Our Team

Justin Bonello (Founder and Director)

Justin lives in Noordhoek, is father to Daniel, Samuel and Gabriella, and husband to Genie. He has three dogs and two chickens and ripped up his front lawn because he can’t eat grass. Justin is busy earning his green fingers and has been burning his fingers on the open fire for longer than he can remember. He is the founder of Cooked in Africa Films, and has produced and created more than 200 hours of content in more than 25 television shows. Has authored and published seven books with Penguin, and is now trying to save the world – one neighbourhood farm at a time, starting with ours.

Eugenie Tancred (Managing Director)

Eugenie is the glue that keeps Neighbourhood Farm running.  She cut her teeth in the business world as a partner in Priest Post Production http://www.priest.co.za, before she realised that she wanted to give back to her community through children and a foray into a highly successful pre-school.  She joins Neighbourhood Farm after a sabbatical to focus on the upbringing of her two bundles of energy and brings her years of experience in high pressure posts to Neighbourhood Farm.

Louise Naude (Director).

Louise has some 40 years experience in the administration and financial spheres having worked for various entities, big and small. Louise has served as a Director for more than 20 years, the most recent being an International Environmental Company dealing with Climate Change, Biodiversity, Renewable Energy, Water & Sanitation, Nexus Projects, EcoMobility and Food Security. In this position, she was responsible for dealing with and the full financial reporting mechanisms to international donors such as the European Commission, US Aid, Swede Bio, CDKN, British High Commission and GIZ, to name but a few.

 

Marcello Lourenco (Farm Manager)

Marcello is  the newest addition to the Neighbourhood Farm team. He’s got a masters from the university of Stellenbosch in soil science, is run off his feet by his border collie Basil, and when he’s not on the ground managing our Neighborhood Farms, you can more than likely find him in the countryside, harvesting plants and cuttings from Heirloom plants and trees. His vision for Neighbourhood Farms is to create productive gardens, filled with the plants and species of our collective memory

Ithai Mapurisa (Head Market Gardener)

Ithai Mapurisa is our head market gardener at  the Ocean View Training Market Garden at Ocean View Secondary in Ocean View. He started his farming career at Living Hope, was the market gardener at our Kommetjie Primary School Neighbourhood Farm and now works with Farm Manager Brian Joffin. He lives in Masi with his wife and 3 children. He is passionate about organic farming “I love the the natural way of growing that makes this produce healthier to eat”

Garth Cloete (Human Resources)

Garth spent six years as an account manager at an international educational company and the last three years starting and heading up the Human Resource department at a firm. Over the past nine years Garth has developed business skills that have put him in a position to make decisions and develop and implement solutions in line with the business strategy. Garth is always keen to network and source new opportunities. His passion is driven by the following quote, “The highest reward for your work is not what you get for it, but what you become by it.” John C. Maxwell.

Kim Barty (Communications and PR)

Kim has been in the communications industry for over three decades applying her energy, insight and communications skills to a variety of clients and projects. A true people’s person, Kim can’t help but communicate and she has worked in all sectors of communications – corporate PR, advertising, publishing and PR consulting.   She also partners with her husband in a social enterprise – BREADrev.

She and husband, Jeremy, have three children, live in Kalk Bay and swimming in the local tidal pool is part of their daily ritual. Kim loves communication that adds to more than just the bottom line: conversations and campaigns that build connection, collaboration and make a difference to the world which is why she’s so enthusiastic about Neighbourhood Farm.