Hello Slow Food enthusiasts!
We’ve decided to repeat one of our early events, which we first did three years ago (yes, we’ve been around that long!) – we are going to be visiting the biodynamic farm at Spier. This beautiful farm puts into action the principles Slow Food stands for – so we are very excited to be going back.
Those of you who came along last time will probably be keen to see how the farm has progressed over the last few years. And first time visitors are in for a treat: Farmer Angus McIntosh will be giving us a guided tour of the farm including the opportunity to see how they rear their pasture fed cattle, how they look after their ever-so-free-range egg-laying chickens and how they grow their fantastic organic veggies. Most importantly, you will learn how these elements of the farm work together to create a sustainable system, and how the health of the soil is the foundation of this system.
The event has quite an early start (9am) giving us the opportunity to make it more interactive by getting involved with the farm duties (including feeding chickens!) We recommend a visit to the neighbouring Waldorf Market afterwards for brunch, where many of the farm’s outputs are available for purchase (although you will probably be able to buy eggs etc from the farm – either way, bring cash).
We will not be not charging for children under 16, because we think it will be a great family outing and a fantastic hands-on experience for kids to enjoy.
About Angus McIntosh
Farmer Angus McIntosh has become well known for his sustainable and ethical, high quality produce and recently won (best organic or free-range producer at the 2013 Eat Out Small Producer Awards). You can read more about his philosophies and the farm at his blog: http://www.farmerangus.co.za/
About Spier Biodynamic Farm
Inspired by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in Virginia, USA, the Spier Biodynamic Farm applies biodynamic agricultural principles and practices in raising cattle, sheep, broiler chickens, laying hens, vegetables and vines.
The 54 hectares of irrigated pasture form the foundation on which their operation rests. They plant a diversity of perennial summer and winter legumes, herbs and grasses each of which brings different nutrition to the animals eating them as well as beneficial relationships with the soil microbes.
Date: Saturday 20 April 2013
Location: Spier Biodynamic Farm (near Stellenbosch) – directions will be sent to attendees closer to the date.
Cost: R40 for members, R50 for non-members, kids under 16 free. Please feel free to invite interested friends as we can accommodate up to 50 people.
Bookings close on 12 April 2013 or when all places have been taken.
Slow Food Mother City