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ZRWEO seed ritual and blessing ceremony
29 Aug 2014

Hosted by the Zimele Rural Women's Empowerment Organisation (ZRWEO), a Biowatch-supported project near Mtubatuba in northern KwaZulu-Natal, this seed ritual and blessing ceremony honoured and celebrated the link beween faith, farming and agroecological practices of seed storage and traditional crop cultivation.

Zimele Rural Women`s Empowerment Organisation (ZRWEO) members walking in procession to the seed blessing ceremony.  ZRWEO farmers dance in preparation for the seed blessing.  Four senior ZRWEO farmers, led by Khalesakhe Mkhwanazi (far left), blessing the seeds and praying for rain.  A selection of beans, jugo beans, maize, peanuts, sorghum, cowpeas and some fresh produce (spinach & paw-paw) made available for the blessing ceremony.  Zimele Rural Women`s Empowerment Organisation (ZRWEO) Community Garden.  Homestead garden of ZRWEO member Ntombizethu Ntuli.