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Back to the Baviaanskloof: Attempting to fix what failed & fighting for regenerative agriculture

Even with the farmers’ profound generational knowledge and a variously skilled, highly committed international team, there were huge holes in our plans to bring economic and environmental change to a region facing all the challenges of agricultural transformation in this era.

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The Baviaanskloof Part I: A community embarks upon soil restoration

Enfolded in mountain ranges from north to south, the Baviaanskloof is South Africa’s largest wilderness area—a remote hardscrabble landscape, home to both humans and wildlife.

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Baviaanskloof soil restoration
What is so great about Honeybush?

What is so great about Honeybush?

Elzanne Singels, our resident botanist, tells us what is so great about honeybush.

For hundreds of years, people have thought honeybush to be an exceptional plant with healing properties. The Khoi and the San peoples, indigenous to South Africa’s Cape region, used the leaves medicinally—for everything from boosting immunity to treating respiratory illnesses like asthma, tuberculosis and pneumonia.

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What happens in our soils, and why do we care?

When you pick up a handful of dirt from your garden you are holding more living organisms than there are people on Earth. Underneath your feet is another world of living organisms—eating each other, fighting for resources, working together to survive. There are the microorganisms like fungi, bacteria, protozoa and nematodes, and then there are bigger ones you can see with your naked eye, like earthworms and ants. Everything you see above the ground—all the grasses, plants and trees—depends on what exists below the surface.

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What happens in our soils, and why do we care?
In conversation with Grounded co-founders

In conversation with Grounded co-founders Thekla Teunis and Gijs Boers

We chat about a chance meeting in Zambia and the unexpected career move that made it possible. They reflect on six years of digging deep into regenerative agri, the “big glue” that holds them together, and what success looks like in an ever-shifting landscape. Along the way, we hear their hard-won wisdom about self-care and an epic football metaphor.

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Getting Grounded:
Restoring connections between you, me and the stuff we consume

We’d like to share some of the amazing things we’ve learned about how our food system works. We invite you to think with us on what we like about it, and what we think should probably change. We’ll share our experiences, and we’ll be honest: this is not a story about turning the world from brown to green overnight. It is not a story about making farmers rich and consumers happy through some kind of miracle product.

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