Building a Culture of Safety

At our farm, safety and well-being are top priorities. To ensure this, we provide various training programs to equip employees with necessary skills.

Our first aid training teaches medical emergency handling, and our fire-fighting course prepares for fire emergencies. We also have safety representative training to identify and mitigate workplace hazards.

With our orchard monitoring program teaches identifying and managing plant diseases and pests. Computer education is also provided to work with software and programs used in agriculture.

In addition, selected staff members undergo training and acquire licenses to operate various vehicles such as forklifts, tractors, tractors with spray tanks, and trucks.

This ensures that they have the necessary skills and qualifications to handle these vehicles safely and efficiently on the farm.

We also provide training in industrial tools, PPE usage, and responsible chemical use. With these skills and knowledge, we create a safe, healthy, and productive workplace.

Sustainable Farming Practices with Science and Renewable Energy

The farm prioritizes using scientific insights and expert knowledge to manage plant and soil health.

Through laboratory testing, deficiencies or imbalances in nutrition and minerals are identified, and a fertilizer application plan is developed. Soil health is regularly monitored, and legume species are used to naturally replace nitrogen.

Water usage is managed sustainably with drip irrigation and five dams. The farm recycles plastic, paper, glass, and steel and is transitioning to renewable energy by installing solar panels on the packhouse roof.

Overall, the farm's commitment to sustainable practices shows their dedication to producing high-quality crops and products, caring for the environment, and promoting a healthy future.

Natural Vegetation Type in South Africa’s Hex River Valley

The Hex River Valley is located in a floral transition zone, known as the fynbos and succulent karoo biomes. Fynbos vegetation is found right throughout the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa.

In the Hex River Valley, the fynbos vegetation is found on the north to the southwestern side of the Valley and Matroosberg mountain. Fynbos is dominated by proteoid, restioid, asteraceous and ericaceous vegetation. Fynbos is very unique with more than 9 000 species of plants, with which more than 6 000 are endemic. This means that those 6 000 plus plant species are nowhere else found in the world, except in the fynbos.

The succulent karoo biome stretches from the Western Cape, the Northern Cape province of South Africa and up towards Namibia. It is home to one-third of the world’s succulent plant species. With 10 000 succulent species it is the richest area of succulent plants in the world. Unfortunately, this makes the succulent karoo a massive target for succulent poaching and illegal plant trade. The succulent karoo vegetation is found on the eastern side of the Hex River Valley and Kwadouw Mountain Range.

Due to the high levels of diversity and endemism of plants in these two biomes, there are also a great variety and endemicity of invertebrate, reptile, amphibians, birds and scorpion species.

We are privileged to have both the fynbos and succulent karoo vegetation on our two farm units. Fynbos is mostly found on the Matroosberg farm unit and succulent karoo on the Lavalle farm unit.

Wildlife Monitoring and Education Project

In 2022, we launched a wildlife awareness project on our farm that includes camera monitoring traps. Our goal is to raise awareness among staff and local schools about the diverse wildlife in the Hex River Valley and on our property.

By using the camera footage, we hope to inspire a love for and appreciation of these animals in both children and adults.

As Baba Dioum once said, "In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught."

We take a firm stance against hunting or removing wildlife from our property and immediately discard any illegal snares we come across.

Despite these challenges, our camera traps have captured some amazing animal sightings.

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Cape Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus ursinus)

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Cape Fox (Vulpes chama)

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Cape Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus)

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Large-spotted Genet (Genetta tigrina)

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Cape Grey Mongoose (Herpestes pulverulentus)

Cape Spurfowl (Pternistis capensis)

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Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis),

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

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Southern Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis),

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Southern and Eastern African Caracal (Caracal caracal)

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Yellow Mongoose (Cynictis penicillate)

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Southern African Wildcat (Felis lybica cafra)

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Southern Fiscal (Lanius collaris)