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The Young Permaculture Changemaker

In this week's #TMFInTheField we introduce you to Anthony Plaatjies, one of TMF’s Small Grant recipients. In 2013 Anthony matriculated from De Rust Futura Academy and decided to take a gap year. During this gap year Anthony volunteered his services in the veggie garden at


Fynbos is not easy to define, but it is essentially a term for an evergreen, hard-leafed shrubland vegetation type, or collection of plants, that is primarily associated with nutrient-poor soils and often, though not exclusively, with a winter-rainfall Mediterranean-type climate. It is characterised by four

The art of upcycling – Overberg Recycled Crafts

In this week's ‪#‎TMFInTheField we introduce you to Desiré Hearne (Des), one of TMF’s Small Grant recipients. Having grown up in the Grabouw community, Des has always been very aware of the high level of poverty and unemployment in the area. After completing her New

Nature as the antidote to modern life: Why it’s so good for us

“Imagine a therapy that had no known side-effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost? It exists, and it’s called ‘interacting with nature.’” These words come from a study run by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, US professors of environmental psychology, known

The Garden of Eden

In this week's ‪#‎TMFInTheField‬ we introduce you to Oom Jack Johnson, one of TMF’s Small Grant recipients. Oom Jack, located in the Slangpark community in Grabouw, is the pioneer behind ‘NuSun Farm Fresh’, a community-based veggie garden that has recently (early 2015) been re-established as

The Himalayan Tahrs of Table Mountain

Have you ever seen a peculiar, goat-like mammal trotting the slopes of Table Mountain? If so, you’ve stumbled upon the infamous Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), a large ungulate (“hoofed animal”) native to Northern India, Southern Tibet, China and Nepal (ref). The story of how these exotic,