The history of Modderfontein goes all the way back to 1725 when it was the first farm established by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) here in the Citrusdal valley. For the next 294 the farm played an important role here in the valley particularly because it is the gateway to and from the southern Cape.
We acquired Modderfontein in 2001 and began work restoring the historical buildings of the farm. At the same time we started the enormous undertaking of converting the neglected farm to organic principles. When people ask me about what organic farming I tell them that it is basically a holistic way of producing food and at the same time trying to preserve the surrounding landscapes by using systems as close as possible to those that occur in nature. Organic farmers try to preserve nature as much as possible by using practices that are hands-on but at the same time low-impact on the environment, such as weeding mechanically instead of using herbicides and encouraging predatory invertebrates to help control pests, instead of using man-made chemical pesticides.