Blue Sky Organic Olive Farm Shop

Blue Sky Organics is a certified organic olive farm with its own factory and olive press.  This is the first organic olive farm in South Africa and the owner, Liz Eglington, was awarded ‘Women Farmer of the Year’ in 2005/2006.

During March to August visitors can watch olive harvesting and olive oil pressing.  Year round tours and informative discussions can be arranged for the following:

  • Processing olives, as well as olive and olive oil tasting;
  • Products can be bought direct from the factory;
  • They have olive trees for sale and herbs from the nursery;
  • Kloof walks can be arranged;
  • Labyrinth walks; and
  • A general farm tour and detailed explanations on organic farming, compost making, livestock integration into organic systems, organic vegetable growing, herbs, nursery and worm farming.

 

DIRECTIONS TO FARM IN OLYVENRIVIER VALLEY, VAN WYKSDORP, KLEIN KAROO, WESTERN CAPE.

a)    From FreeState/Gauteng

Get to Oudtshoorn. From Oudtshoorn travel through Calitzdorp and Ladismith on the R62.

From CALITZDORP direction:

Travel from Calitzdorp to Ladismith.11kms after Ladismith, turn left onto a dirt road to Van Wyksdorp.

Approximately 28kms turn left into OlyvenrivierValley.

After approximately 2kms keep right at fork and admire olive trees. Sign “Blue Sky Organics”

Arrive at Main House. To get to cottage take gravel road on far right next to fence line and cottage is at top of rise.

 

Tel at Farm 028 581 2014

b)    From Cape Town N1

Go through Paarl, Tunnel, Worcester.

Turn off to Robertson onto R60/R62.

Go through Robertson, Ashton, Montagu & Barrydale.

Approximately 65kms after Barrydale & 11kms before Ladismith, turn right onto a dirt road to Van Wyksdorp.

 

Approximately 28kms turn left into OlyvenrivierValley.

After approximately 2kms keep right at fork and admire olive trees. Sign “Blue Sky Organics”

 

Arrive at Main House. To get to cottage take gravel road on far right next to fence line and cottage is at top of rise.

Tel at Farm 028 581 2014

Please note:

v  We can get cell reception but it is sporadic and you have to walk around until you get a signal. Full signal in Van Wyksdorp itself.

v  My dogs always very happy to see visitors so are a bit noisy and boisterous but not dangerous, unless they love you to death! PLEASE be careful not to ride over my precious 2 minature daschunds!- keep them in eye contact.

 

N2:

On N2 to Swellendam.

11kms after Swellendam turn left to “Suurbraak/Barrydale”.

Travel through Suurbraak and about 4kms later look for a turn to your left “Tradouw Pass/Barrydale”

Travel slowly thru’ pass-it’s probably one of the best in SA.

You will arrive at a T junction. Turn right and travel thru’ Barrydale. Then follow instructions for N1 above from here.

OR:

 From RIVERSDALE N2:

Turn off N2 and travel into Riversdale. Follow Ladismith signs, which will direct you to turn left and travel about 10kms to and through the GarciaPass.

When you come out of the pass, travel a few kms and look for a sign to the right to Van Wyksdorp.

This is a dirt road, for about 45kms. Keep left and always follow the Van Wyksdorp signs.

When you get to Van Wyksdorp travel past it towards Ladismith, and about 3kms later look for the Olyvensrivier sign to your right.

Then follow directions above.

 

Blue Sky Organic Olive Farm Shop
R329, ,
OLYVENRIVIER VALLEY
VAN WYKSDORP Western Cape South Africa
Phone: 028 581 2014
Email: info@blueskyorganics.co.za

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Firstly, this is not a massive investment fund. This is my personal initiative and is funded by me, I already fund all the costs related to Ethical Suppliers and Open Education Centre. This initiative is really for the poorest of the poor who have practically nothing and need a helping hand to get somewhere.  

I used to be a chicken and pecan nut farmer a few years ago and had to quit because of family issues with the property. So yes, I have experience in farming, as well as an education site for farmers, Open Education Centre

From a little seed we can grow big things. Nature has all the means by which we can grow our money and farming is a way to do this while at the same time providing food for families and communities. 

I will buy most of the starter stock eg seeds and chicks, saplings, and so on. Watering costs will not be covered but we will try reduce water consumption as far as possible with the use of mulch and other methods to keep costs down. 

You will need to fetch the stock from the supplier if I cannot have it delivered, prepare the earth, sow the seed, water/irrigate and generally manage all day to day operations. If you are in Pretoria I will assist with the manual labour.

For the chicken farm you will need to construct a simple roosting perch from sticks and a simple hut with a basic door which can close at night. This can all be done with wood and salvaged materials. No floor needed, sand floors are best and I will explain why later. Eggs need to be collected daily and a small percentage of the eggs need to be marked and  left in their clutches in the hope that broody hens will hatch them out. We are trying to breed broodiness back in as this is in accordance with natural and humane principles. 

Once the operation turns profitable and I have recouped 200% of my total investment I will withdraw.

Remember – this is NOT a get rich quick scheme, this is only for individuals who share the same principles of ethical, eco friendly and humane farming. Profits will only start coming in after a few months, sometimes even up to a year or two, it all depends on what we are farming. 

Think about ways that you can “pay it forward”, eg seed donations etc, because this principle is extremely important. 

If all this excites you and you want to be part of the group please continue the application process below. I know it is long and tedious but I really want to get to know you a little better as we will be working closely together and I want to make sure we are a good fit :) 

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