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About Us – Company Profile
Sandveld Organics has been founded by Theunis and Susi Engelbrecht in 1998. As an organic farm in Lamberts Bay we have come through the years of learning mainly the hard way. In an area with low winter rainfalls, strong winds and high temperatures in summer the production of vegetables poses many challenges. I guess it is true to say that we have pioneered organic farming here on the West Coast. Sandveld Organics has achieved and maintained organic certification since inception in 1998.
We started initially with fresh vegetables only, and for a few years we worked very hard to gain and maintain the status of independent supplier to one of South Africa’s leading retail groups. In this time we learnt all there is about the packing and processing of fresh produce. Our premises and systems were upgraded to meet the latest standards in hygiene as well as all relevant occupational and environmental regulations. For many years we produced a selected range of fresh vegetables and distributed through Cape Town’s web of informal markets, organic box systems and shops
Today we concentrate on the production of a wide range of certified organic seeds. In the beginning this was only a sideline started due to the non-availability of organic seeds locally. Working closely with SATIVA of Switzerland we learnt about best practices in the selection and preparation of plant propagation material. We also evaluated the performance of selected Northern Hemisphere seeds in our climate to complement our range with quality imported seeds. In compliance with Plant Protection laws Sandveld Organics registered as a Producer, Processor and Seller of Seed with the Department of Agriculture in 2002.
Turning not quite perfect produce and fruit material left after seed harvesting into delicious preserves is an excellent way of utilising the whole harvest in a gainful way. We pickle and pot about everyting that grows here and, over the years, have tested and selected recipes for a range of jams, pickles and sauces that we are proud of. Our preserves can be found in farm stalls and delis as far as the Cape.
For years we shared our knowledge with emerging farmers and families starting food gardens. This involvement grew into a structured support programme developed in cooperation with various State Departments for communities in the Greater Cederberg area. With COVID lockdown and the emergence of readily available online learning material our involvement in formal training came to an end.