The Gentle Revolution

Small scale farming is seeing a steady increase in its use as a source of food for farming families and of course an economic source of income from sold goods.  One of its great advocates and friend of Greyton Transition is Rob Small who has pioneered the recovery and viability of small scale farming. Maybe this is a model that could find traction amongst a number of local producers, who have access to some agricultural land. Why not learn more by visiting their web site www.abalimi.org.za  and reading their latest news release by clicking on the link below.

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New Promotional Video Stimulates Happiness

In the world of media there is a constant demand for new and more engaging techniques to stimulate interest and encourage people to stop, read or listen and engage. Here at Greyton Transition Town (GTT) we understand that engagement is all about empowerment; the transfer of hope, knowledge, skills and energy to empower people to become more resilient.

To assist with the expansion of the message GTT want to send out to all South Africans, communities and humans everywhere, we have constructed a short video to encourage people to make contact with GTT and encourage the transfer of skills and energy to enhance the community, promote opportunity and create optimism and real beneficial outcomes.

Our community is a microcosm of societies around the world and GTT provides a route for many to change their habits, expectations and ways of thinking for the betterment of themselves and others.

It is an instinctive response to feel a sense of happiness when your help is accepted, acted upon and positive outcomes emerge, these can be small or large events, it does not matter.

A group of researchers from the University of Louisville in Kentucky identified many years ago that the more people participated in meaningful activities, the happier they were and the more purposeful their lives felt. Pleasure-seeking behaviours, on the other hand, did not make people happier.

Their lead author Michael Steger stated:

“It turns out that in a paradoxical way, giving gets you more, and I think that’s an important message in a culture that’s pretty often getting messages to the opposite effect.”

We think that this is a driving emotion to help prompt change in behaviour and attitude, and we would love to hear from you, if you have ideas, energy and commitment to join our growing numbers and help us demonstrate the power of transition.


I Eat Eco Bricks

I eat eco bricks

People in the world have been turning green with all their hard work combatting destructive human habits. One lesson we learnt a while ago is -we can’t throw everything away in one bin because waste things are made of different materials and therefore need to go back to their different origins.

South Africa is way over due to improve its waste management systems,with Greyton being no exception. As committed citizens and a small symbiotic community we must take things into our own hands.

If you don’t already know about Eco bricks- brought to Greyton by Joseph Stodgel and his Trash to Treasure festival, it is a simple technology of clean and dry plastic bottles stuffed with clean, dry non recyclables and used as bricks. Greyton Transition Town and the Red Cross are on the hunt for stuffed bottles to build the new youth centre in Hewelkroon.

Many people in Greyton have already taken ownership of the products they buy- separating their recyclables and eco bricking the non recyclables. Now all we need are collection bins and some initiative from people who are still sending their chemical leaching waste to the landfill.

After getting creative with some kids and tyres,we have created some eco brick eating bins that will be put around Greyton hungry for clean and dry plastic! Look out for the colourful tyre stacks and get stuffing!  We want as many bottles converted to these effcient eco bricks as you can manage to produce.

by: Candice Mostert

The 2nd Annual Greyton Festival of Transition

Trash 2 Treasure: The 2nd Annual Greyton Festival of Transition

Saturday 20 April 2013, 13:00 – 22:00 at the Greyton Green Park, Overberg, Western Cape

The Second Annual Greyton Festival of Transition will take place on Saturday, 20 April 2013 at the local dumping site and newly established Green Park to sustain change in ecological directions, bring attention to the realities of pollution and waste issues and continue rehabilitation efforts there. Through a series of workshops, activities, and competitions leading up to and during the festival, participants will gain a clear view and understanding of how regular waste can serve as a source of wealth, rather than the source of toxicity and pollution as it often does.

PERFORMANCES and MUSIC will be enjoyed on an up cycled stage made of rammed earth tires, invasive wood and building rubble extracted from the dump site. Featured bands include Cape Town based Black South Easter, master instrumentalists Steve Newman, Hilton Schilder and Errol Dyers of All in One, and some local Greyts including The Country Conquerors, Splynta, the 254 Band, and Jane Gaisford and Natasha Carter. Local youth and others will be brought on stage to present their works and accept awards for the Trash to Treasure Up cycling Challenge, making use of waste materials in creative ways such as trashion fashion and up cycled musical instruments.

WORKSHOPS from 13:00 to 18:00 will focus on how materials that are regularly thrown away can be used in a range of productive ways. These will include eco-brick building with the T2T crew, leather offcuts stitching, up-cycled arts and trashion, composting, spekboom planting, and tree yoga. Treasure hunts and guided walks will introduce people to the dump site and everyone will have the chance to participate in zero-waste-management by producing and building with stuffed plastic bottle eco-bricks. These eco-bricks will feature prominently as they will not only be used to build structures, but also serve as a means for obtaining discounts and small food items.

TALKS and CEREMONIES will include visiting and honored guest Jenny Cargill handing over a flag signed by Helen Zille to Nicola Vernon in recognition of Greyton Transition Town as being a key part of the Western Cape 110% Green Initiative. Local bioneers will speak as well about the changes taking place at the dump site and the need for new directions in waste management.

The TRANSITION BUSINESS SHOWCASE and NIGHT MARKET will feature some of the best of local arts and crafts which Greyton / Genadendal is famous for. Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the event by local restaurants, most of which will be flying banners which read “We Accept Eco-Bricks”. The event is more than zero-waste as we will be actively cleaning up the dumping site as we celebrate throughout the day.

The event constructions are a part of the DUMP SITE REHABILITATION efforts underway at the site, to serve the newly started community owned green waste management business, and to make the site usable for years to come as a place of gathering, celebration and education.

Funding for this event, to ensure a credible benefit beyond the gains from the day may be made via our special fund raising site, all and any support will translate into the growth of the Transition Towns goals and objectives.

Please visit trashtotreasurefest.org for more information about the festival

or contact Joseph at joestodgel@gmail.com or Candice at 082 850 4254

Joy is an Emotion Expressed in the Face of Pleasure

There is no doubt that the aims and objectives of Greyton Transition Town are to include everyone in the Ward 2 Area and also to occasionally surprise people with their local impact. Seen as a group focused on sustainability, it is all too easy to forget that the community not only needs access to food, water and fuel security, but also to JOY.

The on-going work at Krige Bridge and river by GTT is a fabulous example of how some effort, a little investment and supportive members can provide emotional happiness and by doing so encourage an overt expression of joy from the simple environmental gains that mean so much.

Local children have already rediscovered that the clean beach and sandy bottomed river offers a natural break from the hot sun, let’s hope that more people visit and also invest their time by keeping it clean and attractive to all.

On that note, please recover any litter that may appear and encourage any users to ensure their by products are taken home with them for safe and responsible disposal to try to ensure all that we leave behind are footprints.

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