Spring plantings start before the ground is really warmed up, to get a jump start on the season. Currently we are planting a variety of spring and summer crops. Tomatoes, brinjals and peppers need protection until the chance of late frost has passed. Other seeds such as beans, pumpkins and carrots are also going in now. Popular year round vegetables such as radishes, beetroot and leafy greens are planted every month to ensure continuity.
The demand for food grown without harmful chemicals is growing rapidly. Lynette grows all her vegetables using organic methods, this starts with soil improvement, healthy soil = healthy plants. Companion planting and the use of green manures also assist in growing healthy, nutritious plants which are naturally more resistant to disease. Visitors are welcome, for many city children it is the first time they see how their food is grown.
Growing food organically is labour intensive. Lynette employs 2 full time gardeners and 2 women for picking & packing. The farm has given the farm workers a section of land where they can grow their own produce, they also sell excess back to the farm. Lynette also sources vegetables from workers on neighbouring farms and other valley locals who grow their produce organically, creating much needed additional income within the community.
FARM EGGS & CHICKEN
The Eikelaan hens have access to the outdoors during daylight hours so they can scratch and sunbathe. They love to scratch and eat the weeds and left over vegetables provided from the garden.
Eikelaan also has its own olive grove. Olive harvest is in autumn, the oil is pressed locally and available for sale in sizes up to 5lts. Other Olive products include tapenade and black or green olives in brine.
A variety of other seasonal produce is available, from home made preserves and jams to almonds, biltong & sausage venison to cheeses. Farm raised chicken is also available in a variety of package sizes.