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

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

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

Programs

School Facilities and Equipment

Fair Trade premium funds were used to purchase equipment and supplies for local daycare centers and schools. It helped build an amphitheatre for the Paardekop Farm School as well as a bus stop for commuting children. Afterschool care centers were also provided with new sports equipment.

A Space for the Community

Premium funds have allowed for the construction of a community hall. Today, the hall is used technical trainings, weddings, church services, sports activities and youth clubs.

Trainings and Scholarships

Workers voted to use Fair Trade funds for preschool teacher trainings and academic scholarships at the high school and college level for their children. They purchased equipment for primary and preschools on and near the estate. An amphitheatre was built at the Paardekop farm school as well as a new bus stop for commuting children.