Uncle Wiz is a shining example of a thriving small scale farming and food distribution business that not only farms without chemicals but also focuses on and promotes indigenous food crops. Owners Wisdom and Mpumi Edward live in south Johannesburg and farm on land in Vanderbijlpark. Not only do they grow many indigenous African crops that have been sidelined but they also specialise in growing and processing traditional African herbs, particularly those used in Nigerian cooking, such as bitter leaf, scent leaf and Ugu pumkin leaf, among many others. Through social media, they share recipes to raise awareness on using herbs in cooking, not only to make tasty traditional meals but also for the health benefits. This has led to greater demand from customers who were not using herbs in the past. In addition to a shop they sell online and run a delivery service.
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ACB'S Stephen Greenberg's op-ed urging for a shift to localisation and agroecology
The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the stark inequalities that persist in our society. Vast disparities in access to health care, food, shelter, personal safety, water, transport and communications have been laid bare.