Rosedale Organic Farm and B&B

We bought Rosedale Farm in 1996, and farmed it conventionally for a few years. We were frustrated by many problems associated with conventional citrus production, and in 2000 we decided to start converting it to organic production. The conversion process took three years, and in 2004 we started supplying the UK, EU and the local market with certified organic navel and Valencia oranges, lemons and clementines. Our production is certified by Control Union according to EU standards.

The adoption of an organic approach to farming has led to a dramatic increase in soil fertility, and a drop in the occurrence of most pests and diseases.

Soils have changed from hard and unyielding to soft and pliable, teeming with earthworms. Our trees are healthier, and most pests are under natural control. Many species of birds such as Guinea Fowl have dramatically increased in numbers, leading to a more complex and diverse environment.

Our farming practices cause large amounts of carbon to be sequestered every year. We ’fix’ a lot more carbon every year than we use in the form of diesel and electricity. When you stay with us you know you are minimising your impact of travelling on the environment.


Your hosts

Keith & Miso Finnemore

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About the farm

Rosedale Organic Farm produces citrus fruit and supplies the UK, EU, and the local market with certified organic navel and Valencia oranges, lemons and clementines. The farm is situated in Addo in the Eastern Cape, and uses renewable energy to run its accommodation facilities. We helped pioneer organic citrus farming in South Africa and are able to farm and live sustainably without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilisers.

We combine age-old farming methods with modern scientific techniques to grow food that is healthy, nutritious and pesticide free. Water, although a renewable resource, is a scarce resource, particularly in a dry country like ours. The organic methods we use increase the amount of humus in the soil. This holds water much more efficiently, and cover crops reduce evaporation. As a result, we use 20% less water than conventional orchards. Our clean and complex environment has rewarded us with a great increase in the number of birds that make our farm their home.

Our attitude towards our farming and guests is very straightforward – keep it simple and keep it natural. We believe that healthy soil leads to healthy plants which lead to healthy people. We provide as much organic food for our guests as possible, and when we have to buy outside, we make sure that it is from a farmer we trust. If you want to learn more about our farming methods, a 1-hour walking tour is available.

 

We are part of Soga Organic – a citrus juicing operation that supplies organic citrus juices to the EU and South Africa. We have cattle that are fed the waste peels from the juicing, so this operation is zero waste. The manure is turned into compost and given back to the soil.

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Rosedale Organic Farm and B&B
Main Rd
Addo 6105
South Africa
Phone: (+27) 42 233 0404
Email: info@rosedalebnb.co.za
Url: https://www.rosedalebnb.co.za

Apply to Join the Agri Investment Group

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 :) 

If you would like to help fund the initiative please contact info@ethicalsuppliers.co.za or 071 484 5295. 

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