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Nature’s Prozac

Sceletium Tortuosum – Kougoed – Kanna

For Sale Sceletium Tortuosum

A natural way to reduce anxiety and combat depression. Easy to grow, easy to keep, incredible value for money. Found in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa, it is growing increasingly rare due to over-harvesting.

It has been used for centuries to cure a range of ailments. It has been given to women to aid with symptoms of menopause, alcoholics and drug addicts to wean them from their addition. It has been documented to increase libido. It has even been given to babies as one of the few known natural cures for colic.

With a dose of caution, a medical opinion and some good research, it’s quite easy for your back yard to become your medicine cabinet.

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We have a great stock of Sceletium mother plants, prepped and ready for...

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Sustainability: Its about the Soil

The Green Guerrillas are soil farmers. We profile soil in an urban agricultural environment. With the use of animal husbandry and alchemy composting techniques, we have designed and shaped a soil for the harsh south peninsula climate. This guarantees success, no matter the caliber of gardener you are.  With a guerrilla approach to self-sustainability you’ll have an abundant garden.

We know the only way the people of our community will be able to be self-sufficient is to use a growing medium that is the shit. Access to affordable growing mediums to apply to the earth and reap the rich rewards the soil can offer: this is the crux of sustainability. It’s is all about the soil.

The Green Guerrillas extend an open invitation to all the people far and wide to visit our farm this Friday...

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Backyard Spinach

The Generals Recipe for feeding your family on R2 a day.

Find a dead space in your garden. Fence it with anything you can get your hands on – to keep pets out. Sew a handful of spinach seeds. Add 2 bags Green Guerrilla prime Juju concentrated soil medium. Add water.

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After 30 days you can begin to pick some baby spinach. After 90 days you will embark on a major harvest.  Pick, wash, and cut-freeze in zip lock bags. Or if you don’t have the freezer space, leave in the ground and continue harvesting the spinach for up to two years. 

8m x2m = 800 meals of Popeye food.

The cost of setting up your garden is R420. R20 for Non-GMO Spinach seeds – from the Green Guerrillas and R400 for Green Guerrillas Special Juju soil medium...

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Pig Harvest

Yesterday we harvested a pig. These are the General’s thoughts as the meat sits in the cold room:

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The logistics of harvesting a 350kg pig are massive. The variables are a headache. Careful planning is imperative; most importantly the initial harvest has to be well structured to ensure the safety of the harvester, and ethical handling of pig.  Pigs are as clever as dolphins, you don’t get a second chance. Again the process has to be done within 1/100 of a second  – stun, bleed.

Because pigs are so clever moving them any place that is not home will create stress. I chose to harvest this animal in its place of residence (because of its size-and to guarantee safety of all involved with the harvest).  The biggest challenge is the ability to move the pig for final harvesting...

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Rock and Roll Roadshow – Mobile Sustainable Unit

The 1978 FORD F100, loaded to the brim, dragging behind it a 7m trailer crammed packed with 700 small established trees. This is the Green Guerrilla rolling rock and roll road show. A moving spluttering mobile farm – transporting soil, bacteria and living organisms to sustain life. We call it the MSU (Mobile Sustainble Unit).
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The MSU was deployed to Fish Hoek Primary – 1000 green hearts were there to meet us.
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They are supporting the revolution and the development of the MSU by trading sliver and copper for bacteria farmers, cow manure, micro greens, seeded potatoes, fungus machines and a whole bunch of other stuff. Thanks Fish Hoek Primary Green Hearts – as usual you rock!

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Harvest of Bovine

Today we harvested beef.

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Today we gave respect to the bovine that yielded that beef. The respect was a death of dignity and honour – death came quickly. There was no slaughter stress, harvest went as planned.

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It is I who facilitated this harvest, but I was not alone, to my right was my wife (my best friend), to my left was Sgt. (right hand man). It took us 5 hours to complete the harvest. We employed some different techniques to get the job done. Something for future urban agriculturists to take note of:

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We used a cable strap to secure the anus then took it backward through the cavity to ensure a clean harvest. This is the third time I have used this system – works well.

Removed the tongue before rigor mortis set in.

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Used a different  version of skinning.

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We harvested beef in...

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Chaos in the Green Cube

Welcome to my office.

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Chaos in the Green Cube – I transplant into anything that can hold a big hand full of profiled moisture retaining soil. I put lots of food in the soil to assist young seedlings to bounce toward the ceiling. I add anything I can get my hands on that will retain liquid food and encourage root growth.

This old fish tank, filled with very interesting and bazaar germinating seeds, is my office desk. The changing green below my computer is my live screen saver.

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These white boxes are used fish boxes, available from all places that sell fish, used as great propagating/large seed trays. They retain warmth; creating a seed incubator.

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The white tank on the right is the juju juice bubbeling away...

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Harvest in the Garage

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The harvest area is prepped.

The jack props and wood beam are in place to take the weight of the carcass as I dress it. Once the animal has been bled I can remove the hooves and secure the back tendon on to the angle iron. This will keep the hind quarters apart and allow for easier skinning. Whilst I work I can use this contraption to slowly raise the carcass, with the neck down. In the first few minutes I hoist up to ensure a good bleed. There will be a lot of blood.

Having the responsibility to slaughter a big animal that you and your family have been accountable for, watched and cared for – it’s not a task you just potter off and do...

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Eating Ethically Harvested Meat

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Vleis, our pasture fed bull, harvested two weeks ago, reached some of our friends tables, and they had very interesting comments. For those who don’t speak Afrikaans, Vleis means “meat”. He was named for the purpose he was bread for – to feed our family and our friends. They all agreed that eating the ethically harvested meat was such a privilege. It reconnected all of them to the cycle of life – and the death it entails. It made them appreciate the energy that went into each scrumptious morsel.

“Oh my first meat was soooooooo good! “

“Akim, that meet was simply put orgasmic. It actually left me feeling invigorated after eating, and wanting more, not heavy like steak normally makes one feel”

“Our first impression of Vleis was yummy, deliciousness…I didn’t get any shots as we were...

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How does our Free-Range, Pasture-Fed, Organic Meat land on the chopping block?

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How did the meat land on the chopping block?

We don’t really want to know!

Because meat is muscle, and the animal that it supported had die to put that meat on the chopping block. Although many people love the idea of eating pasture reared meat, they stop before thinking about the ending of that life. But the ending of the life is the most important part of eating that meat!

Life feeds off life. Perhaps sometimes we get caught up in organic/free range “activism” and miss the point.  Regardless of what we are going to eat, we need to eat it, or we die. And because we don’t die, something else has had to – this is the circle of life. The celebration that life can sustain another life.

As we slowly evolve as a species that has not given this much thought to animal ethics for 100 years; ...

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