The Afrikaans word “Boer” is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. It is a term of respect and an antagonistic rallying cry. It is electric with identity, symbolising collective self-determination and is used both positively and with contemp. I have met parochial farmers the world over – comes with the territory. But I have also worked with salt-of-the-earth farmers – generous, wise, humble, practical – many living in harmony with nature. The best survive at the whim of the weather, making do with very little. This is what the phrase “Boer maak ‘n plan” means.