All posts filed under: Sustainability

’n Kop vir sterk tee

Al die Slingers se teelane is organies en daar word geensins bespuit nie. Sowel Nicolaas as Andries is internasionaal gesertifiseerde organiese boere en lewer uitvoertee aan Rooibos Bpk. en Berg en Dal. Volgens Andries is die prys vir organiese tee ongeveer R5 tot R10 meer as konvensionele tee, en hulle het al tot R18 meer gekry. In 2019 het organiese rooibos R55/kg droë tee behaal, met winsdeling ingesluit.

Kyk weer mooi na die bytjies en die blommetjies

“Einstein het gesê die dag as bye uitsterf, het die mens beswaarlik vier jaar op die aarde oor.” Helena van der Westhuizen leun vorentoe in haar stoel wanneer sy hierdie verdoemende nuus meedeel. Pierre van der Westhuizen garneer dié toekomsdis met brandnetels. “En dan sit jy met net graan op jou bord.” Oukei. Pap en wors (sousloos). Skaaptjops en braaibroodjies (laasgenoemde sonder tamatie en uie). Steak en tjips? Geen aartappels nie. G&T sonder ʼn skyfie suurlemoen. Nee! Geen jenewer, aangesien jy jenewerbessies benodig. Dit wat eens water was?

Sustainable land use – grazing management strategies

The grazing management strategies followed on livestock or game farms are the main aspect determining long-term sustainability (financial and environmental) of the farming business. Poor grazing management results in a reduction in grazing capacity of the veld, which then necessitates the reduction of animal numbers and/or the provision of supplement feeding at a cost. Continuous poor grazing management may even lead to a permanent reduction in grazing capacity if topsoil and nutrients are lost through erosion.

Checkers partners with Farmer Angus to support black regenerative agriculture.

In a recent drive to upskill and empower his farmworkers, regenerative livestock farmer, Angus McIntosh, of Farmer Angus on the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, sold 85% of his egg business (51% black women owned) to some of his former employees. This has made them instant business managers and shareholders. As one of South Africa’s largest retailers, Checkers offers the new owners the opportunity to expand their model nationally.