A happy reunion with Babylonstoren!

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 20th August 2012

In July, the Growing the Future team went on an informative, fun and inspiring trip to Babylonstoren in Stellenbosch. On Tuesday, 14 of the Babylonstoren gardening staff visited us! We started of the day in the gardens of Growing the Future, continued with a delicious lunch at Forest Lodge and ended the day with a tour around Green Futures indigenous plant nursery.

At Growing the Future our staff and students were excited to share their experiences and practical solutions to organic and permacultural vegetable gardening, in our area. We talked about the importance of a balanced pH in the soil, our composting process and worm-farm, how our chickens and pigs contribute in many ways to the project, and we showed them some of our creative permacultural gardening solutions. Our passionate beekeeper Johan Strydom was happy to share some interesting facts about the Cape Honey bee and our honey production. It was awesome to have so many passionate gardeners at one time, on our gardens!

At Forest Lodge we were able to relax, enjoy the food and take in the stunning view while continuing the conversation around the environment and organic food production.

After lunch, the crew made its way down to Green Futures where Sharlene guided us around explaining the aims and inner workings of Green Futures horticultural project. We had a look at the many varieties of plants in the nursery, visited the students gardens and ended the day talking to some of the horses.

The Growing the Future team thoroughly enjoyed the day and we are looking forward to the next opportunity to share and exchange ideas, gardening solutions and stories with the team from Babylonstoren!

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