Aquaponic horticulturist Gugulethu Mahlangu develops nutritious, chemical-free food with Finleaf Farms, a scalable, biological farming brand. She specialises in lettuce, microgreens and herbs.
Aquaponics is a self-sustaining ecosystem that utilises the natural relationship between fish and plants. Plants clean the water for fish and they give plants nutrients to grow. Mahlangu believes that the harmonious pursuit of farming and trading between South Africa’s different communities is the key to food security.
She will tell you that agriculture is a science-driven career, which one cannot build without education, training and guidance. Agricultural graduates and new entry farmers often lack access to the information, practical training and skills transfer programmes required to succeed in the field.
She believes that South Africa should do more to promote agriculture as a professional career path for young people.
Mahlangu’s five-year plan is to have her own commercial smart farm “run by the beautiful young people of Africa”.
“Your purpose will be made clear to you once you listen to your heart, block the distractions and pursue your true passion. Dreams are valid, so start that garden!”