Producer Profiles

Citrusdal - Bergandal Boerdery

Citrusdal Bergendal is situated in Citrusdal amongst the lush green citrus orchards of the Western Cape of South Africa. It is comprised of Bergendal Boerdery, Bergendal Rooibos, Manenberg Property which owns the Maanskloof farm, and a fruit packinghouse. Set in the Cedarburg Mountains, this region is among the most fertile botanical zones in the world and the only zone where Rooibos, for herbal tea, is grown. Citrusdal Bergendal uses 100 percent organic methods in order to preserve this pristine environment.

Since 2004, Citrusdal Bergendal has been Fair Trade certified for wine, oranges, clementines, mandarins and mineolas, in addition to Rooibos tea. They also grow deciduous fruit, raise sheep and grow bucha, another herbal plant. The farm’s Joint Body recognizes the importance of training its workers and dedicates much of its resources to make workshops an integral part of their professional and social development. They regularly contract training organizations to offer several sessions throughout the year on topics including financial management, conflict resolution, food hygiene and health issues such as HIV/AIDS and STD awareness and prevention.
 

Quotable

Our vision is to be well trained and responsible co-partners, producing quality products in a world-class business, while creating wealth in harmony with nature and to the grace of God.  

Bergendal Boerdery Joint Body and Workers Committe

The circumstances we work under have changed. If chemicals are sprayed in the orchards, we are no longer allowed to work during that time. The premium money we receive improves life in the community. The workers receive training. This is all very good.  

Paul Afrikaner

Programs

Winter Shoes for Women

The Fair Trade premium provided winter shoes for the women of Citrusdal-Bergandal to use during the South Africa cold seasons.

Rugby and Soccer Field Upkeep

An irrigation system to maintain the soccer and rugby field lawn was set up using Fair Trade premiums. A spotlight was also installed for evening practices and activities.

House Improvements for Workers

The Joint Body of Citrusdal-Bergandal dedicated portions of premium funds for workers' home improvements. Workers were able to purchase tiling, paint and showers to install in their homes. Some farmers even built verandas to create extra room.