Wrapping up 2015; what a year it has been and, as we face the consequences of the drought that has gripped our nation, it is up to all of us to be super waterwise and take care of the water we do have access to on a daily basis. The
rooibos tea crop has failed due to the drought and farmers are facing financial ruin and losing their precious livestock in their thousands as a result. I wish it was cheerier news… but it is not. Reflecting on the year that has been I am even more sure now that we as individuals need to take better care of our own food security by growing as much of our own food as possible. I have been experimenting with my balcony garden and managed to grow spinach, tomatoes, celery, various herbs and lettuce and rocket. It adds up to being able to source some of my own raw ingredients and, with more care, I could probably grow more to share with my neighbours if needs be.