Bosman Adama, near Wellington, believes that the natural environment is integral to the sustainability of the community, and that the responsibility for pro-active care and conservation rests with each one of us. From the propagation of grape vines in Bosman Adama’s nursery to the growing of grapes on their land, and ultimately the making of Bosman Family Vineyards wines in their cellar, the farm consciously employs practices at every level that conserves their resources, reduces waste, facilitates growth and promotes regeneration.
Our philosophy is to farm regeneratively and within that we are constantly looking for new and better ways to reduce our carbon footprint and find solutions to mitigate climate change. From improving the health of soils, applying the latest technology in the grafting cellar, experimenting with early-ripening, disease resistant varietals to purifying effluent water in the cellar and rationalizing packaging, we are continually working to reduce our carbon footprint – Bosman Adama
50% of Bosman Adama’s energy requirement is solar driven 450 kVA/h.
A drone reduces Bosman Adama’s reliance on resource-hungry tractors that erode and compact the soil.
Bosman Adama has converted from overhead irrigation to drip irrigation in their vine nursery saving 215 000m³ litres pa.
All vine cuttings are chipped and used as mulch on the vineyards The Hermanus tasting room recycles wine bottles by making them into glasses.
Compost tea is applied to the vineyards creating healthy soils that can sequester carbon. After only a year tests show that the levels of carbon in the soil increased by 220%. The farm also chips all their plant waste and apply it as mulch to the vineyards.
Eco corridors between the vineyards provide a natural habitat for plants, animals and insects to thrive and maintain a natural ecosystem. Alien vegetation is cleared on an ongoing basis which increases the water table and encourages biodiversity. Instead of using a chemical weedkiller, Bosman Adama’s herd of 300 sheep keep weeds at bay in the vineyards. Their excrement provides a natural fertiliser and their hooves break up the soil. No harmful insecticides are used on crops. Instead, natural predators, Permipar and Limonica, combat pests such as mealie bug and thrips.
Through this digital recognition platform, we celebrate the Carbon Heroes taking part in the Confronting Climate Change (CCC) Initiative for their considerable effort in calculating and understanding their carbon emissions.
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