Meet the Farmers

Liz Eglington is the Farmer and owner of Buffelshoek farm in the Klein Karoo which she bought 15 years ago as a dusty and destroyed piece of earth, through over grazing and chemical fertilizing.

Using organic, permaculture and biodynamic farming practices she planted olive trees and breathed new life into this land. She then witnessed the miracle of nature healing the ecosystems and bringing vibrant life where there was none. In 2001 the farm became the first certified organic olive and chilli farm in South Africa under the trade name “Blue Sky Organics”, and now has a range of 24 products, the latest being olive leaf tea.

The farm became the catalyst for sharing with hundreds of farmers who went to learn how to farm sustainably and ethically. Through her experiences and lessons on this farm Liz was drawn to share these experiences and shares her knowledge, and expertise in training and workshops.

Situated in the Humansdorp district of the Eastern Cape South Africa just out side the seaside surfing town of Jeffreys Bay, is a tranquil farm that is the perfect setting for the goat’s milk cheese that is produced here with natural care and dedication. Gill Philips owner and cheese maker at Canton Garden has her cheese making beginnings in Plettenberg Bay where she studied the art of cheese making. In 2001 Gill began farming goats and producing goat’s milk cheese. Canton Garden is a family run business with the support of farmer husband Dave Phillips and her ever keen children Matthew and Gemma who help in the cheese making process over the weekends by vacuum packing the cheese.

The philosophy at Canton Garden is Natural first, Gill ensures the goats are milked in the morning allowing the kids to suckle on their mothers during the day. Goats being milked are fed a special feed to ensure they are provided with everything they need to maintain optimum health. The goats roam free, feeding off the farm and from time to time, one or two escape out of their allocated area to wonder into Gill's Veggie garden and help themselves to what grabs their fancy. PORK - The pigs are fed a vegetarian diet of whey (a by product of our cheese), lucerne and maize.  They live in large enclosures with soil and grass (no concrete).  The babies suckle on their mothers for the first 6 weeks and are then moved to a camp of their own. All of the meat is processed on the farm so there is no stress to the animals.

Manufactured by a pharmacist in South Africa who had the desire to see more cost effective home use products, he has created this range of household cleaners/ personal care products. The products are 100% biodegradable; non-toxic; hypo-allergenic; able to use at lower temperatures; are made from natural, plant based sources; enzyme based and non-corrosive ingredients. Products are all cold water friendly and thus save on electricity. Used by local dairy, chicken and organic veg farms. Tried and tested.

Milkwood Mushrooms & Milkwood Market strives to bring fresh organic local product from mushrooms to vegetables and Olives to Honey for the consumer.

When supporting local you not only looking after the people in our area and keeping our money in the Eastern Cape, but we encourage more smaller farmers to grow safer products for a better quality of living, job creation thus a happier lifestyle.
It’s about keeping more farmers on the land by paying them the real cost of production and about consumers having a stake in the stewardship of productive land. It’s about sustainability. Jennifer Wilkins published April 2008
According to the Hartman Groups Pulse Report, Consumer understanding of buying local, Released in February, consumers believe that local product are fresher, have fewer pesticides residues, are of higher quality and are more authentic. Buying local food is seen as supporting businesses that reflect the values of their community, as an antidote to commoditization and industrialization and a way to protect the local economy and environment.
So if you can, support your local farmer and the chefs that serve your food. Support policies that will make wholesome food available and affordable.

Papillon is owned by Malcolm and Sha Devine, who bought the 100ha farm 13 years ago being determined to change their lifestyle from city to country dwellers. From day one organic farming was practised. It was, and remains of great importance to both Malcolm and Sha that all produce is grown without the use of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or preservatives.  They both believe the health benefits of growing and eating organic foods far outweigh the problems of keeping insects and disease at bay without resorting to poisoning the food we eat and our planet!!  Organic farming practises are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution, all so vital to our wonderful country, South Africa.

Papillon Organics received full organic certification in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength both in terms of variety of produce offered and in size. Forty nine hectares are certified organic at present, the remainder of the farm is dedicated to natural pastures where the Isle de France sheep and Angus cattle are left to roam freely. PAPILLON ORGANIC FARM

is situated on the R102 [Old Cape Road] in the Jeffreys Bay District, Eastern Cape.  It can be found approximately 8 kilometres outside Jeffreys Bay if you are travelling towards Humansdorp, the farm is situated on the undulating coastal plain with beautiful sea views from Aston Bay through to St. Francis and Cape St. Francis Light house.  Papillon is registered with BDOCA and is a member of Bio Org. Registration number; GPH101. Stringent standards for production, handling and processing of organic foods exist and are adhered to. Certification is both rigorous and onerous and with the organic label comes the legal implication that all foods carrying the label are naturally grown, and carry no residues of harmful herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers

PAPILLON ORGANICS IS PROUDLY EASTERN CAPE!!! Currently Papillon is the only registered organic farm of it’s kind in the province, we strive to create and maintain the highest standards at all times!

Red Barn FREE Range Chickens are grown on my farm in George, on the magnificent Garden Route of South Africa.  Our farm has the most beautiful view of the Outeniqua Mountain range, it’s close to George Airport and about 10km from the centre of GEORGE. Our Farm shop is open to the public map to Red Barn Free Range Farm. People often ask us why our chickens taste so good - so “in an eggshell” I will try and explain more about free range chicken.  We absolutely love our chickens and enjoy inventing new ways to make them happier and more comfortable, right out on our pastures.  This is no easy feat as Pasture fed chicken need lots of attention.  This is me, Lindy(aka “THE FOWL WOMAN”)  I’ve always had a dream to grow chickens in Free environment with moveable shelters.  People thought I was “cuckoo”.. maybebut we’ve done it!  After much learning and many mistakes it’s a dream come true!  we are now growing Big, Fat, happy, healthy, FREE chickens and Free range eggs that taste absolutely “Deevine”!

When our customers take their first bite of a Red Barn™ free range chicken, everyone says, "taste's like REAL chicken," It seems we have forgotten what chicken really should taste like. Red Barn's chickens will immediately become the standard by which you judge all other birds. Our small family business tries to produce the very best in free-range, pastured poultry for the true farm fresh quality connoisseur. Also, try our free range eggs.  Free range eggs contain about half as much cholesterol, are twice as rich in Vitamin E, up to six times richer in beta carotene and a whopping four times higher in essential omega-3 fatty acids! Taste the difference for yourself!

We strive to live life in harmony with nature. By respecting people, creatures and the environment alike we can all

work together to reach higher levels and fulfil our dreams.

Sandveld Organics has been certified as an organic farm since inception in 1998. We have gone through a 10 year learning curve of finding out the hard way what is possible, what is recommended, what is difficult and what is impossible. In many ways, we have pioneered organic farming at the Cape's West Coast with its winter rainfall and very hot and windy conditions during summer. We experienced that the information available for traditional farming is not readily transferred into an organic, small scale farming environment. The production of vegetables is definitely possible but poses many challenges. We are keen to disseminate the knowledge we have acquired with Sandveld Organics to other small farms and businesses that want to go organic.

Organic seed are a prerequisite for certified organic farming. As a result, the generation of seed in-house is a widely accepted practice. However, there are definite methods and best practices associated with the harvesting of quality seed. Through years of association and cooperation with Sativa, one of Europe's major organic seed suppliers, Sandveld Organics has collected and processed own seed material and a broad range of seed from the Northern Hemisphere has been evaluated under local conditions. In 2002 the company completed the formal training and registration for seed production and processing with the Department of Agriculture.

We are a family-run farming business that believes in the principles of quality, integrity, honesty and teamwork.

All the ingredients for our products are picked fresh and sun-ripened from our organic farms Spaarkloof and Tierhoek, situated in the Noree Valley , Robertson , South Africa . No sulphur, no preservatives just healthy, delicious products full of natural goodness.

We believe what sets our meat/products apart from the rest is that we pay great attention to continually farming as natural and sustainably as possible. We continually search and try better ways. The animals are all very content and get to live free, just as nature intended (please note a broiler is not a chicken in it’s natural form and is reared in the best possible fashion). Our laying hens, cattle and sheep are not fed hormones and antibiotics. They are all veld reared and we don’t take any short cuts. The only down side is that there is not a consistent supply and the animals are ready in their own time. We also go a lot further and use renewable resources and recyclable packaging. We also feel strongly about using natural non-toxic disinfectants and cleaners as it is no use farming naturally and then using chemicals which go into the soil and poison the underground water and lands and the animals eat this grazing and drink the water. We look at farming holistically and try to follow permaculture principles.