In August seeds were ‘sown’. In September, they were planted (and harvested).
Following from our first staff development workshop of 2019 – a beginner sewing course held through the month of August – we recently wrapped up our second course of the year.
Over three weeks, members of our team got down and dirty (literally) as they were guided through the principles of permaculture. The focus was on being resourceful – think limited space and limited spend.
Say Aloe to My Little Friend
Week one got the group off to a radishing start. Under the guidance of Melody from our stock department, the group got to grips with building small gardens. After looking at how to prepare mulch, they got down to it – creating wall gardens using recycled bottles and containers, and stacked gardens using up-cycled tyres. They also learnt about vermiculture – using earthworms to aerate the soil. #goodthymes
Thyme to Turnip the Beet
Week two focussed on growing vegetables using food scraps and grains. Our team learnt how to regrow veggies using leftover seeds and stalks, and how to use a bottle to propagate grains, beans, lentils and sprouts. No fig deal.
Herb your Enthusiasm
The final session of the gardening course focussed on water filtration and reticulation – including how to build a filter system using a bucket, and using charcoal to remove impurities from grey water.
Thyme to Celery-brate
A few weeks on and our permaculture gardens are flourishing – with leafy veg growing abundantly from our wall and pyramid gardens.
We hope thistle cheer you up!
Something to Be Grapeful About
We recognise that it is our responsibility to actively give back to those who enable us to function and flourish, and not to take anything for granted.
Our workshops are held through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, MOVE. Through MOVE we continually look for ways to improve our symbiosis with the human and natural environments around us. We pledge 1% of our annual turnover to this initiative, and to projects and causes that support the Plettenberg Bay community, in which our hub of production is located.
Enjoy this story? Read more about our previous staff development workshop – a beginner sewing course held through the month of August.