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Stanford Grapevine - Your Stanford Tourism Newsletter
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Greens are good for you- from our local produce to our green initiatives.
 
Where ever you look, as far as the eye can see almost, we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by endless green fields, bountiful wine farms and rich diverse landscapes.
 
But our love for all that is green extends much further than our landscapes, right into the hearty produce we share each Wednesday at the Graze Market or on the  weekend at our Saturday Morning Market.
 
There you will find a wide selection of artisanal produces, sourced and prepared locally before it gets deliciously turned into the fine cuisine you will find in many of  our local restaurants.
 
Read more about our markets and artisanal produce < HERE >
Giving Back
Our love for green does not stop there, for what we take from our surrounds, we give back too. Stanford’s dedication to being a sustainable, eco friendly village  which ‘treads lightly’ is what really makes us green.
 
Did you know that Stanford and surrounds is also home to a good handful of reforestation projects? Throughout our beautiful valley, an increasing number of farm owners, organizations and individuals are joining hands to clear alien vegetation and plant indigenous trees, pledging to conserve and protect their young forests for years to come.

Trees for Tourism > One of our local projects, Trees for Tourism, is a wonderful example of this. An initiative of the non-profit organization South African Reforestation Trust, it brings the whole community together as it acts as a platform for various stakeholders to plant and extend indigenous forest eco-systems. Trees are funded through donations and planted on private properties where the landowners have committed to clearing, reforesting and protecting demarcated sites. Local businesses and organizations, such as Graze Café and African Horse Company among others, have joined as partners and ‘sell’ trees that will be planted out on various sites.

Reforestation Sites >
One of these sites is located on Goodwill Mountain Farm – a permaculture community, guest farm and retreat where residents and volunteers work together to rehabilitate an invasive forest. Guests are invited to join weekly alien clearing efforts and events are hosted to raise funds for trees. Other forest sites include Farm 215 and Klein River Cheese Farm, where tourism activities and care for the environment go hand in hand in similar ways.
 
Similarly, forest projects at Bodhi Khaya and Platbos also offer visitors the opportunity to get involved.

 
Full Article in our Emag
What can you do as a visitor?
 
Chain stores, big brands and crowded attractions are not for everyone. Some travellers now opt for a more responsible escape where they can engage with their surroundings, the locals and leave knowing they’ve contributed in some way to the areas they’ve visited. However, going green as a tourist doesn’t have to be a complicated process, there are simple steps you can take to help reduce your travel footprint & tread a little lighter:

 
  1. Support Local Business
  2. Reduce your use of plastics in the village
  3. Walk around the village- there really is no need to drive.
  4. Take time out of your day to explore the wonders of nature.
  5.  Eat from our garden.

Have a Jolly ECO friendly holiday... here’s how:
  • Make your own biodegradable wrapping paper – think old newspapers, maps, colouring paper or fabric (get the kids involved)
  • Send forest-friendly or plantable Christmas cards
  • Add free-range, organic or locally produced foods to your festive menu
  • Switch to LED Christmas lights
  • Try reduce the amount of plastic used over the holiday period by making hand craft or DIY tree decorations and use reusable packaging
  • Try give experiences as gifts instead of more “stuff”
  • Replace single use crackers with natural reusable linen ones
  • Stuff stockings with natural, yummy locally sourced treats
  • Thinking of taking a small holiday… travel local and reduce your carbon emissions
  • Look for establishments committed to sustainable tourism
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To discover more about Stanford this spring, pop into the Tourism Office in Queen Victoria Street, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

For weekly updates, make sure you sign up for the free What’s on compiled by Stanford Tourism every Thursday right here. That’s all for now, folks. And remember, if anyone asks where you got your news, tell them you heard it through the Grapevine!

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028 341 0340

 

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