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Suelyla Dya grows enough vegetables in her tiny garden to feed herself and her family of seven. (photo by Carole Ann Knight, on Flickr)

Home gardens prove resourceful in the face of adversity

The Cape Flats is a windswept, crime-ravaged area in Cape Town, South Africa, that’s beset by apathy, unemployment, and substance abuse. Underprivileged communities live here in grim housing blocks pockmarked by gunfire, or in shacks packed tightly together in the unmistakable press of poverty. Empty lots are … [Read More...]

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Time for transition in South Africa

“In Transition 2.0” is a film that offers hope and resilience in challenging times. It was a pleasure to be part of the audience at the Eco Film Festival this month at the Labia in Gardens. For me the film presents … [Read More...]

Wild about Weeds Part 6: Dune Spinach

Wild about Weeds Part 6: Dune Spinach

Dune Spinach is a spreading shrub with dark green, sessile, glistening succulent leaves. Its family name is Aizoaceae (carpetweed family) and name Tetragonia decumbens. The sheen is caused by small, shiny, … [Read More...]

A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating. An Artist and designer, he couldn’t help but notice what was going on in his … [Read More...]