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7,101 tonnes of CO2 sequestered on our farm since 2017

7,101 tonnes of CO2 sequestered on our farm since 2017

You can directly influence climate change by choosing what you eat. Ecologically things just keep getting better on our farm. The most comprehensive measure of whether you are farming regeneratively or destructively (there is no middle ground in farming) is what is happening to the

Waste is a wonderful thing. Chicken feathers as soil food.

Waste is a wonderful thing. Chicken feathers as soil food.

We are more than a year into mulching our vineyards with chicken feathers. What started off as an experiment is now a cornerstone of our vineyard management program. A mulch is a soil cover of organic material. We tried for years to find sheep’s wool

Excellent viticultural course – In Stellenbosch – 15 to 17 June

Excellent viticultural course – In Stellenbosch – 15 to 17 June

Georg Meissner is special in the world of viticulture. Not only is steeped in the BioDynamic method, he sits on the research team that compares organic/conventional/BioDynamic in a multi year trial at Geisenheim University in Germany and in addition to that he makes wine from

Our farming philosophies explained

Our farming philosophies explained

I was put in touch with these guys recently and if you click on those highlighted words (especially scroll down to the photos with their subtitles) you will get an erudite explanation of what the philosophical underpinning is to our grazing methodology. To understand what underlies

How we manage the threats to our vines

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

5 reasons for BioDynamic agriculture.

5 reasons for BioDynamic agriculture.

People who can distill complex ideas into language that lesser mortals can understand are rare. Monty Waldin is one of them. He has a great website which is here. The full article is on his website but I have taken his five points and listed

My first white wine. Ezibusisweni Chenin Blanc 2012

My first white wine. Ezibusisweni Chenin Blanc 2012

  Hello Ezibusisweni is the Zulu word for the Place of Blessings. This is what the bottle looks like. I have chosen to use the clear glass as I love the colour of the wine. The logo was designed by the amazing team at Aisle

Why we chose to plant our pastures this past week.

Why we chose to plant our pastures this past week.

Hello Farming BioDynamically is about farming in harmony with nature. In particular the energies that enable fertility and fecundity. We have just planted 20 hectares which takes our total hectares under irrigation to 126. The pastures are for our global warming reversing cattle and Eggmobile

Photos of recent activity on the farm, 27 May 2013

Photos of recent activity on the farm, 27 May 2013

All these photos have been taken by the amazing Eva van Niekerk over the last month. Click on her name to get to her website. This is SP 1301.He will be given his Zulu name at weaning. The first Limousin Bull calf born this year