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Days follow each other seamlessly at Hoekiesdam.  As I sit on the boardwalk overlooking the signature dam, listening to frogs and night birds, I reflect on the comfort of routine and the easy joy of repetition.  We see a rut as a bad thing, but fail to realise that we are equally uncomfortable with constant change.  We are programmed to rhythm...
Afrikara Co-operative operates on a 38,5Ha mixed farm set in the spectacular Breede Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is a tiny bijou of a farm surrounded by huge pristine poly-tunnels, bare earth and tree-felling on an industrial scale. Blink and you drive past this tiny gem of greenery. Aletta Venter, one of the...
“There is no such thing as a bio-dynamic farm - only a bio-dynamic farmer. The farm is just a holistic, living organism,” says Aletta Venter over a cup of tea in the farmhouse kitchen.  The 38.5 hectare farm we’re visiting near Wolseley was bought by the Venter’s in 1995, and for the first four years it was managed as a small...