Brave Baobab Seedlings

Brave Baobab Seedlings

These baobab seedling pics remind me of the boldness of youth. And these days sadly, if they’re growing in an inhabited area, they’re bound to get eaten by livestock. Out there in the ‘wild’ they just have to make the most of a few weeks of life and then the thousand year promise in their genes is extinguished. Which is why the work of the Baobab Guardians becomes so important. 

Pre-School Graduation Day Celebration

Pre-School Graduation Day Celebration

‘Graduation’ for pre-school! The EcoProducts Baobab Foundation support a number of pre-schools in various villages in the area. We believe this a vitally important aspect of early childhood development that urgently needs our attention and funding in order to break the poverty cycle. Now the children we’ve been helping to support are ready to ‘graduate’ to ‘big’ school!

50 new trees Baobab Guardians celebration!

50 new trees Baobab Guardians celebration!

Our big event celebrating planting 50 baobab trees was a huge success!  The purpose of the event was firstly to celebrate and make heroes of the Baobab Guardians, thereby inspiring others to also plant trees. Secondly, it was to present certificates to those Guardians whose baobab seedlings have almost reached 3 metres in height which […]

We did it! 50 baobab trees planted!

We did it! 50 baobab trees planted!

We’re thrilled to announce that what began as a dream in November 2013 has become a reality today! We have planted 50 baobab trees in the wild thanks to the help of our wonderful sponsors.  Baobab trees can live to over a thousand years old, are tough and sturdy and can survive near desert-like conditions. So why do we need to nurture baobab seedlings until they are strong enough to survive in the wild? 

2017 April: Thank you LTT Bolt & Nut

2017 April: Thank you LTT Bolt & Nut

Thank you to LTT Bolt & Nut for their generous donations to the Baobab Foundation. Pre-school creches are sadly neglected in these rural areas of the Limpopo so it’s always great news when we receive donations for much needed equipment and facilities.

2017 Jan: Baobab Guardians: tree keepers of the future

2017 Jan: Baobab Guardians: tree keepers of the future

Since baobab trees often only begin producing fruit after 200 years, this has to be one of the most far-reaching into the future sustainability projects around! Our thanks go to Melissa Krige of African Tree Essences for sponsoring a baobab seedling via our EcoProducts Foundation.

2017 Jan: donation brings joy to Tshedza & Zwigodini creches

2017 Jan: donation brings joy to Tshedza & Zwigodini creches

We’re so grateful for the generosity of Nancy Nehoray who has donated to two Pre-school creches in rural areas of the Limpopo. Creches and pre-schools are sadly neglected when it comes to basic resources for the children. So it’s always BIG news when we receive donations for much needed equipment and facilities.

2016 Jun: World Desertification Day

2016 Jun: World Desertification Day

Baobabs live in savannah ecosystems many of which are threatened by desertification. Although baobabs have an incredible ability to survive dry conditions they too are affected by desertification. What can we do?

2015 Jun: EcoProducts Foundation: Baobab Guardians Programme

2015 Jun: EcoProducts Foundation: Baobab Guardians Programme

A little while ago I told you about our Baobab Preschool Programme which our EcoProducts Foundation is supporting.  Another project that we’re so excited about is the Baobab Guardians programme. The baobab tree takes 200 years to produce its first fruits, can live for over 1000 years, survives and even flourishes in almost desert-like conditions; […]

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: pre-school programme

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: pre-school programme

Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive of the launch of the EcoProducts Foundation. All your shares, likes and comments help spread the word and have been so encouraging to us.  We’d like to tell you a little more about one of our programmes, Baobab Pre-school. Like most mothers, Venda women […]

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: creating a culture of caring

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: creating a culture of caring

I decided to create the EcoProducts Foundation (a non-profit organisation) when I realised that simply providing employment to local Venda communities wasn’t enough.  I wanted to do more and decided to support early childhood development, which in these rural areas is very neglected.   In addition, the results of my PhD research revealed that goats and drought were hampering the growth […]

2015 Jan: Bonga, we thank you!

2015 Jan: Bonga, we thank you!

Gratitude.  Giving back is a way of giving thanks; thanks for what we have, and what we are able to give.  And today we’re so grateful to Bonga Foods and the Bonga Foundation for their warm generosity. Their most recent donation has enabled us to give back to the Venda community which supports us in harvesting Baobab […]

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

When baobabs are still young they are vulnerable to damage.  This young baobab was damaged at the base, but it was helped to survive by coppicing (sprouting).  After a few years most of the coppice shoots die but two or three remain leaving the tree to develop into a multistemed tree which you can clearly see in […]

2014 Jun: Baobablets Abound!

2014 Jun: Baobablets Abound!

I went to visit Blessing to see how her seedlings are getting on.  Blessing’s seedlings are looking lovely.  They were planted in Feburary this year just after a community training workshop on how to grow baobabs.  Soon the seedlings will lose their leaves for the winter and look like sticks and then in the spring […]