Making a positive impact on our environment, uplifting our local community and building a sustainable agricultural farm which can flourish for generations to come is at the core of what we believe at Boschendal.
Boschendal is located within the Cape Floral Kingdom (CFK), the richest and also the smallest plant kingdom on the planet. Recognised both as a global biodiversity hotspot and a World Heritage site, this plant kingdom has come under increasing threat from agriculture, urban development and invasive alien species.
Key to our commitment to the conservation, preservation and restoration of our special environment is biological and regenerative farming practices that enrich the soil and promote a habitat of biodiversity both in the vineyards and surrounding vegetation.
Improving soil quality
We have grown our herd of pasture raised Black Angus cattle to more than 950. The cows improve soil quality by trampling manure and other decaying organic matter into the soil, turning it into rich humus. To further improve the quality, free range, pasture fed chickens in mobile units called chicken tractors follow the cows. As well as producing nutritious eggs for guests, they spread cow manure thereby further fertilizing the soil.
This, as well as various other projects to improve soil quality - the use of cover crops to boost natural compost production, minimising the traditional use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, using the drill technique rather than ploughing the soil, extensive, and using a bio char that turns agricultural waste into a natural soil enhancer - have resulted in a significantly improved soil quality across the estate.
Key projects here include reducing water use through intelligent irrigation and the use of
bio char; the clearing of 450 hectares of invasive alien vegetation; and the establishment of a conservation area. The estate is also actively increasing its use of sustainable energy: the farm is in the development phase of generating sufficient solar power to meet the estate’s energy needs.
The Boschendal hospitality team is decreasing its footprint by minimising food miles and food waste, as well as using composting and agri-landscaping.
Social and economic upliftment
We have a strong belief in long-term employment opportunities and education as tools to bring about social improvement. The estate has created 350 new jobs in the past three years alone and this has had a significant impact on the local community.
We have partnered with Solms-Delta to establish an early childhood development pre-school on the farm with the intention of providing a quality educational foundation for local children. There are 60 kids enrolled Klein Handjies with the expectation for this to grow to 120 by year-end.
Boschendal also supports the AITSA Aftercare Centre in Kylemore, 105 primary school children attend the centre.
Together with Solms Delta we support the appreciation and development of traditional winelands
music through the Music van de Caab Project – our involvement with this music development
program includes help with practice facilities, equipment and the putting on of performances.
Small business development
Linked to the social upliftment, a key part of our sustainability model is empowerment initiatives aimed at nurturing entrepreneurs from surrounding communities. The entrepreneurs are helped with an initial Boschendal market for their product or service, start-up finance, business guidance, accounting, admin and marketing support.
Among the small business supported and based on Boschendal are:
Silvermine Protection Services, a security and guarding company.
Integri Eggs, a pasture-raised chicken and egg business.
Classic Furniture, a furniture-making business
Boschendal MTB Hire, a mountain bike rental and tour business.
Read more about our sustainability initiatives:
Boschendal Sustainability Press Release 2016
Key sustainability initiatives: