Growing the Future bids Jaco farewell!

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 2nd June 2011

After two years at the helm of the Growing the Future project, we unfortunately are having to say a fond farewell to our project manager Jaco Maritz. On his arrival Jaco was confronted with a barren piece of land and eight eager, but untrained women from Stanford.

Over the last two years, under Jaco's leadership this empty piece of land has been turned into a productive farming landscape that yields all sorts of exciting organic products. Jaco set up a permaculture key-hole garden and a banana circle waste water basin on the site.

He lived on the site and was often required to go the extra mile, working on weekends, selling products at the local farmers market and welcoming and showing visitors, journalists and guests around the project after hours and on weekends. All of this was always done with a smile and obvious enthusiasm for his project. Jaco has decided to leave the project to broaden his horizons and further his career development.  

We wish him all the best.

Sean & Grootbos Foundation Staff

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