A pivotal person in the mac industry suggested that we create a time lapse diary to show the behaviour of the various cultivars, in the different regions across the country, throughout the season. I simultaneously jumped with excitement and groaned at the daunting task of pulling something like that off. But, being the bugger-for-punishment that I am, I decided to go with the excited jump and hope for help …

As I don’t own any mac farms, the help from mac farmers is a necessity … but how am I going to get that? Surely they won’t volunteer? Or will they …

As an incentive, I will be publishing a LIMITED EDITION Macadamia coffee table book at the end of the Time Lapse Diaries (August 2022). It will be a large, top quality, hard cover book including the time lapse pictures across all cultivars and regions as well as all the TropicalBytes articles covering Macadamias (minimum of 23 in-depth, valuable articles) published to that point. These beautiful books will be specially produced for the farmers who participate in the production of the Time Lapse Diaries and will be the envy of every other farmer through your lounge!

Possibly, at the end of 2022, these may be made available to other farmers, at a cost.

If you are interested, we are looking for someone to fill each one of the 80 blocks on the table below. To fill a block, you need to have access to that cultivar, in production, in that region. The more you can fill, the better.

Starting on 1 June 2021 and, at the same time every second Tuesday thereafter, you need to take 3 pictures (whole tree, close up of flowers or nuts, close up of leaves), on your cellphone, and WhatsApp them to me directly. This is the same for each cultivar selected. As there are 52 weeks in a year, you only need to do this 26 times for us to have a valuable resource showing the phases of the various cultivars per region, throughout the year.

I will publish the pictures every week, on this website, and work on producing the coffee table book.

You in? If so, please let me know what region you are in and which cultivars you have. Then I’ll contact you with more details. debbie@tropicalbytes.co.za

Looking forward to the collaboration and creating something EPIC together!

LIMPOPO MPUMALANGA KZN NORTH COAST KZN SOUTH COAST EASTERN CAPE
695
A4
A16
Nelmak 2
246
344
741
791
814
816
842
849
788
A203
A268
863