Potato farming: Award-winning farmer, Zama Buthelezi, shows us how

Zama Buthelezi from KwaZulu-Natal, began her farming career in 2011. Her business, She Creative House, leases the 116 ha Glentworth Farm on which Zama grows a variety of vegetables, sugar cane, and is in the process of developing fruit orchards.

Potato farming: Award-winning farmer, Zama Buthelezi, shows us how
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Her produce is increasingly being marketed under Zama’s ‘Soil Sista’ brand.

In 2017, Zama won second place in the SAB KickStart Boost programme, which targets young black entrepreneurs deserving of support for their businesses.

Farmer’s Weekly’s senior journalist, Lloyd Phillips, visited Zama on her farm to learn more about her successful farming journey and how she markets her produce.

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Phillips also observed the potato harvesting process on Glentworth Farm.

Lloyd Phillips joined Farmer’s Weekly in January 2003 and is now a Senior Journalist with the publication. He spent most of his childhood on a Zululand sugarcane farm where he learned to speak fluent Zulu. After matriculating in 1993, Lloyd dreamed of working as a nature conservationist. Life’s vagaries, however, had different plans for him and Lloyd ended up sampling various jobs in South African agriculture before becoming a proud member of the Farmer’s Weekly team. Lloyd still thoroughly enjoys learning and writing about all aspects of national and international agriculture. He lives in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, with his wife, Leigh, son, Matthew, daughter, Sydney, and their much-loved domesticated menagerie.