Eddie Redelinghuys

Eddie Redelinghuys

Hi, my name is Eddie Redelinghuys and I am the founder of BioCape. Together with my team I grow organic grapes in a beautiful part of South Afrika called Paarl for Nature & More.

Since 1898 five Redelinghuys generations have produced grapes and wine under the African sun in Paarl, one of the largest wine regions in Africa. In the 90s we realised that chemical pesticides couldn’t resolve the problems we had with plagues and diseases. We started to think about alternative options, which led to organic agriculture. Pavich Farm in the USA, an important producer of organic grapes in that time, was an inspiration for us. In 1997 we started converting to organic. In 2001 our farm and the grapes were officially certified as organic.

 

N&M: Can you tell something about the region where your farm is located?

Eddie: Paarl, is the largest wine region in Africa. Paarl’s history has been woven by an intricate set of circumstances and started with the nomadic tribes that used to frequently visit the valley, in the search of finding grazing land for their cattle and sheep. Paarl’s eleven-kilometer long main street was the old wagon route to the north. Paarl made headlines when President Nelson Mandela was released from the Victor Verster Prison (today Drakenstein Prison) to freedom and the beginning of a new South Africa. Afrikaans, one of South Africa’s official languages has its origin in Paarl. The Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl represents the roots and growth of Afrikaans.

N&M: What products do you grow and what’s special about your products? 
Eddie: We grow delicious green, red and black organic table grapes. We also produce bio-compost under the name Reliance Compost.

N&M: What do you see as the benefits of organic farming now? 
Eddie: By growing organic, there is more carbon in the soil and the soil is more fertile. There is less soil erosion and the water is conserved better. We are also using resources more efficiently.

N&M: Is there something that every consumer should know about you or your farm?

Eddie: For me organic agriculture is farming with Nature, where we grow products for human development without having a negative impact on the environment. Furthermore, I believe that organic production cannot exclude the people involved with it. The whole workforce should share in the benefits of the farming cooperation. Sustainable agriculture should also result in a sustainable enterprise. Such an enterprise is never built around one individual but always around the collective group.  

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  • 3 years 6 months ago

    Hi Eddie.
    I am happy to see all this success and wish you more.
    The experience i had with you in morocco was very rich .
    You are really a good leader.
    ettairo@gmail.com

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One Cent for the Future

I want to thank you for buying our delicious grapes not only on behalf of my team but also because you are directly supporting a wonderful project. Let me explain, through the Nature & More 1 cent for the future campaign and our friends at Greenpop (www.greenpop.org), we are raising funds to help eco-educate the South African youth in this part of the cape and improve their lives and that of their community. The focus of these special workshops will be on planting trees and protecting the surrounding ecosystem. For every kg of grapes sold, at least € 0,01 will go to this great project. We see education as the best possible investment and therefore on behalf of everyone here we would like to say Baie Dankie. Eddie

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Hi Eddie.
I am happy to see all this success and wish you more.
The experience i had with you in morocco was very rich .
You are really a good leader.
ettairo@gmail.com

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