Organic food has become incredibly popular with South Africans, especially with the people who are very much health conscious.

With the farm to table movement already growing and more people generally interested in knowing what is in their food, many people are choosing to go the organic route. 

Organic foods are free of chemicals, pesticides and other toxins and are also high in nutrients. If you are one of the people who choose to go organic you have to be aware of how the food is grown and by extension, exactly what you are putting in body. 

Nyakallo Lephoto, a Qwa-Qwa, Free State based entrepreneur who has a great interest in leading a healthy lifestyle, says it is encouraging that an increasing number of people are now choosing to consume organic food. "It is nutritious, free of any cancer-causing pesticides and, fertilisers  therefore giving us proper good health and all the benefits of long life that comes with it."

As more people go organic, they soon realise how expensive it is and some become discouraged, which then begs one to question if it is posisble to go organic on a budget. 

Reacting to the above question, Lephoto said organic food is expensive because businesses have figured out a way to raise prices and create hype around the brand of organic food. "This is hype that really should not exist and high prices that really should not be charged. But capitalists are prying on people’s gullibility." 

In this April 2, 2018, photo, organic tomatoes grow on vines planted in soil in a greenhouse at Long Wind Farm in Thetford, Vt. Owner Dave Chapman is a leader of a farmer-driven effort to create an additional organic label that would exclude hydroponic farming and concentrated animal feeding operations. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

He added by saying there is, unfortunately, a cost to growing food organically since one as to acquire the land, infrastructure and knowledge to do it. But one can start small and work over time to build over that foundation.

He said if you really need the best organic foods and to save up a little, you have to know what to look for, what to do and not what to do.

Below are Lephoto’s do’s and don’ts of going organic.

Make use of the little you have: It should not be costly to go organic, most of the stuff you need is found at dumpsites. Go there and see what discarded items can you up-cycle.

Learn weather patterns and how that affects growing foods: Learn which vegetables grow well in summer and which ones grow in winter. Click here to see Lephoto's suggestions on when it's best to plant fruits and vegetables)

Don’t cut corners. Nature takes its time. Obey its rules and practice patience.

Never be tempted to reap the rewards immediately. Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them. Eventually you will get it right.