Video by Renee de Villiers from Eyewitness News
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Naturally Organic is a local family-run Organic Farm in Phillippi, Cape Town. They have been producing delicious fresh products since 2005.
About twenty minutes from the city centre, Phillippi is a unique horticultural area because of the close proximity to the city and the famous aquifer that sustains the 2500 hectares of farmlands. Naturally Organic strive to make the most of everything the great outdoors has to offer. Their products are fresh from the field, so you can be sure you are buying the best quality produce. Their values of good farming ethics are the driving force behind their beautiful produce.
Naturally Organic want organic farming to be economically viable and nurture the land, the staff and the people eating their produce. Compost is king on the farm – they work hard to keep their soils alive and healthy.
Skye Fehlmann is the founder of Naturally Organic. In 2004, only 20 years old, Skye walked onto the land of Gumtree Farm and decided to embark on an organic adventure.
“My aim was to diversify – start farming both roll on lawns and organic food, and see which one took off. I needed to be practical, I had to feed myself, but at the same time I wanted to farm healthy food. It was great to see how as we went on, it was clear that there was a gap in the market for organic veg and I could fill it and close down the lawn business. That was a good feeling.”
Skye was studying psychology at the time and simply wanted to make some extra cash selling people healthy vegetables. Knowledge of farming – or organic farming? Not so much. Thanks to Amazon, he got a delivery of 22 organic farming books and proceeded to read and self-educate himself.
“The books told me to start farming on my doorstep – because that’s where you walk. This seemed practical – farming in a corner of your land you never walk past would be a tough way to start and keep at it. We were up at 6am and worked until 6pm everday. As time went on, I made many mistakes, but the great thing was that I could learn so much by chatting to fellow farmers, and of course using the modern oracle: Google.
I have definitely had my moments of ups and downs - I guess I also don’t want to glorify farming too much as it can be really tough. But at the end of the day, I know it’s what I want to do and I am grateful I’ve had the opportunity in my life to pursue it. Waking up when the air is crisp and clean, swimming in the dam with my dogs, sweating into the compost, and watching that hard toil grow into beautiful produce.”
This is from from the Naturally Organic Site
The Farm is also Certified Organic