Ten years of Renosterveld conservation in the Overberg

Ten years of Renosterveld Conservation

In 2012, the Renosterveld of the Overberg had a helping hand for the first time, when a small Trust with big dreams launched. Now the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust turns 10 years old. For founder and Director, Odette Curtis-Scott, this is a dream that seemed impossible 10 years ago. “I still cannot quite believe it…

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Soilless farming project at Bredasdorp Park is growing

Soilless Farming

Nooitgedacht Fresh Produce at Bredasdorp Park uses soilless and organic farming to produce healthy, nutrient rich vegetables and herbs, on a reduced farm footprint, and in doing so spread awareness of the use of the technology to inspire others. The need for vertical production at Bredasdorp Park stems from a board decision to support food…

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Partnering with soil microorganisms to improve soil fertility

Partnering with soil microorganisms to improve soil fertility

Soil quality and productivity is dependent on many different environmental conditions such as pH, temperature, oxygen, moisture, and nutrient availability. All these factors must be conducive not only for plant growth, but also for soil microbial communities to thrive. Soils are home to billions of bacterial cells, many of which are found in the rhizosphere which…

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Water and irrigation in South Africa: Facts and figures

Water and irrigation in South Africa

South Africa has a strong water industry and the availability in South Africa varies greatly in space and time. While the west is dry with rainfall only during the summer and as low as 100mm, the east and southeast receive rainfall throughout the year with an average of up to 1 000 mm.  The area…

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