I'm the family person, hard-working woman, a mom of a handsome boy, adventures and a God fearing woman. I worked at the Department of Health as an Administration Clerk for 5 years. We've opened an N.P.O Youth Initiative. We are developing youth in programs such as soccer, reading and our culture. We conduct awareness campaigns about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We facilitate the formation of support groups. And I have passion in farming. We started poultry farming and rabbits and we are selling the eggs in our community. I've done short course in Financial Management at University of Forte at PFMA.
Edible Backyard is Kath Irvine’s permaculture home garden. Created to support you on your journey to becoming a food gardener, Kath teaches you how to design and run your own low work + low input yet highly productive Edible Backyard. The kind of garden I wish for you is productive, beautiful and most of all easy. Sounds dreamy aye, but its totally doable. With a little forethought and patience in the beginning, and a few helpful nudges from me, you'll create garden nirvana - less pests, less disease, more joy and a bounty of kai. Teaming up with the web of life is the way. The more life your garden supports, the stronger it is and the less you need do. Its such a thrilling ride, my friends and I'm stoked to journey alongside you. As you let go and learn to trust natural processes you'll see that life has you and your garden in its hands. Put your trust in it, and it will steer you to Eden.
Very Edible Gardens (VEG) is a Melbourne (of the Australian persuasion) based permaculture design consultancy, directed by Dan Palmer and Adam Grubb. We were co-founders of the permablitz network, which is a volunteer backyard makeover network, and that’s mostly where we earned our stripes in garden design. As Very Edible Gardens, besides designing, we run workshops, build gardens, and write related books and blogs, do some radio. In 2006 Dan was a successful academic in philosophy with two book deals and a teaching job in New York. Adam was running the most popular website on the net about global energy depletion. We’d each been raised in families that practised a lot of self-reliance, but in our own ways we’d each lost site of it. Heck, Adam was pretty much half-computer. And we each had a desire to be doing something more tangible. Independently we enrolled at a two week Permaculture Design Course with the late permaculture godfather Bill Mollison in 2005. For Adam, permaculture was the perfect antidote to his concerns about a future of less resources. For Dan, it was enough of a kick in the behind to give up his university philosophy job and book deals! After practising in our own gardens, on an April Sunday in 2006, we got together with a few friends from a South American community group and helped transform our friend Vilma’s backyard into a tasty edible oasis. And we danced the salsa. That was the very first permablitz; a day on which volunteers come together to install edible gardens, share knowledge, build community networks and have fun. We had such a good time and achieved so much that we did it again at another friend’s house two weeks later. And then again… And again… Others began picking up the concept and there have now been 200 blitzes in Melbourne and the process has gone global.
The Orchard Project is the only national charity dedicated solely to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards. We aim to make a serious contribution to a better food system, based on people working together where they live to produce and harvest their own fruit. We work closely with community groups in hubs around England, Scotland and Wales helping to design and create new orchards that will last for decades to come, as well as restoring England’s old, neglected heritage orchards. We rebuild orcharding skills and knowledge, hold fantastic orchard celebration events and help groups make the most of their bumper harvests. Our aim is that every home in every city, town and village across the country is within easy-reach of productive, well-cared-for, community-run orchards. We believe that orchards have the potential to build stronger communities by providing cherished, nature-rich, community spaces and empowering people to contribute to reducing food miles. Since our inception, The Orchard Project (TOP) has consistently viewed community orchards as contributing to climate solutions, particularly in urban areas. As the climate crisis worsens, we are striving to apply our expertise more than ever to this end. Read our Climate Crisis Response Strategy.
Edible Landscapes London was founded in 2010. We pioneered the first accredited course in forest gardening, while training hundreds of students in plant propagation, permaculture and other related subjects. Edible Landscapes London is a not-for-profit community education project. We specialise in forest gardening – a food growing design system that mimics natural ecosystems, involving a variety of perennial plants and trees. Our volunteer sessions help Londoners learn to grow more of their own food, and propagate plants to give away to local projects. We are proud to say that we developed the first ever accredited forest gardening course in the UK, and continue to run a variety of community workshops on related subjects. Our garden contains over 200 species of low-maintenance, edible or useful perennials, which are arranged in guilds to mimic natural ecosystems. Our aim is to provide accessible education around permaculture and forest gardens. We do this while working with the local community to create more biodiverse, edible landscapes – healthier habitats for wildlife and people. Our garden in Finsbury Park provides a space within nature to come together and share ideas. We feel planting forest gardens serves to empower our communities, offering a direct response to issues such as climate change at a grassroots level.
Le Jardin botanique de Montréal est situé dans le spacieux parc Maisonneuve de la ville, formant une grande partie du quartier des musées Espace pour la vie. Le jardin lui-même contient dix serres et 30 jardins thématiques, et est une plaque tournante pour les amoureux des plantes et les experts pour se réunir et se mettre la main verte. Il a également abrité des sculptures végétales géantes et trippantes en forme d'animaux, dans le cadre de l'exposition « Mosaïculture » du festival de Montréal. Mange ton cœur, Edward aux mains d'argent. On its 75 hectares, the Montreal Botanical Garden presents visitors with a remarkable diversity of plants, all year round. Explore its beauty through the twenty thematic gardens and the 10 exhibition greenhouses. Montreal Botanical Garden is based in the city’s spacious Maisonneuve Park, forming a large part of the Space For Life museum district. The garden itself contains ten greenhouses and 30 thematic gardens, and is a hub for plant lovers and experts to come together and get green-fingered. It’s also been home to giant, trippy plant sculptures shaped like animals, as part of the ‘Mosaiculture’ exhibition of Montreal festival. Eat your heart out, Edward Scissorhands.
The idea of a national garden in Singapore started in 1822 when Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore and a keen naturalist, developed the first ‘Botanical and Experimental Garden’ at Fort Canning. It was only in 1859 that the Gardens at its present site was founded and laid out in the English Landscape Movement’s style by an Agri-Horticultural society. The Gardens was soon handed over to the British colonial government (in 1874) and a series of Kew-trained botanists saw the Gardens blossom into an important botanical institute over the following decades. Today, the Gardens is managed by the National Parks Board, a statutory board of the Singapore government. In the early years, the Gardens played an important role in fostering agricultural development in Singapore and the region through collecting, growing, experimenting and distributing potentially useful plants. One of the earliest and most important successes was the introduction, experimentation and promotion of Para Rubber, Hevea brasiliensis. This became a major crop that brought great prosperity to the South East Asian region in the early 20th century. From 1928, the Gardens spearheaded orchid breeding and started its orchid hybridisation programme, facilitated by new in vitro techniques pioneered in its laboratories. In contemporary times, the Gardens also played a key role in Singapore’s Garden City programme through the continual introduction of plants of horticultural and botanical interest. Established in 1859, the 82-hectare Gardens holds a unique and significant place in the history of Singapore and the region. Through the botanical and horticultural work carried out today, it will continue to play an important role as a leading tropical botanical institute, and an endearing place to all Singaporeans. The Gardens has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) on 4 July 2015. The Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It is the first in Asia and the third botanic gardens inscribed in the world following Orto botanico di Padova and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Since 1673 Chelsea Physic Garden has occupied four acres of land on the edge of the Thames. First established by the Apothecaries in order to grow medicinal plants, this extraordinary garden in London has had wide reaching impact around the world. The Garden’s location feels special and secret. It is nestled behind walls and positioned close to the River Thames. The ideal Thames location is no accident as back in 1673 the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries chose their Chelsea village site for its proximity to the river to make the most of its warm air currents. It gave them a base to moor their barge, allowing them to conduct plant finding expeditions in surrounding areas and to teach their apprentices to identify plants, those that might cure and those that might kill! The site is also blessed with a south facing aspect and good quality warm light soil, having previously been the site of a market garden. The River access allowed plants arriving from around the world to be introduced to the British Isles via the Garden, allowing the Garden to make a big impact from early on. Its international reputation was established quickly as a result of the global seed exchange scheme, known as Index Seminum, which it initiated in the 1700s and continues to this day. The Garden’s unique microclimate and location has allowed many of our gardeners throughout our history to grow plants not frequently found outside in the UK, including the UK’s largest fruiting olive tree. In 1976 the head gardener collected a record crop of 7lb of ripe olives, which is a London crop record! Chelsea is no longer a village but the Garden’s location still feels special and has been a huge factor in its success to this day. The Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s oldest botanic garden and contains a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful and medicinal plants that have changed the world.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch has sheltered, and provided water and food for many peoples over the millennia. The presence of Stone Age man is indicated by hand-axes and stone implements found in the Dell. By the time the Europeans first sailed around the Cape in the late 1400s, the Khoikhoi people were using this land and had been here for about 2000 years. Two clans lived on the Cape Peninsula, the Gorachouqua and the Goringhaiqua. They grazed their cattle in Table Valley in early summer, travelled to the Hout Bay area in midsummer and crossed the Cape Flats to the Boland during winter. In April 1652 Jan Van Riebeeck, acting for the Dutch East India Company, arrived at the Cape to set up a refreshment station for passing ships. The settlement soon spread to our side of TableMountain in search of timber and farmland. On 27 October 1657 a stretch of forest that included Kirstenbosch was granted to Leendert Cornelissen, a free carpenter and sawyer. At that time, this land was known as Leendertsbos. Cornelissen was responsible for protecting the forest from indiscriminate hacking for firewood in order to provide a steady supply of wood for the settlement. The settlement lay in the path of traditional Khoikhoi grazing routes and open conflict broke out between the Khoikhoi and the settlers during 1659-60. Kirstenbosch lay on the frontier and Cornelissen and his men were involved in a skirmish with a group of Khoikhoi people in the forest in May 1659. Jan Van Riebeeck decided that a defensive barrier was required to protect the settlement. In 1659 they started building a wooden fence, with watchtowers, from the mouth of the Salt River through Rondebosch to Kirstenbosch, using the deeper sections of the Liesbeeck River as part of the barrier. But the fence was expensive, and slow-going. In 1660 Van Riebeeck ploughed up and planted the remaining section between the river and Kirstenbosch with a hedge of Wild Almond trees (Brabejum stellatifolium) and thorny brambles. Sections of Van Riebeeck’s Hedge still survive in Kirstenbosch. By 1661 Leendert Cornelissen was discharged from his office as a Burgher Councillor for brawling, fighting and swearing, and little is heard of him after 1672 when Leendertsbos reverted to the Company. During the time that the forests were being harvested, the woodcutters made tracks through the forest where timber was hauled out, some of them are still in use as footpaths or access roads. All that remains of the woodcutter’s house is a few piles of stones and a line of stones across the Stinkwood Trail.
In età romana, accanto alle acque che sgorgavano dai monti Lepini, fu costruito un piccolo tempio dedicato alle Ninfe, divinità dei boschi e delle acque: da esse prese il nome il fiume che attraversa Ninfa. La ricchezza di acque agevolò un insediamento che divenne potente in quanto controllava l'unica via pedemontana che, dopo l'impaludamento dell'Appia, portava da Velletri a Terracina. Nacque Ninfa che nel 1297 fu acquistata da Pietro II conte di Caserta, su mandato di Papa Bonifacio VIII, Benedetto Caetani. Nel 1382 Ninfa fu assalita, saccheggiata e abbandonata. Il lungo abbandono durò fino ai primi due decenni del Novecento, quando i Caetani iniziarono a restaurare i primi edifici, a scavare il letto del fiume, a piantare alberi, avviando l'odierno giardino che poi crebbe sotto le cure di tre donne: Ada Bootle Wilbraham, inglese, la cognata Marguerite Chapin, americana, e la nipote Lelia. Nel 1977 con la morte di Lelia, alla Fondazione Roffredo Caetani fu affidato il compito di perpetuare la bellezza di questo luogo. Nymphs, divinities of the woods and waters: the river that crosses Ninfa took its name from them. The wealth of water facilitated a settlement that became powerful as it controlled the only piedmont road that, after the swamping of the Appia, led from Velletri to Terracina. Ninfa was born which in 1297 was bought by Peter II, Count of Caserta, on the mandate of Pope Boniface VIII, Benedetto Caetani. In 1382 Ninfa was attacked, sacked and abandoned. The long abandonment lasted until the first two decades of the twentieth century, when the Caetanis began to restore the first buildings, to dig the river bed, to plant trees, starting the current garden which then grew under the care of three women: Ada Bootle Wilbraham, English, her sister-in-law Marguerite Chapin, American, and her niece Lelia. In 1977 with Lelia's death, the Roffredo Caetani Foundation was entrusted with the task of perpetuating the beauty of this place.
Solo nel 1852, quando Evelina van Millingen giunge a Vescovana, inizia la trasformazione del giardino. È lei a risollevare lo stato di abbandono e a creare l’aura di aristocratica informalità della “Fattoria del Doge”, dando inizio alla realizzazione del suo “Crispin de Passe”. Cosi chiamò il suo giardino in onore del famoso botanico fiammingo Crispin van de Passe (1600). Il giardino di Villa Pisani manifesta in ogni suo elemento le tre anime di Evelina, dovute, una all’educazione discendente dalla sua famiglia di origine (inglese e fiamminga), una al suo paese di adozione da sposa, e una al suo forte legame con la Turchia e alla cultura islamica. La forte radice inglese, che si esprime nel gusto vittoriano mitigato dal rispetto per la secolare storia dei Pisani, si salda con la tradizione del giardino all’italiana e diviene un armonioso incontro tra un impianto fortemente architettonico e la naturalità del parco circostante. Ma nel giardino sono evidenti i segni che evocano il giardino islamico, come la fontana che sorge al centro dei quattro viali che rappresentano i quattro elementi che governano la vita, l’aria, la terra, l’acqua e il fuoco. Come la presenza dei pavoni di pietra, che sono nella tradizione dei sultani, i custodi della casa, e delle bulbose, specialmente dei tulipani, i fiori di Allah. Intorno alla metà del 1800 si era affermato, soprattutto in Toscana, il gusto per l’Italianate garden filtrato del gusto Vittoriano. Nel Veneto Asburgico questa tendenza non aveva trovato riscontro se non a Vescovana, dove la proprietaria colta e cosmopolita che poteva vantare tra i suoi ospiti i Principi del Galles, realizzò questo particolare impianto con vasi, statue e fontane, fino a farlo diventare un “unicum” di questa tipologia di giardino. Siepe di tassi topiati in forma di solidi divide “l’immediate garden” dalla prateria e dal parco che è percorso da un viale perimetrale con diramazioni lungo le quali si incontrano in successione: la ghiacciaia naturale, la fontana dedicata alla Symonds, il giardino roccioso (la Mockery), le false rovine (“Tempio di Baal e mura di Gerico”), la Cappella di Famiglia, importante ed unico esempio di stile neogotico elisabettiano realizzata nel 1860 dallo scultore Antonio Gradenigo (scultore per Jappelli nel Caffè Pedrocchi a Padova) su progetto di Pietro Selvatico Estense, il Teatro dell’800 e il Tempietto dedicato a Sant’Antonio. Ma il capolavoro di questo splendido progetto è la grande quantità e varietà di piante secolari e monumentali, anche non autoctone, le cui dimensioni e chiome fanno di ciascuno un esemplare, unico oltre che storico. E’ un percorso affascinante, in cui ciascuna pianta dispensa le emozioni più intense: superbe e generose sovrane, esse riconducono al mistero della natura che immobile e viva governa sopra ogni inquietudine e infondono quiete nel gioco di ombre e luci, oscurità e bagliori. Giardino e Parco di Villa Pisani sono la testimonianza della personalità e della fascinazione umana di Evelina Pisani così forte da sentirla ancora presente. Only in 1852, when Evelina van Millingen arrived in Vescovana, did the transformation of the garden begin. It is she who revives the state of abandonment and creates the aura of aristocratic informality of the “Fattoria del Doge”, starting the creation of her “Crispin de Passe”. This is how he named his garden in honor of the famous Flemish botanist Crispin van de Passe (1600). The garden of Villa Pisani manifests in all its elements the three souls of Evelina, due, one to the education descending from her family of origin (English and Flemish), one to her country of adoption as a bride, and one to her strong bond with Turkey and Islamic culture. The strong English root, which is expressed in the Victorian taste mitigated by respect for the centuries-old history of the Pisans, merges with the tradition of the Italian garden and becomes a harmonious encounter between a strongly architectural structure and the naturalness of the surrounding park. But in the garden the signs that evoke the Islamic garden are evident, such as the fountain that rises in the center of the four avenues that represent the four elements that govern life, air, earth, water and fire. Like the presence of the stone peacocks. Around the mid-1800s, especially in Tuscany, the taste for the filtered Italianate garden of the Victorian taste was established. In the Hapsburg Veneto this trend had not found confirmation except in Vescovana, where the cultured and cosmopolitan owner who could boast the Princes of Wales among her guests, created this particular plant with vases, statues and fountains, until it became a "unicum "Of this type of garden. A hedge of topiated yews in the form of solids divides the "immediate garden" from the prairie and the park which is crossed by a perimeter avenue with branches along which they meet in succession: the natural icebox, the fountain dedicated to Symonds, the rock garden (the Mockery), the false ruins ("Temple of Baal and walls of Jericho"), the Family Chapel, an important and unique example of Elizabethan neo-Gothic style created in 1860 by the sculptor Antonio Gradenigo (sculptor for Jappelli in the Caffè Pedrocchi in Padua) on a project by Pietro Selvatico Estense, the 19th century Theater and the Tempietto dedicated to Sant'Antonio. But the masterpiece of this splendid project is the large quantity and variety of centuries-old and monumental plants, even non-native ones, whose dimensions and foliage make each one unique, as well as historical. It is a fascinating journey, in which each plant dispenses the most intense emotions: superb and generous sovereigns, they lead back to the mystery of the still and living nature that rules over all restlessness and instill calm in the play of shadows and lights, darkness and glow. Garden and Park of Villa Pisani are the testimony of Evelina Pisani's personality and human fascination so strong that she still feels present.
Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta, villa di delizie in cui arte, storia e divertimento lasciano il visitatore incantato da tanta bellezza per la varietà di mosaici, statue, affreschi, fontane e giochi d’acqua. Fu il Conte Pirro I Visconti Borromeo – intorno al 1585 – a ideare il complesso ispirandosi alle ville medicee toscane e a trasformare la proprietà di Lainate in un luogo unico, grazie anche alle maestranze d’eccezione quali l’architetto Martino Bassi, gli scultori Francesco Brambilla il Giovane e Marco Antonio Prestinari, i pittori Camillo Procaccini e Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone, Agostino Lodola e Giovanni Battista Maestri, detto il Volpino. Il Conte fece realizzare i giardini e costruire il Palazzo delle Acque, più comunemente conosciuto come Ninfeo. La residenza diventò teatro di grandiose feste e ricevimenti, ma anche importante luogo di incontro per artisti e intellettuali . Il Ninfeo è luogo di grandissima suggestione e – proprio per la ricchezza di decorazioni e di spettacoli idraulici – è considerato l’esempio più importante e significativo del genere, soprattutto perché - cosa assai rara - funziona, oggi, esattamente come allora, grazie a sofisticati meccanismi idraulici governati da abili fontanieri. Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta, a villa of delights where art, history and entertainment leave the visitor enchanted by so much beauty for the variety of mosaics, statues, frescoes, fountains and water features. It was Count Pirro I Visconti Borromeo - around 1585 - who designed the complex inspired by the Tuscan Medici villas and transformed the Lainate property into a unique place, thanks also to the exceptional workers such as the architect Martino Bassi, the sculptors Francesco Brambilla the Younger and Marco Antonio Prestinari, the painters Camillo Procaccini and Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli known as Morazzone, Agostino Lodola and Giovanni Battista Maestri, known as Volpino. The Count had the gardens built and the Palazzo delle Acque built, more commonly known as the Nymphaeum. The residence became the scene of grandiose parties and receptions, but also an important meeting place for artists and intellectuals. The Nymphaeum is a very suggestive place and - precisely due to the richness of decorations and hydraulic shows - is considered the most important and significant example of the genre, above all because - which is very rare - it works today, exactly as it did then, thanks to sophisticated hydraulic mechanisms governed by skilled fountains.
Villa Carlotta conserva e valorizza un patrimonio storico-artistico e botanico unico sul Lago di Como e lo offre come realtà da vivere per tutto il territorio. Costruita alla fine del Seicento dai marchesi Clerici di Milano, la Villa racconta oltre trecento anni di grande collezionismo e ogni anno apre le porte di un affascinante giardino botanico a migliaia di visitatori da tutto il mondo. LA NOSTRA MISSION: Conservare e valorizzare con competenza il patrimonio storico-artistico e botanico di Villa Carlotta. Vogliamo accogliere ed emozionare ogni ospite attraverso un’esperienza di qualità, unica e personalizzabile nello scenario del Lago di Como. Villa Carlotta è una realtà da vivere per tutto il territorio. Villa Carlotta preserves and enhances a unique historical-artistic and botanical heritage on Lake Como and offers it as a reality to be experienced for the whole territory. Built at the end of the seventeenth century by the Marquis Clerici of Milan, the Villa recounts over three hundred years of great collecting and every year opens the doors of a fascinating botanical garden to thousands of visitors from all over the world. OUR MISSION: Competently preserve and enhance the historical, artistic and botanical heritage of Villa Carlotta. We want to welcome and excite every guest through a quality, unique and customizable experience in the scenery of Lake Como. Villa Carlotta is a reality to be experienced for the whole territory.
“Un bel giardino non ha bisogno di essere grande, ma deve essere la realizzazione del vostro sogno anche se è largo un paio di metri quadrati e si trova su un balcone”. Così spiegava il Capitano Neil Mc Eacharn a cui dobbiamo la nascita di questi meravigliosi giardini. Tra le piante presenti alcune delle quali uniche in Europa ed acclimatate dopo lungo lavoro, sono state disposte con senso d’arte in una cornice di bellezza, fra lago e monti. Nel lontano 1931, infatti, il Capitano Scozzese decise di acquistare la proprietà dalla Marchesa di Sant’Elia per trasformarla in un esemplare giardino all’inglese, ubicato in un lembo d' Italia che, pur con maggior morbidezza e ricchezza di toni, poteva ricordargli la nativa Scozia. Quest’opera doveva conciliare due esigenze fondamentali: estetiche e botaniche. Esigenze botaniche, in quanto le varie vegetazioni dovevano trovare condizioni di terreno e di clima il più possibile ideali. Le tappe della creazione dei nuovi giardini videro diverse fasi lavorative, sino alla loro ultimazione nel 1940. Molte migliaia di piante, importate da ogni parte del mondo costituiscono collezioni rarissime. Tra le opere più significative possiamo nominare: la “Valletta”, realizzata dopo imponenti lavori di scavo; l’impianto d’irrigazione, la cui acqua viene pompata direttamente dal lago in un capace serbatoio e quindi irradiata in ogni angolo della proprietà; i “Giardini terrazzati”, con le loro cascatelle, piscina, vasche per ninfee e fior di loto; il “Giardino d’inverno” ed il “Giardino palustre”; fontane ornamentali e giochi d’acqua. Realizzato così il “suo” giardino, che chiamò Villa Taranto, in memoria di un suo antenato, il Maresciallo McDonald, nominato Duca di Taranto da Napoleone, il Capitano volle che il significato dell’opera gentile e poderosa venisse proiettato nel tempo e, con un esempio di squisita generosità, donò la proprietà allo Stato Italiano esprimendo il desiderio che la sua opera avesse continuità nel futuro. Oggi il patrimonio botanico dei Giardini di Villa Taranto è vastissimo: comprende circa 1.000 piante non autoctone e circa 20.000 varietà e specie di particolare valenza botanica. La Villa non è visitabile, in quanto è adibita a sede della Prefettura della nuova Provincia del Verbano - Cusio - Ossola. Dal 1952 i Giardini sono aperti al pubblico, da Aprile ad Ottobre, e l’afflusso dei visitatori supera ormai le 150.000 unità per anno. Dall’Australia, dalle Americhe, dall’Europa, da ogni parte, numerosi gruppi di studiosi e di appassionati, raggiungono Villa Taranto, attirati dall’interessante raccolta botanica, dalla perfetta organizzazione e dalla cortesissima ospitalità. Al Cap. Neil Mc Eacharn, morto il 18 aprile 1964, e le cui spoglie mortali riposano ora - unitamente a quelle della famiglia del suo Amministratore dott. Antonio Cappelletto - in una Cappella - Mausoleo appositamente costruita nei giardini, è subentrato, nell’onerosa opera di manutenzione del compendio, l’Ente Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto “Cap. Neil Mc Eacharn”, col preciso scopo di conservare all’Italia e a tutto il mondo questo impareggiabile gioiello di botanica e di bellezze naturali. Visitando i Giardini, ognuno ritroverà intimi scenari e figurazioni di fantasia celate in trasparenze d’acqua, o nelle distese dei misteriosi fiori, sacri alla mitologia egizia. Dalla romantica Valletta alla distesa delle Eriche, dalle serre con la “Victoria cruziana” ai viali di Azalee, Aceri, Rododendri e Camelie, dai giardini delle Dalie, con oltre 300 varietà, ai mille colori delle fioriture autunnali, sullo sfondo dei Giardini all’Italiana, o nel dorato velario autunnale, VILLA TARANTO ci regala altrettante indimenticabili immagini della sua sempre rinnovata bellezza. "A beautiful garden does not need to be large, but it must be the realization of your dream even if it is a couple of square meters wide and is located on a balcony". Thus explained Captain Neil Mc Eacharn to whom we owe the birth of these wonderful gardens. Among the plants present, some of which are unique in Europe and acclimatized after long work, have been arranged with a sense of art in a setting of beauty, between lake and mountains. In fact, back in 1931, the Scottish Captain decided to buy the property from the Marquise of Sant'Elia to transform it into an exemplary English garden, located in a strip of Italy which, albeit with greater softness and richness of tones, could remind him the native Scotland. This work had to reconcile two fundamental needs: aesthetic and botanical. Botanical needs, as the various vegetation had to find soil and climate conditions as ideal as possible. The stages of the creation of the new gardens saw different work phases, until their completion in 1940. Many thousands of plants imported from all over the world make up very rare collections. Among the most significant works we can name: the "Valletta", built after massive excavation works; the irrigation system, whose water is pumped directly from the lake into a large reservoir and then radiated to every corner of the property; the “terraced gardens”, with their waterfalls, swimming pools, pools for water lilies and lotus flowers; the "Winter Garden" and the "Marsh Garden"; ornamental fountains and water features. Thus created "his" garden, which he called Villa Taranto, in memory of his ancestor, Marshal McDonald, appointed Duke of Taranto by Napoleon, the Captain wanted the meaning of the gentle and powerful work to be projected over time and, with an example of exquisite generosity, Today the botanical heritage of the Gardens of Villa Taranto is vast: it includes about 1,000 non-native plants and about 20,000 varieties and species of particular botanical value. The Villa cannot be visited, as it is used as the seat of the Prefecture of the new Province of Verbano - Cusio - Ossola. Since 1952 the Gardens have been open to the public, from April to October, and the influx of visitors now exceeds 150,000 units per year. From Australia, the Americas, Europe, from all over, numerous groups of scholars and enthusiasts reach Villa Taranto, attracted by the interesting botanical collection, by the perfect organization and by the very courteous hospitality. To Cap. Neil Mc Eacharn, who died on April 18, 1964, and whose mortal remains now rest - together with those of the family of his Administrator Dr. Antonio Cappelletto - in a chapel - Mausoleum purposely built in the gardens, the onerous maintenance work of the compendium took over the Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens Authority “Cap. Neil Mc Eacharn ”, with the specific aim of preserving this incomparable jewel of botany and natural beauty for Italy and the whole world. Visiting the Gardens, everyone will find intimate scenarios and fantasy figures hidden in transparencies of water, or in the expanses of mysterious flowers, sacred to Egyptian mythology. From the romantic Valletta to the expanse of heather, from the greenhouses with the "Victoria cruziana" to the avenues of Azaleas, Maples, Rhododendrons and Camellias, from the gardens of the Dahlias, with over 300 varieties, to the thousand colors of autumn blooms, against the backdrop of the Italian, or in the golden autumn veil, VILLA TARANTO gives us as many unforgettable images of its ever-renewed beauty.
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Established in 2006, Urban Harvest is South Africa’s pioneer edible garden service. We have installed and maintained over 350 unique, beautiful and highly productive food gardens which provide healthy food and beautiful spaces to people from all walks of life. We are invested in every garden we grow, taking care to design and create beautiful spaces and only use the highest quality resources. Through careful attention to detail, and ongoing communication, our dedicated team will ensure you are happy with your garden’s progress, and will always greet you with a smile. Ben Getz, Founder, believes that by working with people and nature to create an abundance of healthy, organic and locally grown food in our communities, we can reawaken traditional values, a deeper reverence for the earth and practically reestablish a healthier balance in our lives.
Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and I am currently living in South Africa at Cape Town for seven years. I am single from now and busy shaping my programming skills and IT knowledge at Cape Peninsula university of technology (CPUT). I am a software developer, I am always keen to discover and learn about new technology and invention in IT world, I have a good understanding of programming languages, internet cloud services and Desktop support CompTIA A+. I am a self-motivated person, reliable, determined, very skilful in communication, fast learner with an open mind to expose myself into new world and concept. Live is a journey about challenges and discovering that’s why I am always ready to face new challenge in technology and software world. I really like to play guitar and read books about science and others because knowledge for me is one of the keys to open doors, make a difference and discovering new area in live.
I have a love for the outdoors, the sea, and try to spend time as much time as possible partaking in activities in these environments. It is all about balance. From a corporate perspective I have extensive experience in management from the various industries I have been involved in namely:- Military - submarine branch Manufacturing Technical training Advertising ICT Lottery & Gaming Industry Automotive industry Drone Industry (UAV) Steel Fabrication Industry I have now reached a stage in my career where it is becoming more important to coach and mentor individuals, a key outcome of my time in Zambia. I am a very practical and technical person and pay particular attention to detail. I believe relationships are currency and have to be built on a foundation of honesty and trust. I am a very healthy and motivated individual. My major corporate achievements have been the implementation and setup of the 1st and current South African National Lotteries and my most recent achievement has been the setup of a Scratch Card Lottery in Zambia. One is never too old to experience and learn new things, I have now entered the digital arena, this is certainly exiting and the way forward.
I am a young vibrant lady full of energy and emotions. Born and raised in Kinshasa, DR Congo in a family of 5 children. I am the 3rd. I have studied nursing, I worked for few years as a nurse then I have changed professions and followed the path of customer service. My love for meeting new people and helping people resolve their issues has brought me there. I love challenges and I am not afraid to face one. I always say to myself "Your body is ready, I just need to set up your mind". I am married to an Amazing man, Mirand, since 2018, and together we have an adorable energetic 2 years old Girl Ryleigh. I love cooking, entertainment and traveling. I spend a lot of time on TV and social media. I have a YouTube channel about food and live style : Lady Mag. I am a big fan of movies and stand-up comedies. I am more of a family person, I love my family members and keep each one of them dearly in my heart. I am a spiritual person, I believe in Jesus Christ. I love kids, I have been in service of the Kids Ministry in church since 2007. I enjoy being around Kids and teaching them about life and spirituality. I am an open person, always ready to hear more and learn more. Oh and... I talk a lot! I enjoy talking.
My name is Noxolo Femele and I'm 42 years old and I have 2 kids both are girls age 17 and 13 years of age. I worked for 43 Air School as a Receptionist for the past 5 year and while I was there I used to help out at the Admin area and at Marketing department, and that had lead me on having the ambition to become 1 of the Managers but unfortunately we got retrenched. Then I went and work at Lendcor group as a Sales consultant for 1 year 6 months same we got retrenched. That's where I decided to start my small business just to put food on the table until now but things are not doing well due to Covid-19.
In periodi bui penso che solo la natura con il risveglio della primavera possa indicare la strada per un nuovo inizio. In questa ottica nasce Webgarden. L’idea è quella di consentire a tutti di visitare virtualmente i meravigliosi giardini d’Italia. Il successo che ha avuto Web Garden mi ha stimolata ad ampliare la sua visione. Ambisco ad un progetto culturale volto ad approfondire il legame tra natura e arte: un viaggio senza tempo tra luci, colori e fragranze. Desidero esplorare non solo l’arte dei giardini ma anche l’arte nei giardini, l’armonica fusione di splendidi contesti naturali, non sempre accessibili a tutti, con le opere di artisti, crea infatti un dialogo ricco e culturalmente intenso. Per tale ragione vorrei organizzare mostre di autori italiani e stranieri, eventi dal vivo nelle varie espressioni artistiche, in giardini dalle cornici magiche e che ispirino emozioni e creatività ai maestri con i quali entrano in contatto, in modo da realizzare uno splendido connubio. Web Garden ha anche l’obiettivo di diventare con il tempo un magazine online di riferimento culturale, per fare conoscere il prezioso intreccio dell’arte della natura con l’arte dell’uomo che ne subisce il fascino. In dark times I think that only nature with the awakening of spring can show the way to a new beginning. With this in mind, Web Garden was born. The idea is to allow everyone to virtually visit the wonderful gardens of Italy. Web Garden is a cultural project aimed at deepening the link between nature and art. I aspire to a cultural project aimed at deepening the link between nature and art: a timeless journey between lights, colors and fragrances. Web Garden wishes to explore not only the art of gardens but also the art of gardens, the harmonious fusion of splendid natural contexts, not always accessible to all, with the works of artists, in fact creates a rich and culturally intense dialogue. For this reason I would like to organize exhibitions of Italian and foreign authors, live events in various artistic expressions, in gardens with magical frames that inspire emotions and creativity to the masters with whom they come into contact, in order to create a splendid combination. Web Garden also aims to become an online magazine of cultural reference over time, to make known the precious intertwining of the art of nature with the art of man who is fascinated by it. Web Garden would like to propose monthly food for thought and both naturalistic and artistic insights with an open breath to the world. This project also wants to involve young people in order to bring them closer to the beauty of Nature: I would like that through educational paths the children really understand how wonderful they are already surrounded, and that they become aware of the treasures they already possess to the point of being then stimulated to take them. treatment. Therefore I imagine a path that involves them through every school age, with exhibitions and projects that engage children and young people of all ages and lead them to interact both with nature and with the artists who are inspired by it.
I am a God fearing individual, and I’m also a father to two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl. I worked for Tekkie Town as a Sales Assistant and I was chosen as the best Sales person for the entire Mpumalanga province. I also worked for the Department of agriculture as a Data capture. I have a passion for sports, football is one of my favourites and one day I wish I can own a soccer team. While I was in high school, I always wanted to be a lawyer but due to financial constraints I could not become one. My interest in the justice system came when I realised that the late former president Mr Nelson Mandela was also a lawyer representing his people. I wish one day I could give back to my community and its people because my community gave us the likes of the late Steve Bantu Biko, one of the BCM Members who fought for the people of South Africa. My community is one of the underdeveloped communities of this country, but I know that one day all of this will change because I know that with education anything is possible. When a child is educated communities will change for the better and if one community changes, then our country will change for the better as well and poverty will be no more. Education topped with one’s perseverance is the key to a bright future for all. With this pandemic people have lost their jobs and in some households you find that no one is working and people resort to drugs and alcohol, some get depressed to a point of taking their own lives. If we can start developing jobs for people, our continent would become a better place for us all. Being part of an initiative that supports the empowerment of those less privileged is one of my greatest wishes. I will be glad if all my wishes do come through because nothing is as important as education and hard work, and an educated country means a better world for us all.
I am Elnet Girly Ndlovu. I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in Mpumalanga, South Africa. I graduated from high school in the year 2012 and am currently studying for a higher certificate in economics and management sciences through the university of South Africa. I have also obtained a certificate in business administration and Computer literacy of which I seek to study further to do entrepreneurship. I began my career as a customer service representative in 2014. Naturally, I have a growth mindset that enables me to grow and to help me by learning from mistakes to improve myself continually. I am kind, loving, caring and a person who is full of empathy often. I am a go-getter, positive, bubbly person who loves a positive fun filled environment. I am self-motivated and also enjoy motivating my team members. I work well in a team or individually. I am passionate about education, uplifting others, entrepreneurship and making a better society for the future generation to come while walking the journey of self-discovery I have more than four years experience in customer service and administration combined with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Administrative Assistance, Meeting Scheduling, Executive Support. I have excellent interpersonal skills, I am also a fast learner and adapt quickly to a new environment My hobbies are reading books, listening to music, walking and learning new things.
My name is Glorymar Hernandez, but I prefer to be called “Glory”. I was born in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, and grew up amid the crowds of the city, the tranquility of the Andean mountains and the joy of the Caribbean coast. A mixture that has taught me to enjoy wherever I am, that aroused my curiosity to know the world, and that has helped me to adapt, with relative ease, to changes. I have a degree in Philosophy, my research works are in Philosophy of Language. Since 2019 I have been working as a Spanish teacher. I decided to start teaching my mother tongue thanks to my experience learning other languages. I had the opportunity to live for a year in Ireland, where I went to learn English and, currently, I am in Italy, where I have had the opportunity to learn Italian. These experiences allowed me to realize that, although seeking perfection when trying to “speak like a native” is the ideal, what really matters is being able to communicate, make ourselves understood and be open to the experience of knowing other cultures and understand that there are many different points of view. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work in different contexts such as banking, outsourcing consular procedures, and teaching at university level. The biggest lesson I learned from these experiences is that I am not an office person. I prefer to own my time and have the freedom to work wherever I am. For this reason, I have decided to dedicate myself to teaching Spanish online and to enter the digital world. I consider myself a very curious and versatile person, that is why in my free time I enjoy handcrafting (such as sewing or knitting), volunteering, being in contact with nature, and trying to learn new things, like playing the guitar. Regarding my geographical preferences, the beach and the mountains are my main refuges, because I can escape from the noise of the city and connect with myself. That is why I would like to be able to live with my husband on a mountain, not far from the sea.
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio
Ivana Zanella, a land-lady for all her life, is an incredible, strong and smiling woman. Her family is from the island of Sant'Erasmo, and she's lived there since she was born. She inherited her father's farm in an astounding position, surrounded by the water of the lagoon of Venice. She grows vegetables, flowers, the famous purple artichokes and fruits. She is very much loved by everyone on the island and shares her precious secrets for growing such beautiful gardens.
L'orto di Elena Bermond si trova a 1700 metri, in Val di Susa su un monte sempre esposto al sole. Possiamo dire che Elena sia figlia d'arte, la sua famiglia ha tramandato il duro lavoro dei monti e tutte le attenzioni piene di saggezza che si devono alla natura affinchè produca per noi il sostentamento e il surplus. Elena gestisce l'Agriturismo e si occupa dell'orto e dei fiori coloratissimi appesi alle finestre dlle loro baite di montagna. Durante l'estate fuori dal casottino dove tiene le verdure appena raccolte, c'è sempre la coda, una coda gentile perchè le persone sono attorniate dai fiori dei vasi e perchè nel frattempo può ammirare la vista e le galline che razzolano libere nel prato. E' un duro lavoro quello dell'orto, ma i risultati sono eccellenti. Le verdure saporitissime durano a lungo. Le patate di montagna sono speciali e chi abita in città se ne porta via sacconi di 10 o 20 kg per l'inverno. Molti prodotti vanno all'agriturismo dove si consumano anche i formaggi, il burro, lo yogurt ed il latte di suo fratello Daniele che si occupa degli animali. Elena Bermond's vegetable garden is located at 1700 meters, in Val di Susa on a mountain that is always exposed to the sun. We can say that Elena is a daughter of art, her family has handed down the hard work of the mountains and all the attentions full of wisdom that are due to nature so that it can produce sustenance and surplus for us. Elena manages the Agriturismo and takes care of the vegetable garden and the colorful flowers hanging from the windows of their mountain huts. During the summer outside the shed where she keeps the freshly picked vegetables, there is always a queue, a gentle queue because people are surrounded by the flowers of the pots and because in the meantime she can admire the view and the hens scratching free in the meadow. Gardening is hard work, but the results are excellent. Tasty vegetables last a long time. Mountain potatoes are special and those who live in the city takes away big bags of 10 or 20 kg for the winter. Many products go to the farm where the cheeses, butter, yogurt and milk of his brother Daniele who takes care of the animals are also consumed.
I’m Toni-Leigh, born and bred in the Mother City of Cape Town. My fiancé and I, are parents to a lively 2-year-old girl who arrived 5 years after losing our 3-year-old son to a rare genetic disease. I love learning new things. Growing up, I was a voracious reader, reading anything and everything (even the classifieds and property ads) and with the advancement of technology over the years, I can have information at the tip of my fingers, so I’m always eager to learn new things and I’m a fast learner. I’ve always had an interest in Information Technology and was the go-to person in my office before my colleagues would go to the IT office, and now I’m looking into further studies so that I can develop my knowledge and skills. In 2005, I graduated from Varsity College with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism with aspirations of travelling worldwide in my profession. Things didn’t quite work out that way, having worked in retail and a company assisting young people to live and work in the UK. In the last decade or so, I’ve been in the tourism industry behind the scenes, working for an online holiday accommodation booking agency and more recently a company that does tours and safaris in Southern Africa. I also do freelance work remotely, such as, captioning for a speech-to-text service and social media evaluation. I am an introvert but enjoy working with and being in the company of others, while also enjoying being on my own. In the past I used to view being an introvert as a weakness because those higher up in the ranks of the companies I worked for were extroverted but in recent times I realised how much of a strength it is being an introvert as I also have a strong sense of empathy, which I believe is key in Customer Service and building interpersonal relationships with colleagues and clients. I’m passionate about customer service and going the extra mile and l love that feeling of knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s day, whether big or small. People tend to describe me as hardworking, punctual, efficient, dependable and trustworthy. Covid-19 affected the tourism industry drastically, however, I still want to travel anywhere I can, just soaking up the different cultures and experiences. The last year has been both challenging and rewarding and it has made me see things in a different light and so it has been somewhat of a new beginning for me. I am motivated now more than ever to seek out new passions and adventures and to get out of my comfort zone.
Wamkelekile (‘Welcome’ in isiXhosa) to one and all! My name is Iman Martin – ‘Iman’ having both Arabic and African meanings for ‘faith’. Just like my name, I come from a multicultural background: my mom has Indian and Malaysian origins, while my dad is from the Griqua people/clan in South Africa. In the same vein, I am a Muslim and have Christian relatives, with who I am very close. It is because of my diverse background that I feel I was raised to be both tolerant and respectful towards those that are of a different culture, religion, or ethnicity. Cape Town has been the only home I know, and I’ve never ventured far out of it. I do however envision myself travelling to different parts of the world a few years from now. I am passionate about women’s empowerment and women having the choice to choose for themselves! I have recently graduated from the University of Cape Town, with a Bachelor of Social Work (Psychology Major) and placed on the Dean’s Merit List, awarded for consistent academic achievement. Through hard work and perseverance, I was fortunate to have received a scholarship from the Department of Social Development for three of my four years of study. My mini-thesis explored the experiences and challenges of 1st-year students at UCT adjusting to university. Studying social work has not only allowed me to better understand those around me and their thought processes but also, to better understand myself and the possible reasons why I am the way I am. As part of my course requirements, I had to complete field practicals – by putting the theory that I was learning in class to practice in a real-world environment. My field practice experience ranged along a spectrum: from providing social work services to underprivileged youth in a primary school in Bonteheuwel, to interning in the more affluent area of Upper Wynberg, at an international school. This experience further fostered my innate empathy and non-judgemental outlook for those around me. I am someone who is not afraid to get my hands dirty, work hard and help out where I can: currently job hunting, I have occasionally been helping my father with renovations to his property that include painting, plastering, applying putty, etc. This has taught me many practical things that I hope to apply when I own my own house one day. A few months before now, I worked as a Personal Assistant to a therapist and social worker. This was a remote job that taught me valuable organisation and time-management skills. In my early years of study, I found myself working a sales assistant job at the Robben Island Museum Gateway store, and found that my favourite part of the job was interacting with the different tourists that happened upon our humble store and hearing their stories – where they were from and why they decided to visit SA, etc. I love reading, and since a young age, I’ve been considered a bookworm. I mainly enjoy supernatural and sci-fi novels and webcomics, as well as other forms of content such as newspaper and magazine articles (need to know what’s happening in the world around me). English was also my favourite subject at school, and I think this was also encouraged by my English-teacher mother, who was quick to correct any incorrect grammar and pronunciation when my siblings and I spoke incorrectly. I often assisted her in marking her learners’ English examination scripts and as a result, am quick to pick up on spelling or grammatical errors. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, long walks with my dog Ninja, and photography. This has led me to submit a piece that is currently being exhibited at the Zeits Mocca Art Museum, in their long-running ‘Home is Where The Art Is’ exhibition. Furthermore, my faith has given me strength through the darkest times and taught me to be tolerant and understanding of those around me. I am still very much figuring life and myself out as I go along and am always open to learning from those around me.
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” A Japanese proverb close to my heart. It has helped me persevere in so many situations in life and those situations have molded me into the woman I am today. Here’s a brief introduction to who I am. I am a new mommy to an adorable baby boy. A jack of all trades. I’m an artist at heart, fitness enthusiast, avid reader, and quite academic. I was born on the 9th of August in the year 1996 in Elim, a small village in the Limpopo Province. I grew up in Johannesburg and later moved to Pretoria in 2006 when I was in Grade 4, where I completed the rest of my school career. I have always been one to participate in almost every extra-mural activity since my primary school years, I played softball, hockey, and cricket. I took part in cross-country and district athletics to name a few. My love for sports made me gravitate towards what I currently do part-time, I train on a regular basis, and I am a wellness coach and a distributor for a prominent nutrition brand. A large part of what I do involves helping people correct their nutrition and learn more about the benefits of healthy eating so that they can lead a healthier lifestyle and feel great while they are at it. I have been involved in various projects that involved giving back to those in need. I have been involved with an initiative called Feed a Homeless Homie, where we made food for the homeless and distributed it at least one weekend a month, I also helped a friend of mine with a pads drive for less fortunate girls, I also give clothes to homeless shelters for women and children whenever I can and I worked with an NGO known as Keep That Gold Shining (KTG) where we tutored young kids in high schools in the townships. I am a philanthropist at heart and believe that even the smallest contribution goes a long way. As mentioned, I am also an artist, mostly self-taught. I do painting on commission as well as pencil sketching. I do not have a specific style as yet, but most of my work features women from different walks of life. I would like to collaborate with more artists in the future and have exhibitions. I try to read at least one book a month. My favorite writers have always been James Patterson and Dan Brown however I recently branched out to other genres besides suspense and thrillers. Some of my latest reads are: • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki • Atomic Habits by James Clear • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho • Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe I can speak at least 6 of the 11 official languages, I am fairly tech-savvy. I am a quick learner, always willing to pick up a new skill. Life has thrown several curveballs at me and I never backed down. I strongly believe in working hard and not giving up on anything I do. My name means ‘Be Strong’, that is who I am!
Greetings to one and all. I am a child of the universe and I want to share that every day is a beautiful day. True, our emotions fluctuate but at some point during each day we will recognise that the day is a gift we have received and if we be true to ourselves we will smile and this will create feel good energy. We should practice this feel good energy and build on it so that each day it comes easier and earlier in the day, like a muscle it will grow. Become more evident and gather momentum and we will BE better for it. I believe in kindness and forgiveness towards others and myself. In a couple of months, I will begin the first year of my seventh decade on planet Earth. I feel privileged to have lived long enough to grow. Twenty years ago I was facing a life-threatening illness and not doing too well, I am a miracle. I believe we are all miracles. Some would differ. It can be a topic for discussion. I have extensive administrative experience - getting things organised, getting things done. With a stable track record, I am able to diversify within different industries. As part of a team, I have a strong focus to resolve challenges and enjoy leaving any tasks I am busy with in a user-friendly state (do unto others). I pride myself on my attention to detail & due diligence, going the extra mile in terms of improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness. With strong English (both written and verbal) I am confident to communicate, in English, on all levels of an organisation, company or institution, with a strong emphasis on service delivery. My good communication skills help towards problem-solving & interpersonal relationships. I enjoy taking on responsibility, it adds to my sense of well-being & purpose. I did a one-year secretarial course in 1980 and my working life began from there. Living and learning life then became what I did, marriage, babies, etc. I guess I was lazy to further my qualifications, in hindsight I think I would have made a damn good surgeon LOL. Seriously, I have good eye, hand coordination, a good touch, and, consciously, I have become better at threading the needle. I believe strongly in being true to myself and honesty means much to me, honesty within and with others. And now, I am ready to start that next chapter in my career. I am blessed. I have over the years done various short courses including a deep tissue massage course, so I am a certified masseuse however I only massage family and friends as I am no longer physically (strength and stamina) up to doing a job I am comfortable to charge for. Thought that was worth mentioning, as it brings me pleasure to help others breathe and take time out. I have always worked in administrative support positions from Girl Friday to Executive PA and everything in between and in many different industries. My last couple of jobs have been from home (virtual) and in a new field, namely customer service. This shift was challenging and I am proud to say I managed it pretty well. Working from home is what is necessary at this time given my current living circumstances. This change and the challenge that came with it reminded me that I have strong determination, which is a very good thing. I am concerned for my granddaughter’s generation and what life will be like for them as adults, especially the environment they will find themselves in physically, mentally, emotionally. And, I would love to see the curricula in our educational systems adapting to educating our children to be more self-aware, mindful, engaging their senses, like an involuntary muscle, in the present moment and, to be able to guide their minds when it comes to EQ. I am an advocate for sports at a young age as this definitely develops our grit and stick-ability which comes in handy as we journey down the road with our name on it. I was a junior champion in both swimming and tennis, representing Zambia in both. Easy does it.
Hello, I’m Deborah! I was born in Congo RDC and came to Cape Town, South Africa in October 2012 to study at university. I have a National diploma in Financial accounting and a diploma in Financial information system. I am an ambitious young lady and I love to be surrounded by positive people. I’m a dedicated and conscientious team player with the ability to provide support and advice to people, customers, or co-workers and make a difference. I am organized, responsible, very loyal, focused and I can have the work done on time and meet deadlines. While doing my National diploma, I was also working as a part-time customer service sales representative. I became a full time agent right after I graduated from university. I am a customer relation professional with more than six years of experience in customer service work, inbound and outbound calls, emails and social media. I have excellent verbal skills with the ability to communicate my thoughts and information in a clear and easy to understand manner. I am confident that the experience, the capabilities I have, make me ready for any opportunity. I speak French, English, Swahili, and Lingala I love singing and dancing, reading, and my favorites animals are dogs and cats. Looking forward to be part of Zagenie family! Thank you!
Live and love as if there is no tomorrow! Hi, my name is Emmerentia. I was born in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa, in the ‘60’s, which means that I'm an original, retro hippie chick at heart with the good, old-fashioned values to back it up. The highs and lows I’ve dealt with in life have taught me a valuable lesson…time is not guaranteed and is therefore not to be lost. I am enjoying my journey, still learning new life lessons and growing to become the person I am meant to be. I must pay tribute to the University of Experience and the School of Hard Knocks for the valuable contributions you have made to my life path thus far. Stronger. Wiser. Blessed. My passion is to help others to reach their full potential. It is even more difficult to do that in one’s own life (it’s so easy giving advice to others, isn’t it?) but making a direct contribution or figuratively planting a seed and watching it take root in someone else’s life is deeply rewarding. We are on this planet to live good lives and to make a positive difference to our direct environment, wherever our feet may fall. Aim for the stars; never forget your roots. Be yourself, stay humble, be kind, be grateful, make love an action…not a word. My mission is to help people from all walks of life, gain financial independence, while caring for the world around us. Learn how to earn. Make sure you have a meal, an income, clothes, a home and good health. There is no planet B. I’m a big fan of renewable resources, organic gardens and farming and hugging a tree. Helping our paw-legged friends in shelters, finding furever homes much faster. Same for birds, horses, donkeys, circus prisoners and liberating zoos. I am an excellent chef in my kitchen 😊 and I love baking (to put it mildly). My cakes and tarts are wickedly good and not being gluten intolerant is still my highlight of the previous decade! My downtime is spent walking, jogging, going to the beach, horse riding and playing golf. With over 38 years’ combined experience, accumulated by time spent in the corporate world and having 3 businesses over the years, I have a wealth of experience to share and utilize. Words, in a personal bio, aren't plentiful. Not to me, at least. I feel that the chances of someone reading about what your opinion is of yourself and BELIEVING it is remote. The tough part is that you don't know me, nor I you, yet I'm trying to “convince” you that what I say is who I am as a person and that what I say is what it is. The eyes are windows to the soul…that isn't exactly happening here, and that sense cannot always be replaced through words alone. So, the moral of the story is that what I list below as my key character traits, strengths, weaknesses, achievements, experience, etc. is in reality simply just that. Traits: Dedicated, honest, loyal, trustworthy, tenacious, dependable, creative, methodical, sense of integrity, ethical, tough but fair, empathetic, lighthearted and friendly. Strengths: Comfortable in a team environment or working independently, management, skills utilization, delegation, human relations, conflict resolution, analysis, strategizing, implementation, problem-solving, business administration. Weaknesses: Impatience, self-critique, injustice and rudeness stirs my temper, being micro-managed, cheesecake. Experience: Sales, sales management, customer relationship management, business administration, directorship and general management of 3 x businesses previously owned/co-owned. Summary: A self-starter who gets what's required done, pronto. I am self-motivated, enjoy new challenges and try my best to excel at what's before me. I love working with people, as this is simply my passion.
“The key to unlocking complexity, is simplicity itself” This is the lesson that I have learned time and time again, not just in business, but life as well. Hence my perspective, in that we can complicate life or take a pragmatic approach. I grew up in a single parent household, with my father and younger sister, uncommon in my community whereby most single parent would be one’s mother, but this has shaped my thinking…not everything is what it seems. Firmly believe that personal and moral growth is a direct consequence of uplifting communities and protecting the vulnerable. Recently, I was the MD of a rural firefighting programme and still remains one of my passions in terms of assisting underserviced communities. I’ve worked in television, mainly satellite broadcasting, the South African revenue service, back into broadcasting, then firefighting and now green economy initiatives including a component of green building construction and manufacturing. Personally, an avid motorcycle enthusiast as well as a proponent of animal welfare. As you will notice from my pictures, motorcycles and pets. Right now, we have 10 pets, 4 dogs and 6 cats. All are adopted and some rescued, save for the German Shepherd.
Born and raised in South-Africa by a single mother in humble surroundings. Doing Taekwondo for years and attained my International black belt with the following principles, this was a part of my childhood that guided me into my adult life: Showing courtesy to others no matter what level of society labelled them; training continuously whether I was up for it or not; showing integrity, even when no one was watching; perseverance when I wanted to give up; self-control when it was difficult to compose myself and learning from my couch to have a indomitable Spirit. Finishing school it was expected of me to follow in the "Afrikaaner Man's" footsteps to have a job where you work many long hours a day, week in and week out, get your salary, sleep and repeat. My passion for music gave me the confidence to follow my heart and to head towards Cape Town for a short holiday, but I ended up staying here and studied for Audio Engineering, whilst completing my studies and gaining experience in the industry. COVID-19 affected the industry drastically and I had decided to use my spare time productively by enrolling in courses such as Social Media marketing and Programming. I also started a small business where I rent out my sound equipment and host small gatherings and events. Helping friends with their business promotions and seeing how people enjoyed the events I have hosted, it made me realize that I have a passion to better others and their circumstances. Following my dreams against all odds lead me to where I am today and to appreciate every single moment by not wondering about the past or worrying about the future. Focusing on the task at hand and having it complete well within the deadline is what I strive to achieve and I love learning and gaining knowledge along the way to further myself in everything and anything I get the opportunity for. I am ready for new challenges and know that having a healthy work balance will help me to reach my full potential.
I am ambitious and driven. I thrive on challenges and constantly set goals for myself, so I have something to strive towards. Not only that, but I’m always looking for ways and opportunities to better myself and achieve greatness. I’m highly organized, always take notes and use a series of tools to help myself stay on top of deadlines. Furthermore, I keep a clean workspace and filing system, so I’d always be able to find what I need. Also, I find this increases efficiency and helps me stay on task. In addition, I love meeting new people and learning about their stories, it always gives me new perspectives. I can almost always find common ground with strangers, and I like making them feel at home in my presence. I find this skill is especially helpful when dealing with new clients or even strangers when meeting for the first time. I am result-oriented, constantly checking in with the results to determine how close or far I am, and what it will take to make it happen. Pressure inspires and acts as a great motivator. I pride myself on making sure people have the right information because it drives better results, and I feel a sense of responsibility to keep everyone on the same page when it comes to work-related matters. I would describe my personality as a little of everything. Likewise, I am creative, adventurous, driven, curious, enthusiastic, observant, positive, and self-aware. This is what makes me easy to work with and makes the people who surround me happy to be in my presence. When it comes to my work I am attentive, helpful, patient, respectful, supportive, and very flexible. This is what I believe makes me so easy to adapt to any situation thrown my way. Life is full of ups and downs. I know this is a cliché, but this phrase summarizes my whole existence. Sometimes my life is fun, happy, and almost enviable and at times my life is sad boring, and uninspiring. I have never tried to be perfect, but one thing is true — I AM WHO I AM.
I’m a proactive recent college graduate (International certificate in Cyber Defence) from the Institute of Advanced Cyber Defence in Sandton, South Africa. During the course of my academic career, I also managed to accrue nearly 10 years of work experience. I had the privilege of working for Absa Bank Limited as a Forex Teller and an International Banking Consultant, where I learned valuable professional skills in foreign exchange, global banking, and branch operations. While working at Absa bank, I was exposed to a culture that had a high demand of customer or client services. I learnt to be a much organised individual and now able to deal with projects at hand and also to work under enormous pressure. I was awarded Teller of the year for two consecutive years and had been an ”A” performer, influencing my colleagues to do the same. The role of being second in charge at the Teller department empowered me to lead, supervise and initiate action. I empowered myself by studying and finishing a Certificate in Banking, after which I registered and obtained a Higher Diploma in Banking, specialising in Treasury and International Banking. My passion for International Banking and Financial markets led me to register and obtain a certificate for Regulation and Ethics of the SA Financial Markets with the South African Institute of Financial Markets. In 2015, I wrote an article about ”My purpose and Journey” within Barclays Africa and won that competition for a trip to Robben Island to meet the then Barclays Africa CEO Maria Ramos and the late political icon Amhed Kathrada. My broad range of interests brings me into contact with the diversity of people and that talent South Africa and the world offers. I want to promote this talent and creative output, especially of local people. I am a hard worker, good organizer, very good with numbers, energetic and responsible individual. I started my schooling with a desire and passion to make an impact to every situation encountered. Education has taught me that the world of work does not need greater minds, but the determination and desire to what one does. In both my academic and professional life, I have been praised as a hard-working individual by my lectures and peers. Whether working on academic, extracurricular, or professional projects, I apply proven teamwork, best customer service and critical thinking skills. I’m a very spiritual person who is passionate about the well-being of others. My love for God led me to dedicate each morning into writing and sharing daily prophetic words and worship songs to my entire network including friends in Europe, and also guiding some on their spiritual journeys.
I have been involved in the music industry for the better part of my life. As a performer and creator, I have had the opportunity to entertain many people over the years. I have a great passion for music and the arts in general. As an avid reader, I take great pleasure in immersing myself in the prose of those who are highly skilled in the literary arts. This stood me in great stead when I embarked on a course in Journalism a million years ago. Although I never completed the course, certain skills have stuck with me to this day. My journalistic endeavour was eclipsed by my musical passion. A passion that has given me much joy and also lead to much heartache. Nonetheless, being a staunch collector of music, it wasn’t long before I utilised this collection, and branched out into spinning records on dance floors around the country. Having grown up in Cape Town, South Africa, in the ‘80s, I was embroiled in the struggle for freedom. Battling the apartheid regime. This struggle, which was so much a part of everyday life, gave me a sense of something bigger than myself. A sense of community and belonging to something that was more important than my own personal well-being. Generally speaking, I would like to believe that I am an artist at heart. When I say that I don't mean that I like to draw or paint or any of the other physical manifestations of art. What I mean is that I approach life as art. If that makes any sense. I am the proverbial Jack of all trades. Master of a few. I think my biggest asset is that I am always willing to learn. That is something that I intend to keep doing until the last breath escapes my body.
"All things are possible" I love the outdoors, travelling, animals and people. I was an ardent hiker, and this allowed me to visit some of the most amazing hiking trails in South Africa. What inspires me most is the ability to positively impact the lives of others through the plethora of skills I have acquired over the many years of experience. I have the ability to add value wherever I am placed. I am energised by strategy, new challenges, and the search for the most efficient and impactful solutions. My career began in education. As an educator I enjoyed the children. I know this will always be part of who I am as I will always be passionate about teaching and will continue sharing knowledge, mentoring, and coaching, etc. I ventured into the corporate environment as I excelled with my financial skills and thought that my career would entail the chartered accountant route. I did the required academics, got the job and my focus was numbers and more numbers. Again, I was challenged because my love for people was not satisfied. I once again did a complete change in my career by studying, job shadowing and taking on projects in the learning and development and human resource departments. One of my memorable periods was asking the CFO of the organisation to give me the opportunity to split my job in two areas to show my capabilities and therefore be considered for a position that was eventually created for me. This was exciting and I thrived in this environment. I felt like I was adding value as the position focused on the growth and development of the youth, once again. I knew that I could accomplish more and add more value through venturing out on my own. I started my own business which offers the services of learning and development, strategy, human resources and finance. This has been an exciting journey with many challenges.
Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo but I am currently live in South Africa (Cape Town) about 7 years I am Married to Magalie since 2018, and we have a 2 years old girl. I am a honest, ambitious, friendly, reliable and motivated person. I’m a skilled individual who has excellent training as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). As a result, I have good knowledge of routing, switching, network applications, protocols, services, and wireless skills. I am a self-motivated person and I try to exceed my superior’s expectations with high-quality work. Being a fast learner, I quickly pick up business knowledge related to my project. An experienced and customer service with a strong interest to increase customer satisfaction and at the same time making sure all of the operations are being done properly. I believe my strengths are that I am a person who can work under a lot of stress and have excellent communication skills which enable me to handle a leadership position as wells work in a team. I care deeply about workplace professionalism. I regard myself to be a very open-minded person, ready for a new challenge when it comes to technology. People consider me to be a social, temperament person who does not hesitate in giving my opinion for what I think and believe in. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and it comes naturally to me to maintain a lot of relationships. I love trying new things, creating new methods, and introducing new ideas. I love watching soccer, specially when Leo Messi plays, movies and playing games.
I was born in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, but raised in Jozini, Kwa-Zulu Natal and a Diver at heart. School Holidays were spent on the beach and in the ocean at Sodwana Bay. My Passion for acting started at a young age when I was approached by my arts teacher to play the lead as “Joseph” in that year’s school play, “Joseph and his technicolor dream coat”. In 2006, I moved to Saldanha bay Naval Base to conduct my basic training and upon completion, reported to Simon’s Town Naval Base Diving Centre. I worked at the Naval Diving Centre until mid- 2007, but reported for duty aboard SAS Spioenkop (Naval Warship) later that year and for the rest of my stay in the SA Navy. I resigned from the SA Navy at the end of 2009 to further pursue my childhood passion for acting, after it had been re-ignited back in 2007, when a Production Company came to shoot the one part series, “Diver’s Down”, at the Naval Diving Base where I was stationed. Since then, I performed numerous small roles in Films and TV Shows with goals and aspirations to become a successful actor in the industry. Years later and struggling in the industry, I started a Photography business in 2017 shooting headshots for actors in the industry and also specializing in Real Estate Photography. I also worked in the hospitality industry during this time, working my way up to head of staff at a fine dining Italian Restaurant in the Bellville area of Cape Town. In December 2018, I made the very hard decision to hang up my Actor’s hat and retire from the industry, as I needed to make a change. So with a fire in my belly and a pursuit of a new career, I embarked on an old passion within the boating world. I completed my Yacht Master Coastal and SAS Day Skipper certificate followed by a plane ticket to Nice, France. I spent a month walking countless amounts of steps that would make “Discovery Vitality” proud on the docks of the various harbors, handing out my CV in an attempt to book work as crew on board. With a few days worth of day work under the belt and finally booking an interview for a possible crew position, my visa expired and I needed to come home. Luckily I was being strongly considered for a position aboard, but I needed to wait for the boat to come out of the drydock. With this I flew back to SA with a hopeful heart, knowing that I would soon return to France. As things go, the opportunity was cancelled (Owner preferred a merger of the two available roles and he preferred a female). What to do now? Unemployed and with depleted finances of not being able to return, I started looking for work and was unemployed until Sept the same year when I finally got an opportunity to begin work as a Junior Site Supervisor for a Construction Business (not ideal, but hey challenge accepted and gotta pay dem bills son!). I have since then worked for the same company, building weigh bridges, expanding warehouses, pouring concrete floors and laying paving. I have learned so much and have grown allot since then. Recently I approached and dusted off my photography equipment again and am in the process of starting this up as well. Being in the construction industry has sparked allot of ideas and have given me a new passion for real estate, especially as an Investor. People tend to describe me as ambitious, hardworking, punctual and goal-oriented. I have high attention to detail and work really well in both a team environment and on my own. I am pro-active, a problem solver and creative at heart. I won’t stop until the project or task is completed. More personally, I enjoy the outdoors, love being fit and healthy and spending my off time with my most valuable assets; family and friends. Short term goals: – To learn and grow the new skills required to perform given tasks efficiently and with excellence. -To prove myself a valuable asset, as a hardworking, dependable and trustworthy individual to my fellow colleagues, managers and seniors. Long term goals: -To become one of the best in my department and be seen as the go-to guy for a specific job or task. -To become manager and coach to younger generations looking to enter my industry. -To eventually run a team of managers, teaching them to effectively run their teams with excellence. I believe in serving others with excellence. The effort you put in will reap the results you desire. I also believe that being truthful, respectful and trustworthy are very important keys to success and I strive to live by these principles daily.
Creare tende e padiglioni dal fascino antico, esotico, a volte fiabesco, nasce dall’esigenza di conciliare la nostra passione per tempi e luoghi lontani con la concreta necessità di realizzare coperture belle da vedere ma anche solide e resistenti per creare nuovi luoghi di vita all’aperto. La ricerca stilistica e l’ispirazione concettuale di Guido Toschi Marazzani Visconti e Massimo Rausa, spazia dalle tende da guerra delle Campagne Romane, agli accampamenti medioevali per giostre e tornei, dai lussuosi padiglioni sette/ottocenteschi fino a spingersi alle suggestioni esotiche delle tende berbere del nord Africa. Nel corso degli anni abbiamo ideato numerosi modelli dalle forme e dalle dimensioni più varie, ma solo quelli che hanno dimostrato le migliori performance di affidabilità e durata sono entrati a far parte della nostra collezione permanente e brevettata. Ogni dimora possiede un fascino e un’identità propri. Il fine delle nostre creazioni è quello di integrarsi armoniosamente allo stile di ogni casa e giardino, esaltandone la bellezza e svelandone nuove possibilità abitative. Questo ci porta a creare coperture sempre nuove e personalizzate nelle forme, dimensioni e decori, seguendo i desideri e le esigenze di ogni nostro cliente. Tutte però ideate e realizzate nel segno della bellezza e della funzionalità. Non solo tende e padiglioni. Il nostro amore per l’esterno ci porta a progettare e realizzare terrazzi e giardini, treillage in legno e ferro, comodi cuscini, roulon e materassini in tessuto idrorepellente, resistenti all’umidità e alla pioggia in tutti i colori presenti in collezione e passamanerie multicolori. Designing Tents and Pavilions in an ancient, exotic, sometimes fairy-tale style, stems from our need to combine our passion for distant times and places with the need to create beautiful but useful products. Guido Toschi’ Marazzani Visconti and Massimo Rausa's design reveals a passion for the Historic and the Exotic. His work being inspired by the Lists of medieval Jousting Events, other by the Luxury Pavilions of the 17th and 18th centuries, still more by the traditional tents of North Africa’s Berber People. Over the years we have designed numerous models with the most varied shapes and sizes, but only those that have shown the best performance in terms of reliability and durability have become part of our permanent and patented collection. Every house has its own charm and identity. The purpose of our work is to harmoniously integrate with the style of each house and garden, enhancing their beauty and revealing new housing possibilities. This leads us to create new models all the time, customized in shape, size and decoration. Following the needs and desires of any customers. All however designed and built under the sign of beauty and functionality. Not only Tents and Pavilions. Our love for the outdoors leads us to design and create furnishing and accessories for terraces and gardens, treillage in wood and iron, comfortable cushions, roulons and mattresses covered in waterproof fabric, resistant to moisture and rain, customizable with stencil decorations and trimmings.
Let's get to know Wandisile Mboxela was born in Cape Town, I’m the last born of four siblings parents background from the beautiful province of the Eastern Cape in Alice, My background was very poor parents had to move to Cape Town where all four siblings born. All my primary education, higher education done here in Cape Town, while was at school developed love for Sport, now I’m applying that love for sport to the young kids in my community keep them out of trouble, we grow up with a lot of trouble in my community now trying to chase that away, to build bright future to the young people by involving them in sport education activities, sport and education goes together if you want to build better future for others. Coming from where I came from, hard work pays, I was offered a Learnership qualification which introduced me to corporate world quite extensively. Good written and verbal communication skills in at least two of three official languages of the Western Cape, problem-solving and conflict management with good planning and organizational skills, ability to handle information as confidential and good interpersonal skills, to contribute and become part of a successful organization that motivate its employees to utilize their skill and talent effectively and efficiently, the knowledge and skills which I acquired over that period of time equipped me for future positions. I am a hard-working individual, and eager to learn, I was recently employed due to Covid-19 company layoff some staff. I was employed as Accounts Controller at Tourvest Travel Service and this involves extensive client interaction. Deliver an effective admin support service to staff and clients, communicate with suppliers regarding outstandings, verbally, via mail and telephonically. I have highly knowledge of Tourism and Hospitality which I achieved through Theta, Tourism Hospitality and Sport Education Training Authority. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change, and I’m looking forward to be part and the future of ZaGenie. Thank you…
I grew up in a small farm community in the Eastern Cape. The world I knew then was only what was surrounding me; the farm, farm lands, livestock, bushes and forest and two or three other farm dweller families. That was my reality, no big cities or big townships. I never knew anything about big rivers, oceans, lots of animals, no idea of big mountains etc. When I grew up my parents moved to the city, things changed, it was a total new world. My world got so complex and vast. It was when I started visiting beaches, zoo, animal sanctuaries, visit nature reserves and botanical gardens and travelling by boats, ships and fly in aeroplanes. I am now an avid traveller, I also go for walks in the natural environments, listen to birds singing and so on. The world has so much to offer for those who grab these opportunities. As a family man, I often visit with my family to city parks, nature reserves, and lots of community projects that take care of animals and the environment. I am both an environmental and social activist, and I have spent most of my life either being involved directly in the protection of fauna and flora or training those who are involved in the same. When I travel or visit other countries, I visit mostly destinations that would offer natural and aesthetic beauty to tourists. I also have a huge interest in climate change as it is, among others, influenced by human behaviour, more especially air pollution. I am also interested in religion, more especially African Traditional religion. The reason for my interest in this branch of religion is because it is mostly nature based. In other words, it is religion that does not separate between humans and nature. For the adherents of this religion life is one and God manifests himself through nature and therefore taking care of nature is a religious duty. As an environmental and social activist, I am involved either through making financial contribution or contributing my time in community projects of different kinds. These projects would include contributing shoes to primary school learners who have no shoes, contributing money to soup kitchens for crèches and unemployed job seekers and many other projects. I am hoping to sustain these initiatives to a level where they can help more people.
Villa Silvio Pellico è il nome di un'affascinante tenuta storica, già di proprietà dei Marchesi di Barolo e utilizzata principalmente nel periodo estivo come residenza di svago. La casa padronale è stata ricostruita alla fine del XVIII secolo secondo lo stile neoclassico e gli interni sono stati adattati coerentemente al gusto estetico dell'epoca. Intorno al 1810 la Marchesa aggiunse una nuova ala in stile primo neogotico, comprendente una chiesa e un piccolo edificio quadrato a imitazione di un antico castello medievale in pietra (queste aggiunte sembrano essere il primo esempio di neogotico in Piemonte); un altro edificio fu aggiunto alla fine del XIX secolo all'ingresso della tenuta dove era posto il cancello principale in ferro. La Villa e la tenuta erano in origine una “vigna” (letteralmente “vigna”, anche se piuttosto intesa nell'antichità come “gentilhommière de plaisance”), rifugio dal caldo dell'estate torinese. Il giardino è una sintesi perfetta di modernità e classicità rivisitata. Alla morte della signora che aveva salvato il feudo e del marito, i loro eredi, non potendo mantenere il luogo come abitazione principale, decisero di venderlo ad una coppia che da decenni conoscevano come i successori ideali per assolvere all'ingombrante compito di conservazione e miglioramento. I nuovi proprietari dedicano uno sforzo costante e un impegno personale per mantenere la casa e il giardino in ottime condizioni, sperando che le generazioni future possano vedervi tutta la bellezza che è stata via via creata da un'intelligente miscela di molteplici ispirazioni culturali. Un giardino classico disposto su una varietà di livelli, il progetto di Page per Villa Silvio Pellico, nel nord Italia, dimostra la sua notevole capacità di perfezionare il suo design in base al sito. È stato trovato un disegno a matita e matita colorata su carta, sebbene non datato, è probabile che sia il primo progetto per Silvio Pellico nella collezione dell'archivio Page. Nel complesso, il design è vicino a quello di RP/1/10/27/5. In entrambi, l'idea di Page di organizzare il giardino su due assi è a posto, ma in questi primi disegni l'enfasi è sull'asse nord-sud. Una vasca rettangolare centrale è fiancheggiata da due giardini laterali a est e a ovest. L'idea di utilizzare una scala per collegare la casa con il giardino inferiore è già in atto. Il giardino che circonda la Villa è stato progettato all'inizio del XIX secolo “à l'anglaise”, per adeguarsi ai dolci declivi intorno alla casa padronale: prospettive, passaggi e piccole “allées” segnate da topiari di tasso e bosso e opere in pietra sono state poi creato in sintonia con la moda pittoresco-romantica che ispirò la maggior parte dei paesaggisti del periodo. Due giganteschi cedri del Libano si stagliano lungo l'ingresso della Villa e si dice che abbiano più di quattro secoli. Villa Silvio Pellico is the name of a charming historical estate, formerly owned by the Marquess of Barolo and mostly used in summertime as a leisure lodge. The main house has been rebuilt at the end of the XVIIIth century in accordance with the neoclassic style and the interiors were fitted consistently with the aesthetic taste of the time. Around 1810 the Marchioness added a new wing in the early neogothic style, encompassing a church and a small square building imitating a stony old medieval castle (these additions appear to be the first example of neogothic in Piedmont); another building was added at the end of the XIXth century at the entrance of the estate where the main iron gate was placed. The Villa and the estate was originally a “vigna” (literally a “vineyard”, though rather intended in the old times as a “gentilhommière de plaisance”), a refuge from the heat of the Turin summer. The garden is a perfect synthesis of modernity and revisited classicism. When the lady who saved the estate and her husband died, their heirs, unable to keep the place as a main dwelling, decided to sell it to a couple that they have known for decades as the ideal successors to fulfill the cumbersome task of preservation and improvement. The new owners devote constant effort and personal commitment to keep house and garden in excellent condition, hoping that future generations will be able to see in it all the beauty that has been gradually created out of an intelligent blend of versatile cultural inspirations. A classical garden arranged across a variety of levels, Page’s design for Villa Silvio Pellico, demonstrates his remarkable ability to perfect his design, according to the site. A pencil and coloured pencil drawing on paper was found, although undated, it is likely to be the earliest plan for Silvio Pellico in the Page archive collection. Overall, the design is close to that of RP/1/10/27/5. In both, Page’s idea of arranging the garden across two axes is in place, but in these earlier drawings the emphasis is on the north-south axis. A central rectangular pool is flanked by two side gardens to the east and west. The idea of using a staircase to link the house with the lower garden is already in place. The garden surrounding the Villa was designed at the beginning of the XIXth century “à l’anglaise”, to conform to the gentle slopes around the main house: perspectives, passages and small “allées” marked by yew and box topiaries and stone works were then created in keeping with the picturesque-romantic fashion that inspired most of the landscape designers of the period. Two gigantic Lebanon cedars loom along the entrance way to the Villa and are said to be more than four centuries old.
I was born in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha), South Africa. I’m an outgoing person who is both introverted and extroverted depending on who I’m with. I enjoy meeting and interacting with new people because I believe this is how you learn and grow as a person. I’m forever looking for new adventures or challenges. I’m a go-getter, never afraid to fail because we learn more from our failures and build character from them. I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking, which has exposed me to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in South Africa. I also love taking game drives and explore our nature, especially the animals in their natural habitats. I haven’t had the opportunity to travel beyond the borders of my country. Hopefully one day I’ll travel the world, meet different people and get to experience diverse cultures and cuisines. I had dreams of becoming a medical doctor but due to financial difficulties I settled for a National Diploma in Biomedical Technology. At least I got to work in the medical environment with doctors and other medical personnel for about 5 years. I realised that working in a laboratory was not suitable for my personality because I love people, I enjoy interacting with different people. I enrolled for a Diploma in Marketing and that led me to the pharmaceutical industry where I combined both my medical background and the marketing qualification. I worked in Sales and Marketing departments. I also had the opportunity to turn my passion for fashion into a business adventure and started my online clothing store, which was a very exciting and challenging adventure. I learned a lot about importing and e-commerce. When motherhood happened and I took a break to become a stay home mom. I got involved in fitness and nutrition business. I realised that the entrepreneurship bug has got me and needed to empower myself to avoid mistakes I made in my previous business adventures, that is when I decided to register for a BCom degree in entrepreneurship via Unisa, which what I’m currently busy with. I hope one day I will be able to own a farm as risk of food security is at a country level. Many countries are experiencing high inflation at retail level, reflecting the shortage of supply due to COVID-19 measures and other factors like global warming. Agricultural development is critically important to improve food security and nutrition. I’m excited about the future and learning more in this university of life.
My Bio will tell you about my past and present. The past is important but nothing is more important as the present ME! The Beautiful and strong ME! The ME that makes the people who know and love me happy to be in my presence, the present me is what matters. My values and morals and my way of thinking are what is important, the past was just the "making of", the preview one see's of movies and series, the past is an ancient scroll where most of my life is narrated by my parents, teachers, siblings and the other significant people who come and go from one's life, My present is the true picture of what I am and who I am so let me give you insight into who I am: I am a straight talker, yet I am loving and a helpful person who is always willing to learn new things, I follow rules only when it makes sense and is fair. I was born to a mixed-race couple in the "old South Africa (during apartheid)" while the political climate was unstable and in its rebirth stage, my mixed-race background has made me culturally rich. Ancestrally I come from a diverse lineage, I have a Scottish and Irish father, a mother with little french a little Indian (Afghan and Pakistani), I have a little of everything, which has made me the odd one out as I look different from the rest of my family, I do not fit in with the brown people, I do not fit in with the white people and there is nothing wrong with that I do not need to be labeled to feel like I belong, I am one of the reasons why our country is known as the rainbow nation a mix and mashed beautiful product of all that is good. My personality and likes have made me the odd one out and the weird one, luckily my husband is just as weird as I am, I always tell him my weird matches his weird, it makes us a perfect match, we were made for each other destined to be together almost as if it was written in the stars, a destiny fulfilled with a happy future in the ahead of us. Happy and together forever and always, I still find it hard to believe that there is someone out there who not only gets me, who understands me, my way of thinking, and the way I view the world but most importantly who LOVE'S ME for ME! I consider myself spiritual and not religious, although I was raised catholic and attended a convent, where a lot of who I am today was made. The making of ME! The Sisters of Mercy and catholicism had the opposite of the intended effect on me, I am not deeply rooted in the catholic faith, even though I had many lovable and amazing teachers and friends who made my school days worthwhile. Religion does not make sense to me and I consider much of it to be untrue, designed and shaped to manipulate and to rule the masses or one could say those who prefer not to think for themselves who would rather be sheep and led to the slaughterhouse willingly. My philosophy is this: as long as I love myself and my neighbor, I believe I'm living the right way and try to instill those principles and values in my two sons. I believe that knowing and giving Love encompasses all the values needed to live a healthy life, Love naturally breeds, respect, forgiveness, and mindfulness. Love means living from the heart when one lives from the heart it naturally voids the ego, the ego destroys the manically malevolent whereas the heart creates and builds, Love is a tool with which one can build a life rich in emotional health, enlightenment, and mental stability. Love is my church, love is my essence and if ever I am in doubt I read up on the writings left to us by all the great masters, Jesus, Muhammed, Buddha the Dalai Lama and so many more masters, some of whom are more modern and still living and basically all their writings convey the message of Love. So this me and there is more to me than what is written here, but what is written here is more than enough to get to know me better.
Born on outskirts of Belgrade – Serbia in family of 4. Immigrated to South Africa in 1991 “running away” from civil war. Even though that I came to South Africa without papers, money, job or being able to speak English, I made this beautiful country my home. My career took me from being a waiter in the restaurant (my first job here) to Restaurant Manager, Sales Manager in Timeshare Company to MD and CEO of ZA Galvanizing. At the end of the August this year, I left my last position of Regional Sales Manager of EXIM International. When it comes to business, I am dedicated, punctual, loyal and organized with the skill set that made me achieve any task in front of me with the high rate of success. Privately, I am a nature and animal lover, a bit of the environmentalist and lifelong naturist. I am one of the funders and first Chairman of Western Cape Naturist Association – WCNA and South African National Naturist Association – SANNA. Passionate follower and supporter of South African Rugby and F1 Grand Prix.
I am a 26-year-old woman, born and raised in Johannesburg, where I have lived my entire life. One of my biggest aspirations is to travel across South Africa and eventually the world. Although I was bred a city girl, my heart lies at sea. Another one of my aspirations is to own a home along the South African coast, within walking distance to the beach. I have been known as a bookworm since childhood. I always preferred to have my nose in a book rather than watching cartoons, hence my passions are reading, writing, and editing. Taking my love for books into account, I decided to study English literature, linguistics, and journalism. I have a great love for animals, and I currently have four dogs and a cat. I also love being out in nature. I am always keen to go hiking, take a trip to the beach, or take the dogs for a walk in the park. Another one of my interests is fashion. I have my own sewing machine and often create clothing for myself. I believe we are all responsible for our actions, and we decide where we want to go in life. I think if you want to do something, and you believe you can do it, you can. All you have to do is put in the effort. Nothing comes easy, but if you put the work in, you will achieve your goals and be anything you want to be. This is something I live by. I also think that building relationships and being able to work with others is extremely important. Succeeding in your endeavors often depends on how you work with and treat people, not just on what you can accomplish on your own. I have only started my journey, but I am looking forward to experiencing new things, building good relationships, and making the most out of every situation or opportunity.
I would consider myself a mix of both introverted and extroverted. I love being around and working with people, but I also enjoy my own company. I’m also very family orientated. Family is everything to me! My passions are a mix between working with/building fruitful relationships with people whether it be in the workplace or day to day life, I love helping people and bringing out the best of those around me. Outside of that, I also love doing anything to do with being outdoors. I’m always up for an adventure such as hiking, camping or even just a walk along the beach. I’m also passionate about and absolutely love animals. I’ve done horse-riding practically my entire life and it’s so therapeutic for me, to just get out into the country and get my mind off everything going on. I was born in Johannesburg, but lived the majority of my life in the beautiful mother city known as Cape Town. I’ve never got the chance to travel outside of South Africa, however it is something I have always wanted to do and I know I will accomplish in the future. In the meantime, there’s actually so many parts of my own country that I haven’t even experienced yet, so I’d love to start there. My work life has involved various industries, starting off with retail and moving on to the sales environment, both internal and external. I could say I had a certain plan for my life and career, but that all changed when I unexpectedly fell pregnant with my son. I then went from being an independent, carefree person to spending the last few months staying at home with my child. Which has honestly been life changing and I wouldn’t change a thing! However, it’s now time to get back into the working world and do everything in my power to give my son the life he deserves and one I wish I had growing up.
Rome wasn't built in a day. I’m of a very friendly nature and love to be with people who aren’t selfish. I am ambitious and will do anything to achieve my aim - "The Universe applauds action not thought" I’m of a very adventurous nature and love to find good in everything I see. There are many things that make us depressed or upset, but that doesn’t mean that we stop living. You dust yourself off, honor the difficult times for the lesson it taught you, and walk away stronger and wiser. Independence and confidence were key in my life from a young age with venturing to the UK straight after school, and eventually ending up in Cape Town as my dream destination to live a happy balanced life where beautiful sunsets are part of your everyday life, and reminds you that dreams do come true. My professional life started as a labourer painting parks in the dire UK winter weather to Insurance consultant for a huge corporate company. Getting to know me over time, it became clear that I adapt quickly and take pride in everything I do, as I strive to leave everything and everyone better than you found them. Covid-19 and the drastic changes that came with it has been the most challenging and rewarding time of my life. With a system that failed us all in so many ways, living a financially stable life is nearly impossible but forced me to get grounded with nature and realize that the best things in life are truly free. My senses for nature, animals, and my overall humility enhanced drastically. We are all just reminded once again that nothing ever goes as planned and that losing everything including your mind might be necessary to make you realize what a strong, resilient, and galactic species we truly are. Realizing this, I am now more than ever ready to spread love and kindness whilst challenging myself with new adventures that push me out of my comfort zone. There is no other time than the present that truly matters. And in this moment, I am excited to change my reality and the lives of those around me.
I am a 28-year-old woman who is passionate about youth work in communities across South Africa. I have volunteered my time with NGO’s specifically tailored for the youth in Cape Town, Port Shepstone and East London. I believe that the youth are capable of great things in our country and the entire world, I take great pride in mentoring young girls to believe the above-mentioned statement and to push themselves to get to their goals. The concept of hard work is simply lost in the generation of instant gratification and I believe that every person needs to learn this, starting from a young age. I have dedicated my time to schools as a sports coach, tutor and during Holiday Clubs that teach children ages 12-18 about life skills and the potential that they have. I am family oriented and believe in working hard in all areas of my life. I think of myself as an intelligent and super energetic being, I love all things that make me laugh and I am a super fun person. I am a wife and mom who is devoted and loves her family very much. I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Theology and look forward to working towards a Master’s specializing in Pastoral Care/Social work. My skills range from retail, online teaching and proofreading and editing, and I put my all in what I do. I do not believe in taking shortcuts and giving up when the going gets tough, trying and trying again is an attitude that I have taken a liking to and I pour my all in every project that I am involved in. I am a firm believer in serving others and I do that with no motives, other than to be a memory in their lives that brought hope and a new determination. That is who I am and what I stand for, to be a part of something that makes others lives better and gives them the ability to believe in themselves.
Born and bred in beautiful Cape Town, mom to a long-awaited, witty, (inherited from me of course!), amazing, lively little 5-year-old girl, 2 dogs and 2 cats, 'my rescue children'. Married to Tomy, a senior digital content producer hailing from Tennenbronn, Germany. He is as introvert as I am extrovert – the scale balances beautifully. In my spare time (which is limited!) I sketch, paint, and try my hand at baking, while completing a mini-thesis in psychology. University after high school was not an option. I am also a seasoned HR professional, with a passion for people and process, building and maintaining great relationships form the foundation of both who I am, and what I do. And it’s a solid foundation. Hailing from the Pharmaceutical industry, I entered the world of investments about 14 years ago, where after joining as Office Manager, I moved into HR and have been in the HR sphere since. My journey has taken me on many a bumpy road, however, being a glass-half-full type, seasoned by an interesting childhood, and a solid determination to rise above, I march smilingly on. I have a passion for order, automation and software which could aid in optimization, easing transitions and processes. I am resilient with great sense of humour, always welcoming a challenge. I have a firm belief that building and nurturing relationships are paramount to success. I love meeting people and building relationships come naturally to me. I believe it’s the level of connection that counts. I am passionate about my work, I love what I do, and I do it well. I believe that doing what you love is a privilege. Yet, I still long for something more philanthropic in life. To give back, be it ever so small. Being an eternal optimist and peppered with life’s-experiences, I have been shaped into the person I am today. Pragmatic, passionate, and humble. An enormous amount of grit coupled a with good dose of grace! I am not done growing yet, not by a long shot, there are too many interesting, inspiring people to meet along the way, and there is always something to learn and something to contribute in life. It’s the journey that counts and I enjoy every step.
I board people’s family pets for prolonged stays, preferably to ease the stress of worrying about their pets in cages. I have been doing the boarding for almost a year now and have a repeat doggo whom I love very much and his month stay is always a blessing. I fostered puppies and cats for shelters and they’ve all been adopted, I rescued a Staffordshire terrier from an outreach with a friend and healed him from the horrible mange he had and he got adopted by someone who flew from JHB and drove back up and now he lives the king life he deserves.
I am Alonzo Van Aarde, born on 9th July 2002. I was raised in Cape Town, South Africa, I am the oldest son out of 6 children, Recently (last year 2020) I have matriculated in my hometown, Mitchell’s plain. I never quite had a fixed job but I have had my fair share of holiday jobs in a shoe store it was called first stop shoes in a shopping complex close to home. In my free time, I would work private jobs with my father and doing shop fitting and house renovations all over Cape Town. I loved helping my father out. It was also a way for me to have extra pocket money. I also worked at a Taylor blinds company, whereby the production of blinds called Taylor blinds in Montague gardens. I took part in various programs whilst at school, namely, in leadership development skills with a NPO called M.O.V.E and another called J.A.M, where I was taught to run my own business. This was done during my schooling, I have obtained certificates for these courses. These two courses were done over a period of 12 months, I was also an RCL members as well as a Prefect at my school. I am also part of a group called M.O.C (mission of Christ), where I furthered my leadership skills but in a more spiritual sense in doing so we take part in outreach programs and preach the gospel. I speak fluently English and Afrikaans. I am currently studying Japanese, because I am intrigued by it. I am computer literate, Microsoft enabled as well as Linux. I am also a musician. In my spare time, I teach people to play an instrument and also to read music. I also write my own music as well as produce music. I use this skill to help many young and upcoming artists I work with an Organization called My Child Is Your Child, Creating a platform where young people can showcase their talents and make something out of themselves. I live in a rough community where children are killing children and I’ve joined this organization to make a change in a community through various forms of art. My hobbies are, playing different sporting activities, going to the gym, writing music and drawing portraits.
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, I am a 22-year-old who could be described as ambitious, hardworking, and a perfectionist. I enjoy being challenged with new tasks, as I believe discomfort allows one to grow and learn. I enjoy teamwork, but I am also capable of working on my own. I believe that communication is an important aspect of any relationship, especially professional ones, as it doesn’t leave any room for errors or misunderstandings. Therefore, I pride myself on being a skilled communicator. I am organised, goal-driven, and I find it very hard to set a task down once I have started. I may not have the most extroverted personality, but I do enjoy socialising with others in any setting. I recently graduated with a BA in English and Communication Science. While completing my degree, I worked as an editorial intern at Highbury Media, where I gained first-hand experience in editing, publishing, and social media management. I was also able to sharpen my writing skills, which came in handy as I went on to work as a freelance writer for ClubX Magazine for over a year. Even though I do not have years of experience behind me, I am, however, eager to learn. And a fresh mind is always a benefit. When it comes to my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I am also currently learning Italian and intend on tackling many other foreign languages.
I am a positive, happy person who loves all aspects of my life. I love the beach, animals and children. I am a people’s person. I grew up in the Kruger Park and that is where my love for animals and people comes from. Love working with people from all over the world. I have three beautiful children and an amazing mom whom I adore. I received the most precious gift of all very recently when I was blessed by becoming a grandmother. Like most young people and since I can remember, I had a dream… I just wanted to be a teacher when I grow up. Like a lot of young people, I did not have the means to pursue my dream. At the age of sixteen, I started working in the Kruger Park tourist shop as a cashier during school holidays. Naturally, when I matriculated and because I could not attend a college or university to study what my heart desired, I started working for SANParks. I worked in different departments from the tourist shop to finally being promoted to year in advance bookings at SANParks head office. I will always “want to be a teacher in my heart, but never will I be disappointed for the foundation I had. Working for SANParks gave me the opportunity, confidence and knowledge to work with tourists from all over the world. They had a huge hand in the way I see people and the quality of work I offer. I will always be thankful. I am a loyal, loving, understanding, empathetic and kind individual. I learned a lot about people over the years. People tend to confide in me and I am a very good listener. I can solve problems easily because people listen to me and usually follow my advice. It makes it a lot easier to solve problems in the work place concerning personnel and clients too. I have a sixth sense about people and it usually turns out to be spot on. The way in which I treat people, they will follow my orders without question. I learned a lot during my years working for different companies and working in different departments and environments. I know how to handle myself and every situation and challenge I am faced with. I am hard-working and not afraid to learn new things. I am a quick learner and I always follow through on everything I do. Even if it is a new challenge, I have to tackle and always give a hundred and one percent doing everything that has to be done. I am not afraid to walk the extra mile and to do everything to the best of my ability. I gained a lot of professional work experience. This includes... working as a reservations officer, receptionist, personal assistant, book keeper, financial administrator, school tutor and even running my own business for several years. I loved all the careers I pursued but my favorite by far was the work I have done with clients. It would be a honor and privilege to invest the experience I have gained and the skills I have mastered into your company and to share it with the world.
I am outgoing, dedicated and love new challenges! I believe that a person should work on developing their skills and learning new things all the time. I love sports gaming and fishing during my “downtime”. I believe treating people with integrity and respect will always yield great relationships. I love spending as much time as I can with my family and loved ones. I believe that working together as a whole, we can achieve great things. I am very optimistic and very open-minded when dealing with day-to-day life. I love my animals as they truly bring the best out of me if I have had a long challenging day. Working as a Manager in the Hospitality industry for nearly a decade I have learnt many valuable lessons and feel I have grown each year bringing great personality, enthusiasm and constructive ideas to the table. I have a positive outlook on life and I wish to share that positivity with you someday! Showing compassion for others in this industry and any industry, I believe will always get positive results. I am, because we are. Bound together in ways that are invisible, humanity is all about being one. Caring unconditionally, and sharing with everyone around us. Combining a salient philosophy of caring and sharing, with the strength of unity and community. We can determine the course of humanity and our destiny, by challenging the digital status quo. “I am, because we are. Together.”
L’Azienda Agricola PininAgri di Luca Pininfarina, nasce nel 2016 ponendosi l’obiettivo adoperare pratiche lungimiranti, volte ad ottenere prodotti ortofrutticoli con qualità superiori nel massimo rispetto verso l’ambiente e gli ecosistemi della collina di Moncalieri. In azienda si applica la lotta biologica conservativa, evitando nel modo più assoluto l'impiego di prodotti ampio spettro con l’obbiettivo di mantenere viva l'entomofauna utile. Inoltre si praticano inoculi di consorzi microbici nel terreno al fine di esprimere al massimo le potenzialità intrinseche delle colture in termini di resistenza, resa, gusto e qualità nutraceutiche. The Azienda Agricola PininAgri di Luca Pininfarina was founded in 2016 with the aim of adopting forward-looking practices, aimed at obtaining fruit and vegetables with superior quality with the utmost respect for the environment and ecosystems of the Moncalieri hill. Conservative biological control is applied on the farm, absolutely avoiding the use of broad spectrum products with the aim of keeping the useful entomofauna alive. Furthermore, microbial consortia are inoculated in the soil in order to express the intrinsic potential of the crops in terms of resistance, yield, taste and nutraceutical qualities.
Marketing Consultant @ Colombo, Sri Lanka MBA (UK), Certified professional Marketer (Asia), Chartered Marketer, MCIM (UK) ,PGDipM (UK), MSLIM (SL) During my tenure in Audit firm, Financial Industry, Media Organization, Educational Institute, Retail Industry, Petroleum Industry, FMCG Company, Entrepreneur & Marketing Consultant , I gained wealth of knowledge & experience, all spiced with a well-honed instinct for positive marketing. With over twenty Four years of relevant experience I am adept at executing any tasks associated with the job. Marketing Consultant - (01/ 2021 – to date) Designed & implemented marketing strategies according to client’s objectives and budget, execute task and monitoring out comes. Influenced team members to establish most effective tools & methods, liaised with top Mgt & give strategic direction & findings. DGM – Marketing - (09/2019 – 12/ 2020) Lanka Sathosa Ltd (LSL) - Ministry of Trade Awarded & won SLIM - Nielsen People’s Awards for LSL, planned & implemented all marketing & advertising campaigns and increased imaged. Drives traffic to store & improved profitability by creating operational in-store action plans, designed & streamlined business strategies, turning around the company (LSL) by increasing foot fall level & basket value. Alliance with Pickme and Postal Dpt. tested and delivered groceries to customers’ doorstep , managed to design of LSL web site, developed & launched e-commerce platform & simplified website booking forms and also achieved highest sales of Rs.17.5Bn in first half 2020 at LSL history. General Manager - (08/2017 –09/ 2019) Infinity Foods (Pvt) Ltd - Market Trader (Pvt) Ltd Responsibility of the overall imported beverages and snacks foods portfolio and tested viability, including strategy direction and P&L. Leveraged new ideas to improved overall business, maintained of all KPI’s and in charge of the Mkt budget and reinforced the brand image . Brand Manager - (08/2015 –08/2017) Lanka Spice (Pvt) Ltd (LSL) - “Mc Currie” Delivered properly the marketing mix, simplified website of “Mc Currie” to increase the profitability, comprehensive strategic PR programs for the exploitation of LSL, channel marketing strategy, excellence in trade execution & secured top tier events for marketing & developed new slogan. Developed and presented the TV commercial to build image of the “Mc Currie” position as a premium brand in the minds of target market segment, turnaround of brand performance & maximized turnover of the year 2016. Head of Sales & Marketing - (03/2011 - 07/2015) The Golden Lane Shops - Maldives Exceeded Mrf.10.2M sales for month of July 2011 in “GL” history, Coached team members to improve their skills & achieved work quality. Responsible for rebranded “GL Style” into one of the strongest sports & casual ware brands in Maldives, has been able to achieved double digits’ growth, successfully handle commercials in Dhi T/V, MNBC, Raajje Radio and adverts on Haveeru newspapers to increased the awareness. Work as a part time Consultant / Trainer for The Hawks (Pvt) Ltd, (B2B Business) in Male, Maldives - (1/11/2012-11/2//2015) Brand Manager - (02/2008 – 03/2011) Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) Managed & maintained two brands, which were the Buckinghamshire new university MBA (BUCKS) & Certified Professional Marketer (CPM) status at the AMF and led colleagues and delegated teams to monitor sales. I was an active part of the team that launched "BUCKS MBA" program in Sri Lanka and monitor overall performance of the two brands. Published adverts, strategic alliances with advertising & media agencies, coordinate with head office in UK effectively build brand image in SL. Business Development. Executive. - (04/2005 – 02/ 2008) Wijeya Newspapers Ltd (WNL) An accomplished Mgt. executive for the launch of “IT Times” brand in SL. Identified innovative marketing campaigns, negotiated with major super markets to successful distribution of magazine of the in Island wide and delivered to Sri Lankan Airlines as well & increased the penetration level. Senior Marketing Executive. - (09/2003 – 04/ 2005) Leader Investment (Pvt) Ltd (Forex) Presented for real-time Forex trading advisory services to clients, ensuring they gain maximum return on investment & won customer confidence, reduced & resolved complained, ensured that all clients data was safely stored. build network with top line customers. I was an active part of the team in opening new branch office in Kandy City and led trained & motivated team to manage profitability. Chairman / Managing Director - (12/2001 – 09/2003) AMS Holdings (“SAP” Tea) Responsible for the launched “SAP” brand of tea and negotiated the longer payment terms with suppliers, reduced short expired return stock and saved money, ensured the optimal brand visibility of "SAP" tea. Improved overall penetration of “SAP” range of tea southern provincial area, suburbs of Colombo as well as some of identified super market in the country and maximized sales and streamlined the route plan. Established to worked as a Group Internal Audit Assistant at Sumathi Holdings & presented new findings to the Mgt.- (03/2000 -12/ 2001) During my career as an Audit Trainee at B.R.de Silva & Company, I have managed to visit varies types of companies - (04/1997 - 03/2000) Produced Student at St. Aloysius College – Galle, Sri Lanka (1979 – 1993)
I am passionate about my work. Because I love what I do, I have a steady source of motivation that drives me to do my best. In my last job, this passion led me to challenge myself daily and learn new skills that helped me to do better work. I am ambitious and driven. I thrive on challenges and constantly set goals for myself, so I have something to strive toward. I’m not comfortable settling, and I’m always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness. I am an excellent communicator. I pride myself on making sure people have the right information because it drives better results. Most business issues stem from poor communication, so I feel a responsibility to keep everyone on the same page. I am results-oriented, constantly checking in with the goal to determine how close or how far away we are and what it will take to make it happen. I find this pressure inspiring and a great motivator for the rest of the team. I am highly organized. I always take notes, and I use a series of tools to help myself stay on top of deadlines. I like to keep a clean workspace and create a logical filing method, so I’m always able to find what I need. I find this increases efficiency and helps the rest of the team stay on track, too. I’m a people-person. I love meeting new people and learning about their lives and their backgrounds. I can almost always find common ground with strangers, and I like making people feel comfortable in my presence.
I am a fun loving guy! I am a lover of spirituality, people, animals, arts, music, philosophy, psychology, books and technology! My hometown is in Elsies River, a small community in Cape Town, where I am currently residing as well. In primary school, I was bullied for reasons which at that time I could make sense of but do now. My need to fit in helped me discover my love for chess and classical music. I was ''religiously'' brought up in the Christian tradition until it stopped serving me around 2012 completely. I was completely lost, especially after my mom's passing in 2011 from which I asked the question to myself that there must be more to life than earthly wealth because I simply discovered that it doesn't bring the happiness that my parents and society told me. I knew that there must be more to life. My deep need to help my family after my mom's passing led my to cut my investment banking career in Johannesburg as a quant very short. I follow the Buddhist way life as best as I can because it helps me understand the nature of my own suffering and of others. I simply hate to see people suffer. I try to help people in which ever way I can. I finished a Bsc in Mathematics and Statistics, honours in Computational Finance and an incomplete MSc. I worked as a Senior Fund Accountant mostly. I am a part-time musician and love dancing. I love people but I am more introverted. I mostly prefer my own company. I am too sensitive lol. I love teaching as well! I was a part-time lecturer in Statistics, but I tutored maths from my second year. This also helped myself and parents. My hard work helped me to get scholarhips to cover the rest of my studies. I worked as a barman. I am a part-time musician. Played in the Cape Town Youth Philharmonic and my music center's symphony orchestras. I love and thank all my teachers! Everyone is generally my teacher. A little more about my childhood. It was ok with the usual joyful moments and traumas. I did what my parents expected and was occasionally rewarded. I attended school in my community until my need for better education and passion for music landed me a scholarship to go to any school of my choice. This all happened in the middle of my high school career. The switch opened my eyes. Better education where suddenly from the one of the top students at my old high school to the weakest. But I was welcomed nevertheless by all! As a member of the LGBTI community, it created a loving safe space to come out to.
Our palm collecting began some thirty years ago, when we became members of the Palm & Cycad Society of QLD. In 1987, we decided to create a nursery and called it Coast Road Palms, at the time our address was Coast Road, so we went with this. A few years ago, the street name was changed to Bennett Springs Drive. We were proud of how we began, many of our old customers would remember the dusty gravel road before we had development around us. We decided to keep our business name and not change with the new street name. Planting began in 1987, even before we built our home. A cyclone fence went up, a bore was sunk, reticulation put down and the planting started. We had a lot of help from friends who volunteered (they probably thought we were crazy at the time), but they never doubted because anyone who knew my husband, Lou, knew that he was a determined person who once he set his mind to things, there was no going back. I suppose it was his courage and determination that pulled us through. In 1988/89, we were hit by a severe frost that at the time almost wiped out all our stock. Many nurseries were in the same boat. We kept going, not looking back. At the time, Lou was also working full time at another work place, so he had two full time jobs going. One nightshift and one dayshift. Finally, in 1995 he made a break and decided to work full time in our nursery, by then we had developed a good clientele. Some of our original customers have remained friends and often visit and have a chat about old times and how it all began. Over the following years, we have continued planting and collecting and are still collecting today. We are always interested in something new and rare and know that although it may not grow here in Perth we are always willing to give it a go, after all it is a challenge.
Wattleup Nursery has over 20 years of extensive knowledge and experience in the nursery business. We have a rare and beautiful Palms, Cycads and plants from around the world. Wattleup believes in personal service. We love sharing our knowledge and will happily provide you with advice and answer your queries. The stock we carry, is all tried and tested, healthy and water wise. Every garden that is designed is unique to you. Just building your new house or moved into an existing home and don’t know where to start with your garden? Your garden is a reflection of who you are, but it is sometimes overwhelming when there are so many things to consider. At Wattleup we can help you get the look you want, the mood you want. We also help you create the style you want and also creating the atmosphere for a great garden.
People don’t grow plants. Plants grow people. That’s the way we see it. From the moment you first put your fingers into soil. Your life changes. Mind calmer. Body stronger. A little spot to call your own. At Sproutl, we believe that gardening should be open to all. Who cares if you’ve never picked up a trowel before? This is gardening made easy. To us, a garden can be as small as a windowsill, or a tiny rented patio. (Though a 1 acre plot is fine by us too.) Your first wonky carrot. Sweet peas in a jar by the bed. This is life-changing stuff. A lifelong love affair between you and nature. That starts the moment you plant something. Our Mission: to demystify gardening and make it accessible to all. We believe in gardening made easy. The best plants and products, sitting alongside advice, inspiration, easy-to-shop edits, and high profile limited edition collections. Bringing plants and products seamlessly from phone to door, in a fun and accessible way. It’s gardening for a new generation. We’re a diverse, passionate, hard-working, fun and humble team of 25+ people. We’re committed to achieving great success together, celebrating our individualism and challenging each other to go further. We leave our ego at the door, bring our curious minds to work, and trust each other to get stuff done. No two days are the same as we work to help the nation.
I am 56 years old and love life ! and am engaged to a wonderful man and we have been together for 9 years. I have 1 son who lives in Houston, Texas with his lovely wife and my 2 beautiful grandchildren. I have 1 sister who is sadly disabled. She has Motor Neuron Disease and is paralysed from the neck down. She has had this debilitating illness since 1998. I care very deeply for her and continue to walk this hard, painful journey with her. I would love to one day open up a strung of Care Homes called Mandy in honour of her. Watching your disabled sister struggle every day has been heartbreaking but through this I have learnt the art of caring, giving and kindness. To be able to help and be there for those less fortunate than you is a heartwarming experience and exceptionally rewarding. My passion is travelling – I absolutely LOVE IT ! My sport is Golf and because I have such an adventurous, extrovert personality I also love a lot of other things like Boating, Fishing, Cooking, Drinking wine and socialising. The list is so long because I am always willing to try new things and experience new places. I am an extrovert in personality and love bringing out the best in people. My profession at the moment is a Key accounts Manager for a Surgical Equipment company. I have been with them for 14 years. I have vast experience in Sales and Customer service and represent my company by calling on all Hospitals – Private and Provincial – throughout the entire Eastern Cape. I work with doctor’s in theatre and am skilled in the sale of Medical Equipment for Trauma, Gynie, Urology, General Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, Gastro-Enterology, Ultrasound etc. Prior to being a Surgical Rep I was a Medical Rep for 20 years calling on General Practioners, Pharmacists and Physicians selling Pharmaceutical Drugs. I also have experience in the setting up of Vaccine Clinics and GIT Units. My passion is service and looking after my customers. I love to make a difference in everything that I do and work hard. I love to make people smile ! I am a great organiser and get things done. I am very loyal in business and in my private life and am committed to whatever I sign up for. You will always be able to rely on me. I would say that I am a Spiritual person. I have a genuine passion for seeking out the truth of all things. and placing myself on a sacred path of self discovery. I learn every day and try to live my life with a curious, grateful heart. I believe we can all be kind if we want to be and we can all make a difference in someone’s life if we want to. I want to make a difference in the world ! I know I can.
In 2003, Cecilia and Grant Jefferys opened Bloomingdales Garden Centre in Durban. They wanted to provide an urban oasis for their customers that boasts a garden, an urban farm, and a farm-to-table restaurant. The Jefferys have built their business on a commitment to sustainable farming methods, good food, and a positive environment. Bloomingdales Garden Centre offers a huge variety of plants, pavers, edging, fertilizers, pots, water features, garden ornaments, They also offer landscaping services, instant lawn, and other items to help you create your dream garden.
Since 2004, Westville North Garden Centre has been home to an impressive collection of plants, gardening tools and supplies. This suburban garden centre located in the Westville North area is filled with everything you need to create your own little oasis. The centre boasts a range of plants and flowers, including perennials, trees and shrubs, vegetables, seedlings, and even a garden shop. In addition to plants, you'll find a selection of gardening tools. Their local roots have kept them grounded and community-focused. Westville North Garden Centre is proud to provide quality plants and products, and the highest level of customer service you’ve come to expect from a local business that has blossomed into a full-fledged Garden Center.
My name is Luis Guillermo Castro Martin. I am a philosopher specialized in philosophy of mind and language. In particular, I am interested in the nature of consciousness, and the way in which we experience and interpret the world. I started my studies at the Central University of Venezuela in 2006, where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (2011) and a master’s degree in logic and philosophy of science (2015). In 2012, the university offered me a position as a professor of philosophy and I taught several courses there until 2017, when I enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Genoa, Italy. I have also published several papers in philosophy journals and participated in various international events. In 2020, while writing my PhD thesis, I realized that I had been immersed in philosophy for too long and decided to use my experience to rejoin the real world. In my years studying philosophy, I have learned many things, but the most important is that the world is what we make of it, there is no ultimate truth, no final word. We create our reality. Knowledge has somehow separated us from others and nature, perhaps it can also reunite us. Although I was born in Venezuela, my family is a blending of different nationalities and traditions. I have lived and studied in different countries, which are all part of who I am and what I want to be. My actions define me, not my nationality or my origins. I do not believe in borders or limits; they are only in our minds. The sensation of not belonging can be liberating, once we realize that, by not belonging somewhere, we belong everywhere. I speak three languages (Spanish, English, and Italian) and I enjoy learning from other cultures, as well as transmitting the values of my own. I also enjoy music, sports and nature.
Bromeliads Southern Africa is a plant nursery specializing in Bromeliads, owned and managed by avid Gardener, Orchid and Bromeliad collector Maggie Vergottini. The nursery is situated in the Garden Route Area of South Africa, in the coastal town of Mossel Bay. The town is a popular holiday destination with great scenics and other cultural gems. If you are a bromeliad lover, you can visit us in Mossel Bay and also experience its beauty. The selling premises are in centre of Mosselbay while the cultivating tunnels are 48 km west of Mossel Bay on the Vergottini’s family farm Blandsdrift where they also breed rare game. The premises are open to the public on Wednesdays, but viewings can be arranged on other days by appointment.
Visit The Nursery situated in Mossel Bay where you will find succulents to seedlings, garden art, Fynbos, pebbles and so much more. We have a great variety of strong, healthy plants just waiting for you to take them home.
TOT U DIENS offers garden services in the whole Garden Route with its headquarters in Mossel Bay. But what makes TOT U DIENS stand out is it is open 24 hours. TOT U DIENS offers tree felling, removal of trees. We do full garden cleanups and planting of grass. This is what one of our clients had to say "Ricardo and his team are some of the hardest working crew I've had the pleasure of working with. Come rain or shine they will get the job done and no job is too big or too small. Thanks guys for going out of your way to give my garden a makeover. I highly recommend these guys." There is nothing in your garden we can't do.
We exist to help in the creation of lovely gardens, either by us or anyone else, for everyone to enjoy, be the owners, visitors, children, grandparents or even ill-behaved pets. Those that dig up lawns can keep us in work! The roots of Capital Gardens, an independent business, go back to 1981 when a landscape business was started in Battersea. This has now grown into London’s leading independent gardening company with five garden centres, a website along with a garden maintenance business. Our garden centres are located in London at Alexandra Palace (North West London), Wandsworth (South West London) and outside London at Berkhamsted, Sherfield-on-Loddon (just north of Basingstoke) and Studley Green (north-west of High Wycombe). At the centres we strive continually to offer you a diverse and large collection of plants throughout the seasons, suited to our country’s varied climate and seasons. The goods shown on our website are for sale only through the centres. So we don’t offer goods for sale through our website, but we do operate a delivery service local to our centres and for customers who may need the service each centre offers a ‘telephone order and collect service’. If you are near our centres please visit these for the goods displayed on the website, but check before coming please that they are in stock. We hope your experience at Capital Gardens is productive and enjoyable – resulting from our continual efforts to provide plants and goods that offer value for money without compromising quality and a service that encourages people to visit us again. Colin, the current managing director, started the business and it rests on him and his well-established team to see that when you engage with Capital Gardens you are given the best possible help to get plants and products for the garden to enable you to keep your garden as you want it. At Capital Gardens, we believe that we have a duty to adhere to good environmental practice, and operate in a sustainable manner. As lovers of plants and the environment, it is only natural for us to want to reduce man’s impact wherever possible.
1904 was a landmark year for the industry and for the business which was to become the current-day Blue Diamond Group. In its earliest 'guise', Blue Diamond originally emerged as the Fruit Export Company on the beautiful island of Guernsey, Channel Islands. The company was created by a group of prominent local businessmen whose family links still feature today. John W. Dorey was appointed manager and his son, Percy, was company secretary. The latter proved to be the driving force of the Fruit Export Company. The company's founders displayed their business skills at an early stage when they acquired a distribution company in the UK with agents scaling the length and breadth of England. This network became the backbone of Fruit Export's success in getting tomatoes to market. A further stroke of ingenuity saw the company buy wicker baskets locally and go on to commission the manufacture of huge numbers of wooden baskets and then tomato trays. Today, Blue Diamond is recognised as a genuine Guernsey success story and continues to be owned and managed on the island, with plants still at the heart of the business. Blue Diamond now employs around 3,000 people at its Head Office and 30 garden centres across the UK & Channel Islands.
Cherry Lane Garden Centres throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Yorkshire represent a new wave of specialist horticultural and leisure retailing. As part of the QD Group, the Garden Centres are committed to offering the best value as a matter of course. Expert staff and buyers ensure that quality and stock throughout the year is consistently high. As well as a huge selection of plants, trees and shrubs, Cherry Lane Garden Centres stock extensive ranges of garden furniture, gardening clothing and footwear, gardening accessories, sheds and garden ornaments. There are specialist Cherry Lane Aquatic Centres at South View, Fritton and Pulham Market near Diss which stock a large range of fish as well as indoor and outdoor aquatic accessories.
Cape Garden, Joostenbergvlakte, was opened in 1996. It has evolved into the largest Garden Centre in the Western Cape. Our second branch outside Stellenbosch opened in October 2004, and our third branch in Somerset West in 2016. We are a family run business, dedicated to giving you the best quality and prices available. By growing our own plants in Vredendal and producing our own pots and water features at our factories, we are able to pursue our passion for good value. We carry a wide selection of plants, pots, pavers, water features, garden furniture and other garden decor. We are also constantly bringing in new, cost-effective, quality merchandise. We have products to please the whole family all year round.
In 1962, Robert Stodel took a leap of faith to follow his dream: leaving his corporate career to start a gardening business. His humble beginnings, selling via a mail order catalogue, door to door visits and even out of his van on the Grand Parade, speak volumes about the man who built Stodels step-by-step into a thriving chain of award-winning garden centres around the Western Cape. The first Stodels Garden Centre opened in Kenilworth in 1968, followed by Stodels Bellville (where HQ is situated today) in 1973. Since 2005, with the opening of Stodels Milnerton, the company has been on an expansion strategy, opening Stodels Constantia in March 2012 and Stodels Somerset West in August 2012. Award-winning nursery with five stores in the Western Cape and two in Gauteng. We're dedicated to the people who are dedicated to their gardens! Award-winning nursery with five stores in the Western Cape and two in Gauteng. We're dedicated to the people who are dedicated to their gardens!
With a hearty amount of exquisite plants, garden and home décor, accessories, hardware and tools; our team of passionate experts, creatives and enthusiasts collaborate to create the kind of environment where you come to feed your soul! Unique and Inspiring Garden Centre in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg; offering garden and home enhancement products. From plants, to trees, garden care, tools, decor, gifting, hardware along with professional advice and information services on all gardening related queries and problems.
Moglie, madre, nonna, Paola Thaon di Revel ama i fiori e la natura. L'eredità è il suo background. È cresciuta in una famiglia dove la disciplina militare era un dato di fatto, così come la voglia di divertirsi. Sei sorelle e un fratello, in una grande villa chiamata “Cimena”, dove molti sono venuti in visita: da Umberto I, agli americani colti, ai vicini Bruni Tedeschi sulla stessa collina. Una vita dedicata al marito, Franco Reviglio e ai tre figli con tanti spostamenti e viaggi, in tutto il mondo. Oggi, i sette nipoti e la casa di campagna, regalano giornate intensamente soddisfacenti. Wife, mother, grandmother, Paola Thaon di Revel loves flowers and nature. Heritage is her background. She grew up in a family where military discipline was a given, as well as the desire to have fun. Six sisters and one brother, in a large villa called “Cimena”, and everyone came to visit: from Umberto I, to educated Americans, to the Bruni Tedeschi neighbours on the same hill. A life dedicated to her husband, Franco Reviglio and the three children with many moves and travels, all over the world. Today, the seven grandchildren and country house, make for intensely satisfying days.
Die GLS Bank ist in Deutschland die Refernz für sozial und ökologisches Banking. Wer bei der GLS Bank Kunde ist, kann sich sicher sein, dass sein Geld dazu beiträgt die Zukunft zu gestalten, die wir uns alle wüsnchen. Investitionen gehen in eigens sehr strickt aufgelegte Fonds welche das 1.5°C Ziel bereits erfüllen. Keine Kinderarbeit, keine Waffen, kein Genforschung oder andere negativ Themen - sondern erneuerbare Energien, Soziales und Kultur, ökologische Landwirtschaft, Ernährung, nachhaltige Wirtschaft und weitere positiv beitragende Vorhaben werden ausschließlich unterstützt. Als Kunde bei der Bank trägt man dazu bei, dass ausschließlich diese positiven Projekte gefördert werden. Der strickte Zuspruch zu sozial und ökologischen Projekten wird bei allen Produkten, die ein Kunde von seiner Bank kennt (Baugredite, Firmenkredite, Altersovrsorge, Anlagen, Investitionen etc) unabweichlich eingehalten. Privatpersonen, Firmen und Vereine werden darüber hinaus aktiv unterstützt ihrn eigenen Impact zu verbessern. Die GLS Bank ist eine Universal-Bank, bei welcher man nahezu alle Finanzdienstleistungen in Anspruch nehmen kann - jedoch immer unter einer strickten sozial, ökologischen und nachhaltigen Perspektive. Die Bank ist überwiegend in Deutschland tätig. Es können alle Dienste online wahrgenommen werden und es gibt mehrere Filialen für den persönlichen Besuch. Desweiteren besticht die Bank durch Ihre Rechtsform, die Genossenschaft. Die mitgleiderbestimmte Gesellschaftsform ist darauf gegründet in Gemeinschaft einen gesellschaftlich positiven Beitrag zu leisten. Mit der GLS Bank gibt es keinen Bedarf mehr als Privatperson sowie Firma bei einer konventionellen Bank zu sein und indirekt Umweltvernichtende Projekte zu unterstützen. Die GLS Bank bietet den vollumassenden Banken-Service mit reinem und ehrlichem guten Gewissen. Klimaschutz kann so einfach sein: Werde jetzt Mitglied bei der GLS Bank. The GLS Bank is the reference for social and ecological banking in Germany. Anyone who is a customer of GLS Bank can be sure that their money will help shape the future that we all want. Investments are made in specially designed funds that already meet the 1.5 ° C target. No child labor, no weapons, no genetic research or other negative topics - only renewable energies, social affairs and culture, ecological agriculture, nutrition, sustainable economy and other positively contributing projects are exclusively supported. As a customer at the bank, you help ensure that only these positive projects are funded. The strict encouragement to social and ecological projects is inevitably complied with for all products that a customer knows from their bank (building loans, corporate loans, old-age provision, systems, investments, etc.). Private individuals, companies and associations are also actively supported to improve their own impact. The GLS Bank is a universal bank, where you can take advantage of almost all financial services - but always under a strict social, ecological and sustainable perspective. The bank operates predominantly in Germany. All services can be used online and there are several branches for personal visits. Furthermore, the bank impresses with its legal form, the cooperative. The member-determined form of society is based on making a socially positive contribution in community. With the GLS Bank, there is no longer any need to be a private person or company with a conventional bank and indirectly support environmentally damaging projects. GLS Bank offers the full banking service with a clear and honest good conscience. Climate protection can be so easy: become a member of GLS Bank now.
Hans-Juergen Wiegand is a man who lives his work passions and family, with determination. A philanthropist, who has held important positions in the chemical and automotive world, in particular with Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz). He loves to travel, attaining knowledge and experience from different cultures. These experiences have shaped him, with a particular acumen in recognizing the best in human beings. Hans thrives on helping young people, to realize their dreams, as he has realized his own. Hans is an inspirational leader, with the competence to restructure and transform organizations. He is very flexible with people, and stands like a rock when it comes to principles. Whatever happens, he will always stay positive.
Vera Luciani has been designing and building bio-lakes, bio-pools and gardens for more than twenty years in close contact with nature, where water and plants together achieve perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape. Functionality is combined with the aesthetic aspect and respect for the environment. The space thus becomes a welcoming theater of daily life where you can enjoy nature in all its forms. Owner since 2003 of the homonymous company specializing in the design and construction of gardens and bio-lakes, among the first in Italy to successfully propose the inclusion of natural pools, bio-lakes and salt pools in private parks and gardens. Expert in bioengineering for green applications, in the knowledge of aquatic plants and their maintenance. The bio-lake is a natural swimming pool, a bathing and eco-sustainable body of water. The quality of bathing is guaranteed exclusively by biological and mechanical treatment, through phytodepuration and the use of specific techniques. What distinguishes it from traditional pools is therefore the total absence of chemicals for water purification, which is clean and pleasant on the skin thanks to the action of plants and a specially designed technical system. The bio-lake is a living pool, which does not require emptying or winter coverings. Vera Luciani designs her gardens as unique places, designed to pause, reflect and enrich the soul. It is four hands with the customer that Vera Luciani transforms and designs spaces following the rhythms of the seasons, seeking harmony in the composition of shapes, essences, design, to immerse herself in a scenario that takes on the value of a unique and lived experience. The garden as a starting point for a quality of living that can affect health and well-being, understood as a shared balance between man and the environment. Resilient and sustainable habitat, capable of integrating organically with the context, in visual relationship with the rest of the landscape.
Italia che Cambia è un’associazione di promozione sociale e una testata giornalistica registrata. Raccontiamo, mappiamo e mettiamo in rete chi produce un cambiamento positivo dal basso del nostro paese, in una direzione di maggiore sostenibilità ed equità economica, sociale, ambientale, culturale. talia che cambia è un progetto che vuole raccontare, mappare e mettere in rete quel pezzo di paese che di fronte a un problema si attiva per cambiare concretamente le cose senza delegare o aspettare che qualcuno lo faccia al suo posto. Vuole inoltre offrire strumenti di facilitazione dei processi di trasformazione positiva in atto nel Paese con l’obiettivo di far emergere le potenzialità di coloro che “vogliono cambiare” fornendo l’esempio, il know how e il supporto della rete di progetti già in atto. Il tutto ispirato dalla consapevolezza/visione espressa da Paul Hawken nel suo “Moltitudine inarrestabile”: noi siamo già maggioranza, ma non lo sappiamo. Pensiamo di essere soli e sole, isolati e isolate, “strani”, e invece siamo parte di un grande movimento mondiale. Un movimento silenzioso e frammentato che però è pronto a emergere e mostrarsi in tutte le sue sfaccettature. Il nostro obiettivo, quindi, è duplice: da un lato far emergere questa italica moltitudine – che abbiamo potuto incontrare in anni di incontri in giro per le venti regioni italiane – e dall’altro contribuire alla costruzione di un nuovo paradigma culturale che metta al centro la demercificazione della realtà, le relazioni umane, la facilitazione, i processi non giudicanti, la sostenibilità umana, ambientale, economica e sociale. Per farlo abbiamo realizzato un giornale, una mappa, dei portali territoriali e una campagna di attivazione dei territori attraverso le proposte emerse dalle “visioni 2040”. La visione e i valori che hanno dato vita al progetto Italia che Cambia sono racchiusi nei “Sette Sentieri” che sono quindi alla base della selezione delle realtà presenti nella mappa e delle notizie proposte ogni giorno. Sette sentieri di transizione verso una società più equa, giusta e sostenibile. I vari punti non li abbiamo scelti noi dal nulla: ci sono stati segnalati, raccontati, trasmessi dalle realtà che abbiamo incontrato lungo il cammino. Li abbiamo voluti scrivere, raggruppandoli e organizzandoli per rendere espliciti gli obiettivi e gli ideali che ci muovono e che stanno alla base del nostro progetto. Non sono dei punti di partenza ma di arrivo. Le realtà che raccontiamo, che abbiamo incontrato e che potete trovare sulla mappa, pur seguendo ciascuna il suo sentiero particolare, condividono con noi questo percorso e mirano verso la stessa meta. Inoltre grazie ad un lavoro che nel 2015 ha coinvolto oltre 100 ambasciatori e ambasciatrici, rappresentanti di altrettante associazioni, comitati, imprese, università, istituzioni, abbiamo scritto 17 documenti di visione/azione per cambiare l’Italia. Li abbiamo chiamati Visioni 2040 e vanno ad integrare, approfondendoli, gli elementi che emergono dai Sette Sentieri. Nel marzo 2018 è uscito il libro “E ora si cambia”, che raccoglie i documenti riassunti ed aggiornati, a cura di Andrea Degl’Innocenti e Daniel Tarozzi.
La Cooperativa Petraviva: cuore e natura per un progetto condiviso da un gruppo di giovani professionisti, un sogno ed una realtà. Tutela dell’ambiente, produzione di fruttiferi di Sicilia, conservazione della biodiversità, interpretazione ambientale e promozione delle tradizioni: tutto questo è la Cooperativa Petraviva Madonie… un progetto per le Madonie… una finestra che si affaccia sul mondo delle opportunità di sviluppo derivanti dalla difesa della natura, secondo le linee della moderna economia, la green economy e perché la biodiversità costituisce infatti il nostro capitale naturale, alla base della vita e dell’economia. Ma anche valore alla cultura e alla storia agroalimentare dei luoghi e delle tradizioni che con la gestione di Villa Sgadari concessa da parte dell´Ente Parco delle Madonie, fa di questo gruppo di lavoro un volano di diffusione culturale a 360° che intende portare avanti un progetto integrale e integrato! Tra progetti per la scuola e diffusione culturale, progetti sulla biodiversità e recupero delle specie vegetali da frutto, eventi di promozione culturale, Petraviva si inserisce orgogliosa nello sviluppo locale ed economia del territorio delle aree interne Siciliane. Il vivaio Petraviva Madonie nasce con l’obiettivo di salvaguardare la biodiversità e i sapori della frutta antica dimenticata. La riproduzione in vivaio permette il rinnovamento del patrimonio vegetale, con particolare attenzione alle peculiarità territoriali Siciliane. L’esperienza di ricerca, localizzazione, raccolta e conservazione delle varietà antiche da frutto della Sicilia, condotta dai soci della Cooperativa in collaborazione prima con il Dipartimento di Botanica dell’Ateneo Palermitano e adesso con il C.I.R.I.T.A. (Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche sulla Interazione Tecnologia-Ambiente) Università degli Studi di Palermo sono alla base della nostra esperienza imprenditoriale vivaistica. La Cooperativa Petraviva Madonie crede nell’importanza di rafforzare il legame tra sistema scolastico e il mondo del lavoro attraverso azioni informative mirate e percorsi progettuali sperimentali come quelli attivati durante l’anno scolastico 2015-2016. Inoltre la Cooperativa Petraviva Madonie è interessata a favorire e sostenere la ricerca di possibili strategie per migliorare gli esiti delle prestazioni degli studenti nelle discipline Tecnico-Professionali, con un’attenzione particolare alle esperienze laboratoriali, così come previsto e richiesto dalla riforma scolastica; puntando ad un innalzamento complessivo delle competenze in rapporto agli standard europei. Gli studenti possono operare scelte consapevoli soltanto attraverso un’adeguata informazione sulle opportunità offerte sia dal mercato del lavoro che dal sistema di istruzione e formazione, onde prevenire e contrastare i fenomeni di abbandono e dispersione.
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Mandy Shrimpton is the quintessential people’s person. Mandy believes that success is measured by the quality of our human-relationships rather than the results we manifest through sheer will. Mandy firmly established herself as the heart of the non-profit organisation that she co-founded and ran with her adoring husband for 17 years. Mandy loves walking in nature with her family, hugging trees, and preserving the environment. She also enjoys being creative and is particularly fond of painting flowers. As a very happily married and devoted mother to four children, Mandy has cultivated a deep appreciation for the culinary arts and relishes the spare moments she gets to watch her favourite cooking shows. This initiative reflects how Mandy sees the world, helping to create positive synergy. Fostering unity and courteous community, building partner relationships and motivating affiliates. Born and bred in Africa, Mandy understands the concept of Ubuntu. I am, because we are. Together we can make the world a better place. Using her skills and experience to make a difference. Helping others see through the fog of new technologies, avoid common marketing mistakes and develop better business strategies. With a subtle blend of motherhood and effective project management, Mandy is the perfect professional partner, to show others the merits of this initiative. Shining a light on the path to prosperity, while not losing our footing in family values and humble humanity. Sharing is caring, while enriching ourselves spiritually and materially. We cannot give freely, if we don't have. "Sometimes the world makes more sense, through the eyes of a mother. Using protective instinct and family fortitude, to help one another." ~ Mandy Shrimpton
Orti Generali si trova in un parco fluviale, sulle rive del torrente Sangone, nel quartiere Mirafiori sud nella città di Torino, a cinque minuti dal capolinea del tram quattro. Prima un parco in abbandono con un’area agricola residuale, oggi un parco di orti urbani aperto a cittadini e visitatori grazie ad un bando di concessione della Città di Torino. COME SOSTENIBILITÀ AMBIENTALE Si coltiva esclusivamente con metodo biologico. Nell’area reintroduciamo alberi di varietà antiche, con una speciale attenzione alle piante che favoriscono la ripopolazione d'insetti impollinatori. INNOVAZIONE TECNOLOGICA Sperimentiamo la tecnologia al servizio dell’ambiente: per ridurre lo spreco di acqua, una centralina rileva meteo, umidità, temperatura locali, e aziona all’occorrenza un impianto d'irrigazione centralizzato per tutti gli orti. SOSTENIBILITÀ SOCIALE Ospitiamo borse lavoro e tirocini formativi, in particolare per soggetti svantaggiati. In collaborazione con l’ASL e con associazioni, realizziamo percorsi riabilitativi e di ortoterapia. SUPPORTO ALLA COLTIVAZIONE Proponiamo un sito con il calendario delle colture, schede delle piante e alert per avvisarvi quando è il momento dei trattamenti biologici preventivi. Sarete sempre assistiti dallo staff presente tra gli orti o raggiungibile telefonicamente. PERCHÉ Orti Generali nasce con l’obiettivo di costruire un modello d'impresa sociale per la trasformazione e la gestione di aree agricole residuali cittadine. Il progetto è l’esito di un percorso di 4 anni di progettazione partecipata che ha coinvolto scuole, associazioni, ortolani e abitanti di Mirafiori → Miraorti. Grazie alle sue componenti d'innovazione sociale e tecnologica Orti Generali vince il bando indetto dal MIUR Smart cities and Communities and Social Innovation e dal 2016 al 2019 ha avviato una fase di ricerca supervisionata dall’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia. CHI Orti Generali è un progetto dell’Associazione Coefficiente Clorofilla, oggi Orti Generale APS, ed è curato da Stefano Olivari e Matteo Baldo. Stefano, diplomato all’École du Paysage di Versailles, ha scelto la riqualificazione delle sponde del torrente Sangone per la sua tesi. Già ideatore del progetto Miraorti, oggi è un affermato paesaggista. Matteo, educatore professionale e dottore magistrale in Sociologia, ha scelto l’orticoltura urbana, con indagini esplorative e quantitative sul progetto Miraorti ed il parco agricolo del Sangone. Il progetto è nato da un’idea di Isabella Devecchi, e grazie al prezioso aiuto di Marco Bottignole.
La passione di Marco, nasce 15 anni fa: "I primi sette esemplari mi erano stati portati dal veterinario condotto del comune". Da quella piccola riserva ha preso il via una ricerca che non ha risparmiato nemmeno gli angoli più nascosti del globo. Oggi il vivaio dei fratelli Gramaglia è uno dei più forniti in Europa. Marco, 60 anni, uno dei massimi esperti del settore, nel 1999 fu anche invitato a Parigi per mettere in mostra le sue creature. "Tutto nasce dalla curiosità, se non sei curioso non puoi fare il vivaista - assicura - Di peperone (così chiama tutte le varietà di peperoncino, Ndr) al mondo ne esistono tremila tipi: sono il frutto degli incroci di 23 specie, ognuna delle quali sintetizza sostanze chimiche diverse. È così che ho scoperto che i peperoni esistono di tutti i colori, anche viola e nero, ma non blu". L'attività di Gramaglia non è dedicata solo ai peperoni. Il vivaio, un fazzoletto di terra di medie dimensioni a due passi dalla Dora, si occupa solo di piante aromatiche e medicinali, un settore in cui rientrano anche i peperoncini per le loro proprietà antiossidanti. La specializzazione è anche la forza di un'attività radicata che dal 1896 ha già dato lavoro a quattro generazioni di Gramaglia. "In questo settore le aziende che si specializzano sono quelle che riescono a sopravvivere meglio alla crisi". La parola d'ordine è stupire e Marco, che nell'animo è anche un uomo di marketing prestato all'agricoltura, lo sa: per questo ai suoi clienti propone tradizionali salvia e timo ma anche vere rarità, come una pianta malgascia dalle foglie frizzanti. "Bisogna incuriosire", assicura pensando alla sua clientela composta al 90 per cento da consumatori finali, appassionati di orticoltura o sostenitori del fai-da-te biologico. E di sicuro stupisce la sua personale collezione di piante velenose. "Non saranno commestibili, ma sono bellissime". Oggi il vivaio dei fratelli Gramaglia è uno dei vivai collezionisti di piante aromatiche più importanti e prestigiosi in Europa. Marco's passion was born 15 years ago: "The first seven specimens were brought to me by the veterinarian who was led by the municipality". From that small reserve a search has begun that has not spared even the most hidden corners of the globe. Today the Gramaglia brothers' nursery is one of the best supplied in Europe. Marco, 60, one of the leading experts in the sector, was also invited to Paris in 1999 to show off his creatures. "Everything stems from curiosity, if you are not curious you cannot be a nurseryman - he assures - There are three thousand types of pepper (as he calls all the varieties of chili pepper, Ed.) In the world: they are the result of the crossings of 23 species, each of which synthesizes different chemicals. That's how I discovered that peppers come in all colors, even purple and black, but not blue. " Gramaglia's business is not just dedicated to peppers. The nursery, a medium-sized patch of land a stone's throw from the Dora, deals only with aromatic and medicinal plants, a sector that also includes chillies for their antioxidant properties. Specialization is also the strength of a deep-rooted activity that since 1896 has already given work to four generations of Gramaglia. "In this sector, the companies that specialize are the ones that manage to survive the crisis best". The watchword is to amaze and Marco, who at heart is also a marketing man lent to agriculture, knows this: for this reason he offers his customers traditional sage and thyme but also real rarities, like a Malagasy plant with sparkling leaves. "We have to intrigue", he assures, thinking of his clientele made up of 90 per cent end consumers, horticultural enthusiasts or supporters of organic do-it-yourself. And he certainly amazes his personal collection of poisonous plants. "They won't be edible, but they're beautiful." Today the nursery of the Gramaglia brothers is one of the most important and prestigious nursery collectors of aromatic plants in Europe.
Da anni, il Vivaio Anna Peyron è un giardino in cui crescono e si moltiplicano delle piante. Certo, quando andrete in vivaio troverete rose, ortensie e clematis in vaso: da comprare. Ma vedrete anche (e soprattutto) come diventa la pianta adulta, quanto spazio richiede e con quali altre piante meglio si accompagna. E troverete chi vi suggerisce come adattare la pianta al giardino. E voi alla pianta. Cosa potete aspettarvi da una rosa, ad esempio? A cosa invece è bene rinunciare, per non andare incontro a delusioni? Dovete potare o potete dimenticare le cesoie? E come concimare? Anna Peyron, Saskia Pellion di Persano, Vincenzo Gastini, vi daranno una risposta a tutte queste domande e a tante altre ancora che potrete verificare sul campo. Perché il vivaio comincia là dove finisce il giardino. O viceversa. E troverete arredi e ornamenti, perché anche quelli fanno parte di un giardino. Vecchi mobili, vasi e complementi d'arredo, presentati in vivaio dal Labirinto del Giardiniere. Sarà un'occasione per scegliere, insieme alle piante, tutto ciò che fa diventare il giardino un piacere. Anna ha cominciato con le rose ed è diventata una delle più importanti esperte oggi in Europa e nel mondo.
With thirteen hectares of parkland and a great heritage of monumental trees, Levico SPA park is the most important historical park of the Province of Trento. Its history dates back to the end of the 19th century and is closely linked to the establishment of Levico Terme as a spa town of European standing. The construction of the “Grand Hotel delle Terme” was the first step in a major transformation involving the German landscape-gardener Georg Ziehl (1873 - 1953) who transformed an area of countryside into a large informal design park. At the end of the 19th century many tree species in vogue in the nineteenthcentury parks had been planted: Sequoiadendron giganteum, the giant sequoia of California, Magnolia sempervirens the great white-flowered magnolia, Fagus sylvatica 'purpurea', the monumental red beech that still today dominates the area at the entrance to the main promenade, cedars and redwood trees. After many years and a restoration project, at the end of October 2018 the Vaia storm caused serious damages to the park: 216 large trees were uprooted and three hectares of lawns and flower beds were destroyed. Immediately the works for the recovery started, a project has been approved and is now in an advanced stage of realization. The park has been reshaped and some of its botanical and landscape values strengthened. In the park of Levico today we find a new birch wood, a new collection of conifers and many deciduous trees with characteristic colored foliage. In spring 50,000 bulbs are blooming, different species of tulips, Allium and Muscari. The lawns host numerous herbaceous species that bloom throughout the growing season. In spring the park hosts a garden show, ''Ortinparco'', an exhibition-festival focusing on the vegetable garden and the garden with temporary installations, plants and flowers, educational workshops, music, seminars and horticultural exhibitions. Summer is the season of educational programs, concerts, book presentations and shows. The park is operated without the use of chemicals, and hosts Villa Paradiso, the headquarter of the park's offices and temporary exhibitions.
Il nostro raccolto è il risultato di un lavoro attento, appassionato e genuino, che unisce gli antichi saperi dell'agricoltura e le moderne innovazioni della tecnologia. Orteat è una start up innovativa che nasce a fine 2018 da un’idea del suo founder Luca Siciliano, produttore agricolo BIO, per rispondere ad una chiara esigenza del mercato: da un lato i consumatori sono sempre più attenti a conoscere il cibo che consumano, la sua provenienza e chi lo produce; dall'altro i produttori cercano nuove modalità di vendita al fine di valorizzare i propri prodotti e venderli al giusto prezzo. Nasce Orteat, un orto biologico per tutti in Italia. Attraverso la piattaforma è possibile ricevere direttamente a domicilio, in tutta Italia, frutta e verdura biologica appena raccolta e di stagione, conoscendo esattamente la provenienza e il produttore che l’ha coltivata. Possono ordinare la frutta sia clienti privati (B2C) sia aziende, inclusi i rivenditori che vogliono proporre ai propri Clienti frutta appena raccolta e di provenienza certa. Investire in Orteat significa entrare a fare parte di un’azienda che unisce all’obiettivo economico anche un forte impatto sociale: diffondere e sostenere un’agricoltura che rispetti l’ambiente, che promuova la biodiversità e che valorizzi il lavoro dei produttori.
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