Slow Food Magalies Valley was formed by a group of committed small-scale food producers and co-producers (consumers) in the Magalies Valley who believe in the slow food ethos: good, clean and fair – everything that the slow food movement stands for.

More and more co-producers (consumers) wish to know who’s producing their food. Slow food encourages co-producers to develop relationships with producers whenever possible by purchasing from them, asking for product advice and information, and giving them feedback. Direct contact between local consumers and producers increases their understanding of what is seasonally available in our region.

Slow Food Magalies Valley has hosted a number of events already, such as the expert pruning demonstration, and an organic market held in Broederstroom recently.

Coming up soon:

Saturday 27 October 2012 – A natural chicken farming workshop at Harmony Chickens; and

Sunday 25 November 2012 – A garlic harvesting and luncheon at Puschka Organic Farm.

Growing the movement

The leaders and visionaries behind the movement are an interesting bunch:

Mike Crewe-Bown (convivium leader) is the co-owner of Wickedfood Earth and Wickedfood Cooking School, one of the most successful consumer cooking schools in South Africa. He and his wife,Cilla, moved to their farm in Hekpoort a couple of years ago and use natural methods to grow a variety of produce and raise various livestock including cattle for meat and milk, pigs, chickens and geese.  Mike is a regular contributer to the Hartebeestfontein Conservancy's newsletter;

Patrick Jonsson (alternative leader) who, with his wife Veronica, own Mkholo Olive Farm in Broederstroom. They produce some of the best local olive oil and other olive products;

Linda (secretary) and Peter James of Puschka Organic Farm in Naauwpoort who grow organic garlic and are into self sufficiency with their Nguni cattle, goats , sheep and chickens. They share this with their self-catering accommodation and Cooking in the Country cooking classes;

Roy Gibbs (membership), under the name Heartwood, produces wonderful smoked products including bacon, ham, and smoked chicken;

Ruth Mylroie (functions) of Harmony Chickens, in New Thorndale, whose farm is an eye opener for those of us who are concerned about the lives of the chickens who end up in shops, have lived. She also sells eggs and really does live in harmony with her birds; and

Dirk van Tonder of the Ale House in Broederstroom, whose eyes light up when he tells you about the artisanal beers that he produces and serves with delicious pizzas from his self-made wood burning oven.

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