It’s fascinating to watch people endlessly complaining about litter and yet not coming up with solutions. When the Municipal strikes are on and the streets are trashed with rubbish bins upended, very few businesses get down and dirty and clean up their little section of road and pavement. Why should they? It’s “someone else’s” problem.
This is where each of us can make a difference. Farmers, municipalities and home gardeners can reverse this trend by choosing bee-friendly plants as ornamentals, windbreaks, on field edges and ridges, and along roadsides. Fortunately, a number of plants used for soil erosion control or for shelter have abundant flowers to feed bees, making the selection of multi-purpose plants more desirable. This has been done on a large scale by farmers and apiarists in Israel, where more than 1 million trees have been planted within the last 10 years to provide forage for bees. In a desert country that goes 6 months of the year without rain, the provision of bee forage has now enabled them to produce more than 3,600 tons of honey per year, enough for export. Other successful programmes have been implemented in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Life in a small town has many joys and many challenges. It’s what we choose to focus on that makes the difference to our own everyday experiences – such as this isn’t a dead or dying town, like others in South Africa.
Caterworld is known for their passion for the White River community and they often help with functions at old age homes, Care Buddies, Hospice, SPCA etc. They believe that they have to give back to the community in order to be successful themselves.
This forage garden planting plan contains a variety of plant options (medium shrubs and herbs, small and large trees, and pasturage) to meet the needs of both the grower and the bees. It also lays out detailed information on their growth and flowering specifics, their location and soil requirements, and their value to the bees in terms of nectar and pollen.
The church is not one to keep its pleasant spot to itself and is opening up a coffee shop on the veranda overlooking the garden. All will be welcome and we can attest to it being a good spot to relax, either with your children playing on the lawn or for a quick meeting.
In conclusion to all budding ecommerce entrepreneurs, “Do things that don’t scale” (Reid Hoffman, co-founder LinkedIn) and focus on one service or product and allow the market to determine your complementary and substitute products.
Lowveld Vet, previously known as Vet@Casterbridge recently moved to Palm Street from their Casterbridge premises. They have expanded hugely and can now provide a 24-hour around the clock monitoring and emergency service to your furry friends. T
In a time where there seems to be so much division, separation, fear and hatred in this beautiful country of ours, I’m choosing to focus on collaboration, connection and community. Building relationships and bridges. Reaching out and focussing on a positive future for South Africa because I can be the change. How about you?