We now sell produce twice a week from our farm office.

As of next week, the 9th of Feb 2016, you can buy a range of our produce at our farm office between 12 and 2pm. Orders must be greater than R600. Once the order has been placed we will email you the invoice and once we have received the money you are welcome to collect. Collection is only on Tuesday and Thursday at the aforementioned times.

You can buy beef, eggs, straw wine, books, pets mince, bone broth and t-shirts. Prices below. We are selling at Recommended Retail Price as we have no interest in undercutting our retail clients. The meat, bone broth and eggs you can buy from our retail clients but the books, straw wine and t-shirts only from the farm.

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Above is the part of our farm office where you can collect the various goods on offer.

The t-shirts are made with organic cotton (non organic cotton uses 4% of the world’s agricultural land but 24% of the worlds pesticides) and hemp and from these great guys at Hemporium. I managed to get our children to model these t-shirts. There are ladies and gents in a variety of sizes in both labels.

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There are 5 books for sale.

  1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. This was the book I read in June of 2008 and decided to farm like Joel Salatin. It goes into the world’s food systems and considering eating is an agricultural act we all need to know what happens before we put the food into our mouth.
  2. BioDynamic Wine Demystified by Nicolas Joly. Nicolas Joly is the foremost proselytiser of the BioDynamic farming method. This book is a great introduction to this farming system inspired by Rudolf Steiner. If you are content with the dominant, reductionist, so called scientific dogma that everyone seems to worship today then this book is not for you.
  3. Nourishing Broth by Sally Fallon. Sally Fallon runs the Weston A Price foundation. At another time I would like to elaborate on Price’s work but his 10 year travel around the world remains the greatest dietary study ever done. This books inspired our bone broth.
  4. BioDynamic Gardening by Monty Waldin. The erudite Monty Waldin not only has green fingers as is evident from this incredibly informative book, he is a wine master and also has a knack for putting the complexity of BioDynamics into 5 simple reasons why it should be embraced.
  5. New BioDynamic preparations by Hugo Erbe. If you want to take your BioDynamic practices further then this is the book for you. Picture below with the polymath Erbe on the cover.

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Dumisani, who runs our tree team where we have planted 15,500 trees into our shelter belts, is holding up Monty Waldin’s book. Specifically the page where the instructions of how to make the CPP or barrel compost are given in the clear, methodical manner that is the hallmark of this fine book.

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Bone broth is either available in glass or BPA free plastic. Please specify.

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Above is out butchery team holding up the pets mince made from the red offal of our cattle. Details here. It sells for R24.63 per pack of 500 grams.

Prices are as follows

Eggs
Eggs – Dozen – Medium 41.30
Eggs – Dozen – Mixed sizes 43.72
Beef
Farmer Angus’ Bone Broth 1L 65.00
Farmer Angus’ Mince 500g 45.14
Farmer Angus’ 100g Pattie Packs 39.40
Farmer Angus’ Boerewors 500g 52.53
Farmer Angus’ 200 gr patty pack 78.80
Farmer Angus’ Biltong 150g 55.84
Farmer Angus’ Droëwors 200g 56.16
T-Shirts 220.00
Straw Wine 205.20
Books
BioDynamic Gardening 360.00
Nourishing Broth 445.00
The Omnivore’s Dilemma 360.00
Hugo Erbe’s New BD preparations 400.00
BioDynamic wine demystified 360.00

 

Please email your orders here.

Angus

8 February 2016

 

How we manage the threats to our vines

Hello

The last time I wrote about some of our vineyard management practices was here, in November 2012.

The biggest threat to the health of vines is the leaf roll virus. It is terrible to see a vine that has been infected.

The vector, or carrier, of this virus is the mealy bug.

One of the things we have done is put up hormone disruptors so that the males cannot scent the females.

The most effective way we have found though, is to leave our dandelion plants to grow in the vineyard.

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In the picture above you can see small white spots which are mealy bug eggs. By having dandelion growing in the vines we create a home for the mealy bug. Conventionally the full surface of the vineyard floor is sprayed with a herbicide (mostly the micronutrient chelating carcinogen Glyphosate, which all South Africans consume daily. Click here for more on this). Killing the cover crop means that the mealy bug has to find a home elsewhere which is the vine and then the soil is bare which means it gets 20 Celsius hotter than covered soil which means a stressed plant and more irrigation required.

Other pests in the vines include birds that love to eat the ripe fruit. We have put up a Scarem kite. See the video below. Handheld with my GoPro and unedited as all the videos on this site. Note towards the end of the video how dry it is on the farm. We are having a brutal summer. These kites are up in the BioDynamically managed Ezibusisweni Chenin Blanc vineyard which produces the Chenin Blanc as well as the Straw Wine. This is a dryland vineyard which means it gets no irrigation. Very tough on the plants but the wines show the character of the vine.

You will also note that at the end of the vineyard rows there are yellow flowers. This is fennel which we plant specifically to attract the wasps that parasitise the mealy bug. The picture below shows the fennel in one of our Cabernet Sauvignon blocks.

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Some of our organic farm wines are available at the wine shop our farm, Spier near Stellenbosch.

Angus

24 January 2016

What the farm looked like before we started farming.

I have been helped by so many people on the 7 year road towards becoming a regenerative farmer that I am loathe to thank them in case I miss them out. However none of this could have happened had it not been for our amazing animals that are outdoors in all seasons doing what they do best which is graze and then return their manure and urine to help the grass grow.

This is a short video of what the farm looked like when we started and what it looks like today. As always it is handheld and unedited.

Here is to the next 7 years

Angus

8 January 2016

 

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