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Flower Valley Latest News for July 2021

Flower Valley Latest News for July 2021

We are half-way through the 2021 year, and it is time to share some of the news from the Valley. Flower Valley has largely focussed on executing our new strategy. We have been gathering baseline data on the trends within the different rural communities of the...

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Fantastic News for Fynbos Conservation!

Fantastic News for Fynbos Conservation!

Flower Valley has registered 500 hectares of pristine fynbos (on Flower Valley Farm) into a conservation servitude. This is done in favour of Fauna and Flora International, one of the world’s leading conservation organisations, who will ensure that all decisions are...

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Mobile technology in the workplace

Mobile technology in the workplace

Flower Valley has learnt that the ability to connect and share information between rural communities is severely limited during the COVID lockdowns. In response to this, we have stepped into the gap and provided training in different ways of communicating with...

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Flower Valley People

Flower Valley People

We all love fynbos and the fantastic diversity found on Flower Valley, but the people in our communities are just as special. While hosting a fynbos flower harvesting course in February this year at the Flower Valley outdoor classroom, we discovered that we had a...

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The Overstrand Rural Youth and Child Survey

The Overstrand Rural Youth and Child Survey

As a collective, social service organisations have been unable to find reliable and contemporary information to guide  targeted interventions for optimal impact. The census data collected by the national government misses essential information when it comes to...

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The insect devouring plants of Flower Valley Farm

The insect devouring plants of Flower Valley Farm

Venus flytraps and pitcher plants! These carnivorous plants eat insects as part of their diet. Within the Western Cape there are ±20 species of Drosera. This high diversity of carnivorous plants is caused by the poor nutrient soils found in the Cape. Carnivorous...

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Dolfyntjies centre needs your help.

Dolfyntjies centre needs your help.

Dolfyntjies Early Childhood Centre (ECD) was founded in 2002 in order to provide a space where children could learn and play in a safe environment in the Eluxolweni community where no quality early childhood services existed. It is 19 years later and Dolfyntjies...

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Latest News

Latest News

With renewed energy for our strategy framework, we have restructured ourselves to be more adaptable and efficient to deal with the post-COVID lock down climate. Our core focus is conserving biodiversity and building resilience starting with the child, through a life...

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Exploring and understanding fynbos systems through research

Exploring and understanding fynbos systems through research

Over the past few month’s Flower Valley was visited by a few Universities to explore our unique fynbos systems.  The following is interesting research done on Flower Valley Farm. Multispectral Imagery Colin Geel (surveyor) and Dr. Kevin Musungu (Cape Peninsula...

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Alien Clearing across the Agulhas Plain

Alien Clearing across the Agulhas Plain

After a prolonged break in the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative’s Alien Clearing Project, work started in early January 2021. 2 734 hectares of alien vegetation was cleared this year.  Since 2013, the project has successfully cleared 47 000 hectares of alien plants,...

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Life skills learning

Life skills learning

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” B.B. KingFlower Valley aims to be a vibrant space for learning and engagement, so that everyone can have an equal opportunity to access knowledge. The past three months 97 people attended our...

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Converting an old bathtub into an earthworm farm!

Converting an old bathtub into an earthworm farm!

To have the best vegetables and plants you need amazing compost. Unati, the horticulturist at Flower Valley Farm, explains how she re-used an old bathtub to make an earthworm farm at the outdoor classroom. How to set up an earthworm bathtub? You will need a bathtub...

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Welcoming Shaquille to Flower Valley Farm

Welcoming Shaquille to Flower Valley Farm

Flower Valley partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and their graduate internship programme aimed at youth pursuing a career in conservation or biology. Shaquille Benjamin is the successful applicant for the position of Ecology Intern and we are excited...

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Flower Valley’s Latest News

Flower Valley’s Latest News

The Flower Valley team has had busy year with delivering food to mothers and children, and equipping people with skills for potential business opportunities. Have a look on our blog to see the latest news on the essential work done by Flower Valley. The 2020 year has...

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What do you know about Biological Control?

What do you know about Biological Control?

“Biological control is about supporting the eventual clearing operations” Dr Alan Wood. Alien invasive plant species threaten biodiversity, reduce water run-off, and increase risk of fire in the Overberg. Flower Valley has been working to control the spread of alien...

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Experiential Learning at Flower Valley

Experiential Learning at Flower Valley

Preparing and mentoring individuals within Flower Valley’s field-based work contributes towards increased probability of employment and opportunities for growth during a time of stasis. This is essential given the current state of the South African economy being...

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Update on Flower Valley’s Outdoor Classroom

Update on Flower Valley’s Outdoor Classroom

The Flower Valley team has been working in the Flower Valley Farm gardens and getting ready to host workshops at the outdoor classroom in the new year. The design aspects influence directly on the interactions and experience a child will have with nature. This forms...

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