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2017 April: Thank you LTT Bolt & Nut

2017 April: Thank you LTT Bolt & Nut

Thank you to LTT Bolt & Nut for their generous donations to the Baobab Foundation. Pre-school creches are sadly neglected in these rural areas of the Limpopo so it’s always great news when we receive donations for much needed equipment and facilities.

2017 Jan: donation brings joy to Tshedza & Zwigodini creches

2017 Jan: donation brings joy to Tshedza & Zwigodini creches

We’re so grateful for the generosity of Nancy Nehoray who has donated to two Pre-school creches in rural areas of the Limpopo. Creches and pre-schools are sadly neglected when it comes to basic resources for the children. So it’s always BIG news when we receive donations for much needed equipment and facilities.

2016 Aug: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book

2016 Aug: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book

Inspired by her PhD research on baobab trees, Dr Sarah Venter wanted to make the fascinating information usually available only in obscure scientific papers, available to a much broader audience including children. The Little BIG BAOBAB book is for everyone who loves baobab trees…

2015 Jun: EcoProducts Foundation: Baobab Guardians Programme

2015 Jun: EcoProducts Foundation: Baobab Guardians Programme

A little while ago I told you about our Baobab Preschool Programme which our EcoProducts Foundation is supporting.  Another project that we’re so excited about is the Baobab Guardians programme. The baobab tree takes 200 years to produce its first fruits, can live for over 1000 years, survives and even flourishes in almost desert-like conditions; […]

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: pre-school programme

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: pre-school programme

Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive of the launch of the EcoProducts Foundation. All your shares, likes and comments help spread the word and have been so encouraging to us.  We’d like to tell you a little more about one of our programmes, Baobab Pre-school. Like most mothers, Venda women […]

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: creating a culture of caring

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: creating a culture of caring

I decided to create the EcoProducts Foundation (a non-profit organisation) when I realised that simply providing employment to local Venda communities wasn’t enough.  I wanted to do more and decided to support early childhood development, which in these rural areas is very neglected.   In addition, the results of my PhD research revealed that goats and drought were hampering the growth […]

2015 Jan: Bonga, we thank you!

2015 Jan: Bonga, we thank you!

Gratitude.  Giving back is a way of giving thanks; thanks for what we have, and what we are able to give.  And today we’re so grateful to Bonga Foods and the Bonga Foundation for their warm generosity. Their most recent donation has enabled us to give back to the Venda community which supports us in harvesting Baobab […]

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

When baobabs are still young they are vulnerable to damage.  This young baobab was damaged at the base, but it was helped to survive by coppicing (sprouting).  After a few years most of the coppice shoots die but two or three remain leaving the tree to develop into a multistemed tree which you can clearly see in […]

2014 Jun: Baobablets Abound!

2014 Jun: Baobablets Abound!

I went to visit Blessing to see how her seedlings are getting on.  Blessing’s seedlings are looking lovely.  They were planted in Feburary this year just after a community training workshop on how to grow baobabs.  Soon the seedlings will lose their leaves for the winter and look like sticks and then in the spring […]

2014 Mar: Baobab seedling in the wild – will it survive?

2014 Mar: Baobab seedling in the wild – will it survive?

I always get excited when I see baobab seedlings emerging from the earth near or under the baobab trees.  It shows that the seeds are viable and that the weather was perfect.  Unfortunately their survival is very slim because of the harsh climate they need to survive in and because they are simply too delicious […]

2014 Mar: Baobab seedlings get big ideas!

2014 Mar: Baobab seedlings get big ideas!

In November last year EcoProducts did a workshop with 50 rural women harvesters in how to grow and conserve baobabs.  Each woman was given a seed and a planting bag to take home.  Well, when I visited the village this week, some of the women took me to see their so- called seedlings.  They had […]

2013 Dec: 50 new baobab babies!

2013 Dec: 50 new baobab babies!

Last month,  50 rural women harvesters attended a  baobab growing and sustainable harvesting course.  I had such fun with this, taking 50 rural women baobab fruit harvesters on a field trip from Zigodini village to Pafuri River Camp Nursery, on the banks of the Mutale River. The course was done with a mixture of practical […]