Poison free erven in Suurbraak

If you visit Suurbraak a small mission village in the Western Cape of South Africa you will notice that some properties are displaying signs on their gates to indicate that their erven are poison free.

Background

An agricultural project of the Suurbraak Birds of Paradise Women’s Group was set up to grow vegetables on two large adjoining plots across the Buffelsjagsrivier that flows through Suurbraak.
The project was about to spray 24-D Amine herbicide when a group of agroecology farmers intervened and a tense standoff ensued which ended in accord with the decision taken not to spray Roundup or 2,4-D Amine herbicides and, instead, to farm like the Suurbraak foremothers and forefathers once farmed, namely, organically.

Poison-free signs

In order to give substance to the decisions taken at the stakeholder meeting Niche Unity approached Thembisa Trust for funds to create and put up the signs advertising the intention of Suurbraak to remain poison free and to initiate a training process among small household farmers.