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. Mornings like these … 💚🌍🙏🐳#blissed #blessed #earthporn #kommetjie #longbeach #houtbayvista #capetown #southafrica #southernpeninsula #summerdays A post shared by Robyn Smith (@robyn_on_earth) on Mar 6, 2017 at 11:45pm PST…

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.   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 post shared by Helen Walne…

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…

Discover Bramleigh Manor’s eco-conscious Natal Midlands route

Andre and Kaitlyn Kauerauf, from Bramleigh Manor in the Natal Midlands, share their Green Route. ‘Our green route starts at home on Bramleigh Manor, a family-owned property offering eco-conscious retreat style accommodation, encouraging guests to relax, restore and reconnect. We make/bake/grow as much as we possibly can, including bread, eggs, yoghurt, veg and natural cleaning…

A year of small steps

It’s 2018. What does that mean? I feel as if last year was a practice run for living greener. #Green2017 sounded like a good idea but perhaps I spent more time taking photos of our pallet gardens and sprouting jars and inventing #101WaystoCookAlmondMeal than actually greening up. Not that this type of home industry isn’t…

Peaceful times on Marylou’s Garden Route

  Marylou Newdigate, who lives in Knysna with her husband, Bruce Botha, shares her Green Route. ‘We moved to Knysna in 2002 because we felt Cape Town was overcrowded and congested and we sensed it was only going to become more so over the years. We sold up and moved to Knysna to enjoy a…