Taste Natasha’s nourishing GreenCity CT

Natasha Napoli from Nourish’d Café and Juice bar in Cape Town shares her Green Route. Nourish’d Cafe is a cafe/juice bar that brings awareness about sustainability, consciousness and environmental issues. I serve fresh, natural nourishment to the community and I make my customers pay for their paper straws. When they ask me why they get a…

Discover Bridget’s fabulous green Mpumalanga escapes

  Bridget Hilton-Barber of  The Ministry of Fabulousness shared her Limpopo Green Route with us in April last year. This year she explores the green side of Mpumalanga. Mbombela (Nelspruit) is the hot ‘n heady centre of the Lowveld. Or the Slowveld as we call it, like the Lowveld but slower and steamier. The city has…

Gardening at night

What do you do in a drought when your previously green and verdant front lawn now looks like a stale Weetabix? Why you dig it up and take to gardening at night. Vintage pottery and small succulents in the night garden.   Image: Melanie Farrell The lawn has a huge hole in the middle of it…

Explore the Karoo with Kathryn at Numbi Valley

Kathryn Eybers, who co-owns Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm near Oudtshoorn with her husband, Ross, shares her Green Karoo Route. We love to visit Brett the Vet‘s Tortoiseback Vegan Haven  just outside the tiny Karoo town of Klaarstroom. Brett opens his farm stall once a week on a Friday morning 9am-12 and sells freshly picked organic heirloom veggies and exquisite…

Dip your toes into the Atlantic with Robyn in Kommetjie

Robyn Smith, the founder of Faithful-to-Nature, lives in Kommetjie with her hubby, and sons Cassie, who’s five, and three-month-old Kojo Viljoen. Robyn shares her aqua-green route with us. View this post on Instagram Mornings like these … 💚🌍🙏🐳#blissed #blessed #earthporn #kommetjie #longbeach #houtbayvista #capetown #southafrica #southernpeninsula #summerdays A post shared by Robyn Smith (@robyn_on_earth) on Mar…

Busisiwe shares her Eastern Cape seed route

Busisiwe Mgangxela, an emerging rural farmer near Hogsback who is passionate about keeping things natural and traditional, shares her Green Route. My background as a nurse educator where good quality nutrition is the first line of management in health care drives me and gives me strength to continue even when challenges arise. Caring for plants,…

Treat yourself to a Darling day out

There’s something about Darling, an hour’s drive from Cape Town, that has seen a steady growth of a cluster of slow-food experts. Melanie Farrell meets the makers and samples their wares. Darling Sweet – Frits van Ryneveld and Hentie van der Merwe ‘We started Darling Sweet with one pan and two assistants and in three…

Taste Nikki Brighton’s KZN Midlands on a plate

  Nikki Brighton – vegetable grower, barterer and photographer – shares her green route on a plate in the KZN Midlands I like to think I am a locavore. It’s quite a trendy thing to be right now, but makes complete sense to me. With so many farmers’ markets in the KZN Midlands, it is…

Use less everything, especially water

Ah, February. I like to start January in February. There’s too much hullabaloo in January to be able to cope with resolutions. I have a trusty set of resolutions that I get out every February, tweak a little here and there, and off we go. This is my favourite decluttering book: Clear Your Clutter with Kate…

What to do in a drought

I was going to write about resolving to be more focused and organised about zero waste living but all I can think about is water. Everyone’s talking about poo these days. At coffee mornings and birthday lunches, high teas and evening soirees. I’m sure it’s discussed at every water cooler in Cape Town’s city centre…

Helen Walne, underwater-er

Helen Walne, a writer, editor and ‘obsessive underwater-er’, shares her blue-green route.   View this post on Instagram I’m like that troll who hides under bridges. Except I’m a troll with a snorkel and an appreciation for the Romantics. And a good, colonised jetty. #Swimming #openwaterswimming #swim #underwaterphotography #underwaterpics #water #capetown #seaswimming #wildswimming #freediving A…

Stroll along Janette Bennet’s wild Kwelera coast

  Writer and photographer Janette Bennett, who lives in Kwelera Mouth near East London, shares her green route with us. ‘I tend to hang out in and around my home (fairly hermitty), editing and writing, making bags and whatever, gardening and beaching. The first stop on my green route is my garden. We share it…