We spent a wonderful couple of days in Greyton at the home of my dear friend Rohan Millson. I used to live in Greyton so I felt sentimental about leaving the Western Cape via this special little town. Rohan, a fellow vegan activist, is a World Peace Diet Facilitator, a nutrition counselor and writes a monthly newspaper column called “Eating Ourselves Healthy.” He believes that the one simple thing we can all do to improve our health, and save our planet, is to eat like humans, in the way in which we are adapted, which means to not eat animals.
Rohan’s worthy goal in life is to inspire people, through his writing, social media, and his talks and lectures, to see the benefits of veganism. He reaches 10 million people every day through his social media posts of inspirational, vegan-related sayings from great people throughout history. Some examples of these great thinkers are Pythagoras, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, et al. Surprisingly high numbers of truly great people have seen the benefits of leaving animals off their plates.
Rohan is active on behalf of Greyton Transition Town (GTT) which is part of the Global Transition Town Network. Their goal is to make Greyton self-sustaining in terms of food production and energy, and to build a resilient, unified community. GTT incorporates the Pure Cafe a wonderful vegan/vegetarian restaurant in the village, as well as Greyton EcoLodge. The EcoLodge provides accommodation for groups who go to Greyton to do environmental training. The recently hosted Green Pop, an NGO, who planted 300 trees on the property to turn it into a biodynamic demonstration site.
Rohan’s house is made from straw bales and clay and has the most incredible view of the Riviersonderend mountains and valley. The farm runs on solar power and rainwater is collected. Their vegetable supply comes from their organic garden and they have an organic mushroom production facility coming online. They look after loads of rescued animals: 8 sheep, 2 goats, 3 cats and 2 dogs. The lamb in the picture with Rohan is called Chance, whom I had the pleasure of feeding with a babies bottle a few times during our stay.
From here it is onward to Riviersonderend, Bonnievale, and Montagu.