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.

One day Permaculture workshop – Sunday 14 February 2016

Learn how to grow your own food and support a worthy cause

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 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.

When: Sunday 14 February 2016

Cost: R450

Where: One of our CSI gardens, at 74 7th Ave, Fontainbleau, Randburg

Time 10am-4pm

(Light organic lunch, refreshments, notes and a present included) Please email terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com to book by Friday 12 February 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.

Proceeds go to animal rescue NPO Paws R Us so you will learn vital information to feed your family clean food and you will be supporting a very good cause.

 

Wellness Made Easy

Join us in a FREE workshop and a demonstration of our new Wellness programme every last Sunday of the month from 11am to 1pm.

  • You will learn to understand your various symptoms and diseases and how to take back control of these.
  • What is the Microbiome and how is it responsible for your immune system
  • Why don’t we heal?

Space is limited to 20 people so please make sure you confirm your booking asap.

In order to be enrolled in our Wellness Made Easy programme you have to attend this free workshop first.

More about our Wellness Made Easy Programme

We have rare Galangal in store

This week we were lucky enough to get in a few kg’s of this rare spice from a local grower –  order soon as stocks wont last.

Cooking with Galangal

The use of galangal is confined to local Indonesian dishes such as curries. Although known in Europe since the Middle Ages, galangal is now used only in Far Eastern cookery from Indonesia, IndoChina, Malaya, Singapore and Thailand.

Like ginger, galangal is a ‘de-fisher’ and so appears frequently in fish and shellfish recipes often with garlic, ginger, chilli and lemon or tamarind. Laos powder is more important than kencur and, as well as with fish, is used in a wide variety of dishes such as sauces, soups, satays and sambals, chicken, meat and vegetable curries.

Although used in the often searingly hot Indonesian cookery, laos powder enhances dishes such as chicken delicately spiced with fennel and lemon grass and gently cooked in coconut milk. However, these mild dishes are usually accompanied by vegetable or fish sambals fiery with chili.

Preparation and Storage

Use like ginger, powdered, bruised or crushed. One slice of the root is equivalent to half a teaspoon of powder. The powders should be stored in airtight containers and used within a short space of time.

Health Benefits of Galangal

Resembling ginger in its effects, galangal is an aromatic stimulant, carminative and stomachic. It is used against nausea, flatulence, dyspepsia, rheumatism, catarrh and enteritis. It also possesses tonic and antibacterial qualities and is used for these properties in veterinary and homeopathic medicine. In India it is used as a body deodorizer and halitosis remedy. Both galangals have been used in Europe and Asia as an aphrodisiac for centuries. Gerard (1597) says: ‘they conduce to venery, and heate the too cold reines (loins)’.

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 terramadresouthafrica@gmail.com before Thursday 3 December 2015.

 

 

Certified organic ready made meals from Boomplaats

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David and Karen farm organically in Zastron with beef, mutton, pork and venison. They produce an organic ready cooked, grass fed beef stew in three varieties, original, banting and curry. It is truly a slow food served fast. It just needs to be taken out the freezer in the morning and allowed to defrost throughout the day. Then you just heat it up and serve for dinner with rice or bread. The 1 litre packs will feed a family of three to four. This is a great healthy alternative to the other common unhealthy fast foods that moms and dads generally have to purchase as there is no time or energy to make a healthy nutritious meal for the family after a long day.

The feedback and interest received has been amazing. People want healthy, sustainable, natural and nutritious farm grown food. Free of growth hormones, antibiotics and all the other cancer causing poisons that gets used in commercial food products.

Saturday 21 November 1 day Wellness Made Easy workshop

Join us in a FREE workshop which includes notes, a goodie bag and a demonstration of our new Wellness programme. You will learn to understand various symptoms and diseases and how to take back control of these. Space is limited to 20 people so please make sure you confirm your booking asap.

More about our Wellness Made Easy Programme