In order to meet with François Malan, we arrive at Stellenbosch and first set out in search of a golf course. Our goal is not for our van to get lost among the driveways reserved for small cars, but to cross through a closed park reserved for golfers or for wealthy people anxious to live in a guarded space, since this is the only way for us to access the destination we are interested in.
Our host invites us into his pickup truck and begins the visit with a field of ground cherries, then plantations of lemon trees, before moving on to the vineyards and gardens, including sweet potatoes that I had never seen before outside of supermarket aisles.
In the album devoted to this visit, you can see a magnificent cowpie. The moment François took this cowpie into his hand, I started understanding one of the important issues. So I went ahead and took the cowpie as well – a photograph of it. To each his profession… The compost, the increasing of organic life in the soil – this is what everyone is trying to potentialize. This is why they encourage the presence of animals on their farms!
How can conditions for life be created for the future? This is the role of the mediator between Man and the Earth, with the collaboration of the animal and plant kingdoms.
The project is moving forward and gradually yielding its fruits.
from Bernard for la Terre et les Hommes, Spier, Stellenbosch, SA, 3 mars 2011