Cool Spots in South Africa

Wild Food Foraging In Semi-Urban Area

20151228_103959Yes! Wild food still exists, even in today’s urbanized areas. There is a piece of land near where I live that is semi wild, there is a dirt road and some houses nearby but there is also a lot of forest and small animals. In fact sometimes I will be quietly sitting meditating when all of a sudden a little buck will come bounding past and scare me half to death! One day I was walking and I saw these small red berries. Now I will advise you to never eat food you don’t know but I have always been a bit stupid when it comes to risk taking and I took a berry and ate it. As you can see, I am still alive and the berry was delicious! Since then, I eat a few berries whenever I walk past that area. I will try to find out the name of this plant and update the article when I do.

Wild food foraging is immensely satisfying. There is something about finding little edible treats in nature that is so much fun. And of course it is organic too! Not only organic, but the plant’s genetic material is superb as it has been self-propagating for who knows how long. Many of our current food plants can’t boast that same feat – try growing your store bought tomato seeds past 2 or 3 generations and you will see what I mean.

I plan on creating an organic seed bank and taking a percentage and sowing it in the wild. My aim is to try and increase the amount of “wild food” in areas like these and see how these plants fare. If the experiment goes well, more “food forests” can be created, growing on their own as Nature intended. I think that destitute and homeless people should at least be able to forage for food. Living off Nature is essential to feeling safe and secure in this world when you have absolutely nothing to call your own.

My New Favourite Place (and comparisons between natural and factory farming)

One sunny morning I took my daughter for a stroll in the pram to explore our new surroundings and discovered this little gem tucked away in Krugersdorp, in the West Rand of Johannesburg. It is a sort of events venue/farm/stables and it is the last part that gets me really excited because I am a huge fan of horseriding and ride whenever I get the opportunity. With stables being so conveniently nearby to my house (literally next door!) I plan on purchasing a mare and riding more often.

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The setting is a beautiful mix of golden yellow grass and shady green alcoves of trees and is really a lovely little place to go for a walk and to top it all off there are even a few farm animals in the mix to really add to the vibe. And of course all the animals are totally free range. The pigs have a massive shady pen that I saw one of the caretakers watering so they had a nice mud patch to roll in. Why don’t you compare conventional factory farming to this setup and tell me which is more animal friendly? How can we even farm any other way?

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There are also a few cows contentedly munching cud and to be honest if I had such an awesome view I would also be pretty content! Further on the horses were trotting around.

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These happy little cows have a much better life than the poor animals in feedlots, which is where most meat comes from

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