As part of Worldwide Fruit’s Water Stewardship programme, Blue North is writing up a number of case studies on Worldwide Fruit’s key growers and where they are in terms of water stewardship in their main catchments. The aim of these case studies is to raise awareness on water challenges, but also to showcase sustainability strategies that South African growers are implementing.
Morgenzon Farm is situated in the Banhoek Valley, just outside of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Morgenzon predominantly farms with plums, but also some pears, butternut, pumpkins and indigenous flowers (Fynbos). They produce, pack and export their own fruit. They have their own packhouse on the farm, from where containers are loaded directly for the export market. Morgenzon is also one of four growers who are shareholders in RuBisCO (Pty) Ltd, a grower-based fruit marketing and exporting company. They are one of the original founders of the Banhoek Conservancy and an active member of the conservancy’s various social and environmental initiatives. A noteworthy sustainability initiative Morgenzon has implemented is their new indigenous tree windbreaks and ecological corridors. This initiative leads to massive water savings and increases the biodiversity on the farm. They are currently taking out all non-indigenous alien trees, and are chipping them up along with old orchards and using them as organic mulch. Morgenzon believes that through their efforts, with the conservancy and other initiatives, they are doing the right thing and making a change. They believe that everyone can contribute to change, no matter how small the contribution is.
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