Author Archive: gregjooste

Spring Flowers

This year (2011) was a terrible year for veld fires in our beautiful valley.  At one stage it felt like living in a volcano, with a ring of fire on both mountain’s. And Wickedfood Earth was not spared. In June a devastating fire swept through the farm, destroying fences , irrigation and a number of Read More

October 25, 2011
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Grassfed beef the Facts

Chemicals, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics are just a few of the nasty toxins we make our bodies ingest everyday through the consumption of certain meat and dairy products, vegetables and fruits. While awareness of the harmful chemicals used in the growing process of fruits and vegetables is increasing, many people remain unaware about the use Read More

June 24, 2011
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Vegetable planting for winter

For the Highveld, we are in the winter planting season. If possible, get vegetable seeds into the ground before the first frost, for them to establish themselves. After the first frosts, they will take longer to grow. Before planting, ensure that you have a good base of compost  which will supply nutrients to the plants Read More

May 4, 2010
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Hunting for pigs

Farming communities are generally incredibly generous, helping each other out whenever the need arises.  They can however also be very secretive. At Wickedfood Earth we are continually looking for indigenous breeds of animals to farm with, as we believe these animals can survive best in the natural environment.  We heard a rumour that there were Read More

April 27, 2010
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Mallard ducks

The Mallard, or Wild Duck (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the world including North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia. It is strongly a migratory bird. It is the ancestor of all Read More

April 26, 2010
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Brooding Ducklings

Muscovies lay up to 4 clutches of eggs per year  and are superb mothers and brooders. They will protect their young from predators even if it means their own life in order for the young to escape. Keep as pair or 1 male to 3 females. Small groups of ducklings can be brooded by broody Read More

April 24, 2010
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Muscovy Ducks

The Muscovy Duck, (Cairina moschata), is a large duck, native to Mexico, Central and South America. Although a tropical bird, it adapts to cold conditions down to –12°C and below, without ill effects. They are the only domestic ducks not derived from mallard stock. In the wild their colouration is black and white, but domestication Read More

April 23, 2010
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Indigenous poultry breeds in South Africa

Please note, we do not sell chicken breeding stock  The most common poultry breeds available in South Africa can be divided into two groups: Multi-purposed indigenous chickens, ideal for a free-range environment, especially rural communities. Breeds include Naked Neck, Venda, Ovambo, Potchefstroom Koekoek and Natal Game. Other European breeds such as the New Hampshire, Rhode Read More

April 16, 2010
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