|EarthLore works to preserve traditional ecological knowledge and practices, seed diversity and governance systems essential for navigating climate change and defending land against growing threats from mining and industrial exploitation
A year ago, Make Halala started attending EarthLore’s community dialogues and the Ukulima agroecology trainings.She lives in one of EarthLore’s operational areas in Avontuur, Mpumalanga. She is passionate about traditional farming but, poverty, unemployment, the loss of traditional seeds and foods is high in Avontuur, making life for women-headed families particularly difficult. So discovering a way to farm without buying seeds, fertilisers and pesticides has been very exciting and inspiring. The more involved she became with Earthlore, the more new ideas were introduced to her family garden – from intercropping with marigolds to stop cutworms eating their tomatoes, to water harvesting using boxed ridges, to making compost and liquid manure, to planting pulses with seeds from the Seed Fair in Zimbabwe.
She is a good teacher and is constantly encouraging neighbouring farmers to adopt these approaches as well. And is helping transform her communities approach to food.