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About achtertuin farm

Achtertuin was established in 1917 and has been farmed by the Versfeld family since then. The farm is situated in the Ceres region. Achtertuin is passionate about sustainability and have implemented biological practices for the past 25 years.

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achtertuin farm a Carbon Hero

The Confronting Climate Change Initiative has allowed us to quantify our carbon footprint and help highlight where we need to focus our time and money to achieve the biggest improvements – Achtertuin

Achtertuin's Sustainability Initiatives

To reduce energy use, Achtertuin has retrofitted VSD starters to all pumps and installed grid tied solar panels that generate 15% of annual irrigation demand. Achtertuin’s biological approach to farming has increased soil carbon significantly. Natural predators control mites and mealybugs, and mating disruption controls codling moth. All invasive alien vegetation has been removed from the farm and a yearly program is followed to remain free of aliens. Achtertuin is also in the process of trying to establish a riverine forest of natural trees, as well as implement annual trips into the adjacent mountain to remove pines and hakea from the mountain slopes above the farm.

Renewable Energy and VSDs

All Achtertuin’s irrigation pumps use VSDs to optimise efficiency and the farm has installed 45kW of solar PV to reduce grid demand.

Efficient Fuel Use

Achtertuin’s integrated pest management practices mean less spraying, less pesticide use, and as a result less diesel use. Their tractors and spray pumps are chosen on the basis of efficiency.

Reduced Synthetic Fertiliser

Achtertuin is decreasing its synthetic N usage and monitoring the impact of this. K2SO4 and soft rock phosphate are used as sustainable sources of K and P for the soil.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Achtertuin promotes recycling with multiple household bins, while all on-farm waste is collected at a central point. General and recyclable waste are separated using a skip and containers.

Promoting Soil Life

Achtertuin encourages weed growth on the bankie and all prunings are chipped onto the bankie to create a favourable environment for soil life.

Promoting Biodiversity

Achtertuin uses natural predators for pest control, while invasive alien vegetation is removed on an annual basis. The farm is also in the process of establishing a riverine natural tree forest.

Reports, Certificates and/or Case Studies

Carbon footprint report

Carbon footprint certificate

Sustainability case study

Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Achtertuin Farm - Carbon Footprint - Blue North
Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Achtertuin Farm - Carbon Footprint - Blue North
Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Achtertuin Farm - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

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