'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 […]
In the last of our series featuring photographer Vanessa Bristow’s wonderful work, we leave you with these simply stunning photos of baobab trees at sunset. It’s not difficult to see where EcoProducts got its inspiration from for its striking logo! 🙂
Photographer Vanessa Bristow has wonderfully captured these different birds perched in baobab trees in Zimbabwe. Featured here are a Marabou Stork, an owl and a pair of Bennett’s woodpeckers busily pecking away (the female below the male). As Vanessa says of her photographs: ‘They are in humble tribute to a mighty tree! Baobab’s provide shade in summer, beautiful […]
Here, talented photographer Vanessa Bristow shares some of her photographs of Baobabs taken at Sentinel Ranch in Zimbabwe. We’ll be featuring more of her stunning photographs during the week.
Spring has arrived in the Limpopo with budding baobabs! The baobab trees which have been bare for most of the year are bursting into bud and leaf. The round buds which look like fruit are actually flower buds. They will still grow to three times that size over the next month before they are ready […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Do you recognise this painting? Find out how the Baobab has inspired other crafters, artists and photographers. Visit our Baobab Inspiration Pinterest page here: http://www.pinterest.com/ecoproductsza/baobab-inspiration-art-craft-photography/
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 […]
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 […]
As always in West Africa, people usually dress in vibrant colors, especially the women. It’s a beautiful sight to see. Around Boukombé, the markets are the most animated during the dry season. People are not otherwise occupied with agricultural labor, and harvests are in, so there is plenty to buy. The temperature that time of […]
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!
In the 16 000 sq km of Makgadikgadi Pan (Botswana) lies an isolated dry granite rock island 10 metres high, forming a roughly 1km long crescent shape called Kubu Island. The entire island is a national monument, and is considered a sacred site by the indigenous people of the area. The almost white rocks (covered in fossilised guano) share space […]
it's on the New York Best Seller List and has been described as a "Beautiful and powerful work at the intersection of fine art, science, and philosophy, spanning seven continents and exploring issues of deep time, permanence and impermanence, and the interconnectedness of life, Rachel Sussman has written a wonderful book "The Oldest Living Things in […]
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 […]
The area has had lovely late rains, but this has affected our normal fruit harvesting time. Normally all the fruit would have fallen to the ground by now and been picked up by our harvesters, but this year more than half of them are still on the trees. So we are waiting for the fruit […]
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 […]
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 […]
A few years ago I was called by a local farmer to see some baobabs that were very ill and dying. There was a group of four baobabs, some of them were still standing and others had already collapsed in to a heap of fibre. This tree was still standing, but was hot and ‘sweaty’ with […]
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!