Irene Saturday market and will soon be at Hazelwood Food Market, Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria and in Parkhurst too.

Until next time, be kind to yourself and the earth 😛