By: Enaleni Farm  11-11-2011



August 2009

Plans for a seed store are underway using part of an existing structure. The seed store will  incorporate elements of traditional knowledge from Southern Africa in seed keeping techniques mixed with a bit of science . The seed store will house active collections of  seed; mainly traditional varieties, and have facilities for storing seed tubers, grains (maize, sorghum and millet)

Biogas starts producing,  gas for cooking and heating -a 4500l recycled plastic tank to which fresh cow manure and grey water is added.

July 2009:

Traditional Health Practitioners visit Enaleni to look at medicinal plants and endangered plants, Zulu livestock, agroecological farming and food processing.

Fodder oats ploanted as a green cover crop, direct planting of maize will follow .

June 2009:

Harvested GMO-free soyabeans, jugo beans, fox tail millet, traditional Zulu maize and yellow maize, pumpkins, butternut.

May 2009:

 Endangered Zulu sheep exhibited at Pietermaritzburg Royal Show with the Agricultural Research Council.

 New  Sea Bright Bantams: Silver, Cinnamon and Golden .

Masters Students from UKZN stay at Enaleni for 3 days.

Pinetown Garden Club visit the farm with a specific interest in the orchid productions.

Farmers from Msinga and Tukela visit the farm with an interest in farming systems and  landrace animals.

February 2009:

Spanish Ass we have called Gundagunda Mercedes  collected for animal traction.

JVC and farmers from Limpopo Province visit the farm.

October 2008:

Ground Up vol 4. No.21.- A Pelum publication promoting sustainable community development  Publish article on Zulu Sheep

August 2008:

May 23:

Endangered Traditional Zulu Sheep exhibited at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show with the Agricultural Research Council.

May 10: 

Chicken thief caught , a female Lynx/Caracal/ Rooi Kat darted and relocated to Mkuzi National Park by SPCA Over a few weeks we lost 5 old fashioned poultry, Braham hens and a Sussex rooster.  After a few days without success we caught the thief in a borrowed dog trap with live bait.  We liked the idea of  sharing territory with a Lynx but they are well known to eat lambs so we decided to have her relocated. The Lynx was darted by the SPCA and transported to Mkuze National Park.

May 6/08:

Harvested 4.8kg of non-genetically modified Soya Beans from 150g of seed material.

May 2/08:

Traditional jugo beans/ bambara round nuts (izindlubu) eaten by  resident porcupines.

May 1/08:

Enaleni Farm Nguni Stud registered with Nguni Society of South Africa.

Harvesting honey with friends (Kyle Humble) in the school holidays:

14/11 /07:

New pastures germinated, orchid house roof erected, Vandas starting to flower.  Planting of endangered trees (Black Stinkwoods and Pepper barks) has started.

24/10/07 :

Latest heifer  born: Uvivi  (Twilight)


14/08/07 : Nguni heifer Born : Sibongile (We give thanks)


27/09 : First hatchings(goslings) of the Chinese Geese arrive


14/08 : Nguni heifer Born : Sibongile (We give thanks)


01/04 : The Start of Enaleni
Ground turning and the purchase of Livestock

April 2007 :

During April we took ownership of Enaleni and started to remove alien vegetation like Black Wattle and Lantana.  Dreams, plans, more plans, more dreams realistic, unrealistic, agreements, disagreements we experienced them all.