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Talk with Enviropreneurs

Talk with Enviropreneurs

There are entrepeneurs, solopreneurs, socialpreneurs. And then there are enviropreneurs! In April 2017 I was invited to give a talk on Enviropreneurship to students from the University of Venda.

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…

The Marvellous Brewers of Marula Beer

The Marvellous Brewers of Marula Beer

Each year marula beer connoisseurs make their annual pilgrimage to the far reaches of Limpopo to visit their favourite master brewers of marula beer. It’s a womens’ traditional craft and in order to get a taste of each woman’s brew you need to go ‘homestead hopping, visiting one home after another. Each one is different and this year Sarah Venter did her own tour of marula beer mavens and found out a few secrets along the way.

EcoProducts Celebrates A Year of Growth!

EcoProducts Celebrates A Year of Growth!

It is always a happy and vibrant day when we all go out to celebrate of a year of hard work. So much has happened for EcoProducts this year: moving to new upgraded factory premises, getting HACCP certified – two huge events! Last year we were 22 people and now we are 50 people. So we have doubled our staff and have TREBLED our production output!

EcoProducts & Abalimi Harvest of Hope

EcoProducts & Abalimi Harvest of Hope

We were delighted to join forces with Abalimi Harvest of Hope and have EcoProducts organic baobab powder added to their customers’ organic veggie boxes. Like EcoProducts, Abalimi Harvest of Hope works towards community upliftment through development and employment as well as strongly supporting conservation and nurturing the environment through organic farming practices. We love the work they do and we thought you’d like to learn more about them here!

Baobab Harvesters visit EcoProducts Factory

Baobab Harvesters visit EcoProducts Factory

EcoProducts invited 30 baobab harvesters from across the Venda area to visit the new EcoProducts Baobab Processing Facility in Makhado. The purpose of the visit was to show the harvesters where the fruit goes and what happens to the fruit once it arrives at the factory.  We also wanted the harvesters and the factory staff […]

EcoProducts is HACCP Certified – it’s BIG news

EcoProducts is HACCP Certified – it’s BIG news

EcoProducts is HACCP certified! It seems that only those businesses who have to go through HACCP certification understand the gruelling and hugely demanding process one has to undergo in order to get this internationally recognised food-safety certification.  So we’re thrilled to announce that we are have finally achieved this milestone! Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points is […]

Baobab Fruit Monitoring

Baobab Fruit Monitoring

Every year in February or March, I go out with a small team to do baobab fruit monitoring.  This is our 10th year!  It’s is a good time of year to do this because while most of the fruit have reached their full size, they have not matured (dried out) enough and have not yet fallen  off the […]

End of season celebration

End of season celebration

'Boabab sales have been going from strength to strength and after a busy successful season of harvesting and processing we thought it was time to celebrate!  It was good to get out of our dust coats and protective clothing and all the women, including me, enjoyed getting dressed up in traditional Venda clothes.  One of […]

A New Miss Earth

A New Miss Earth

A BIG congratulations to Ilse Saunders – the new Miss Earth and to runners-up Steffani Alexander, Michillay Brown and Roxanne Watson.  It was wonderful to share this event with you and the amazingly talented and dynamic Miss Earth team yesterday.  Your energetic leadership towards creating a better society and future is a real inspiration and we look forward […]

Miss Earth SA 2014 finalists meet the Baobab

Miss Earth SA 2014 finalists meet the Baobab

Yesterday the Miss Earth SA 2014 finalists met the Baobab. Sarah Venter gave them a talk on the baobab tree and EcoProducts and came away completely charmed and delighted by this impressive group of committed down-to-earth eco-princesses. Here are finalists Steffani Alexander & Roxanne Watson with baobab oil and other pics taken from the session.  And today is […]

Miss Earth & EcoProducts

Miss Earth & EcoProducts

We're excited to be part of the run up to the selection of the new Miss Earth SA on Thursday this week. Tomorrow, Sarah will be meeting the finalists to train them on all things baobab and on Thursday will be attending the event where the new Miss Earth SA will be announced.  In their recent press […]

Miss Earth SA and EcoProducts – Green Queens all!

Miss Earth SA and EcoProducts – Green Queens all!

We're so excited about our collaboration with Miss Earth SA!  There's so much synergy between our two organisations and we're thrilled that they are endorsing EcoProducts Baobab oil.  We love their combination of beauty and eco-savvy as well as their amazing leadership program which serves to encourage and empower young women into leadership positions as nurturing stewards of our beautiful earth. […]

Miss Earth: empowering women, nurturing the earth

Miss Earth: empowering women, nurturing the earth

It's a powerful and magical combination – beauty and leadership – and this is what sisters Catherine and Ella Bella Constantinides set out to achieve with Miss Earth SA.  So much more than a beauty pageant, Miss Earth SA is a leadership program for young women, empowering them to take responsibility, be accountable and make a stand for sustainable stewardship […]

RAIN comes to the Limpopo

RAIN comes to the Limpopo

We were delighted to host Bev Missing from RAIN last week. Her wonderful shops stock exquisite handmade bath, body and homeware products using natural ingredients with African origins. One of those ingredients is Baobab oil and we'll be featuring some of those products in future posts. Bev came to see the source of the baobab oil that […]

Baobab pods in Germany!

Baobab pods in Germany!

Polished and decorated baobab pods found in Germany! Seen at a stand selling exotic seeds, dried flowers and pods from around the world at the Kornelimunster Historische Jahrmarkt in Aachen. What a surprise!

Measuring Baobab girth

Measuring Baobab girth

It feels a bit like when you mark off the height of your children on the doorpost, but every year in May Diana Mayne, a baobab colleague, and I visit Skelmwater Baobab research plot to do annual growth measurements. This research plot was started in 1931 to measure the annual diameter growth of baobabs. This year was […]

Which side of the tree are you on?

Which side of the tree are you on?

Which side of the fence, I mean tree, are you on? Baobabs make fantastic poster boards and on a recent field trip I photographed this tree.  On the one side is a poster of Jacob Zuma (ANC) and on the other side is Julius Malema (EFF).  Tough Choice! 

Ecotrade empowers many women…

Ecotrade empowers many women…

…and Annah Mendela is just one of them. After being inspired by previous films made in collaboration with PhytoTrade and EcoProducts, Greg Cameron has created this warm and sensitve portrait of Annah, showing how by collecting baobab fruit for EcoProducts, she has been able to turn her life around.  A short 2.5 minute film that's so beautifully made it will stay with […]

Baobab Galerie: a unique shop

Baobab Galerie: a unique shop

Baobab Galerie is a unique decor and gift shop in Port Edward, KZN selling an exquisite handmade range of products made of natural fibres such as sisal, raffia, different varieties of reeds and grasses as well as recycled recycled paper and metal.  Alexandre and Michel who own the shop have long been interested in Baobabs, even growing baobab trees, […]