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Ecoproducts and Esse support rural crèche

Ecoproducts and Esse support rural crèche

One of the villages where some of our harvesters live has a little crèche which is so needed while mothers go out to work.  Yet they have so very little in the way of even basic resources for busy, active, growing little children.   Recently on one of my monitoring trips, I was able to take some chairs […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How fat are baobab trees?

How fat are baobab trees?

This week I did my annual trip to Skelmwater.  This is a baobab research plot situated near Musina long the N1.  Skelmwater was established in 1930 by the late Professor de Villiers of Stellenbosch University.  The aim was to measure the rate of growth of baobabs in their natural environment.   Despite the small number of […]

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2016 Mar: Baobab Guardians: women planting baobabs for the future

2016 Mar: Baobab Guardians: women planting baobabs for the future

How a UK wholefoods company is sponsoring 10 baobab guardians to help grow tiny baobab seedlings into mighty baobab giants!

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Calling the community

Calling the community

I was visiting a village in Venda the other day and needed to talk to the community about when I would be collecting baobab fruit.  During the day people are scattered and busy with other chores so it’s difficult to get to speak to everybody at the same time.  The headman’s wife was so excited […]

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Beautiful Baobabs in Africa

Beautiful Baobabs in Africa

The reason EcoProducts exists is to celebrate the Baobab tree – not only for its many gifts – but also simply because it’s beautiful. We’ve found some gorgeous images of Baobab Trees to share with you.

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Where did that baobab come from?

Where did that baobab come from?

There are 8 different species of Baobab trees 6 of which are native to Madagascar, one in Africa and one in Australia. There’s a lot of controversy about where the Baobab tree originated  as it’s often been assumed that Madagascar is the centre of origin because it has the most different species. This implies that […]

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2019 Dec: Thank you, LATHER!

2019 Dec: Thank you, LATHER!

The second print of the Little Big Baobab Booklet has been funded by Baobab Foundation donor LATHER. Inspired by her PhD research on baobab trees, Dr Sarah Venter wants to make the fascinating information usually available only in obscure scientific papers, available to a much broader audience including children. curious adults, and anyone who loves baobab trees…

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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 […]

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