Take Me To The Farm

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Take Me To The Farm is a new series of specially-arranged events aimed at connecting city-dwellers with farms and food in a fun and interactive way.

Coordinated by Food & Chaatter, in collaboration with Healthy Choices MagazineTake Me to the Farm is all about re-establishing your connection with nature, with greater understanding on where food comes from.  In line with their belief in healthy and sustainable choices, these events will be focused on organic and biodynamic farms in the Western Cape.

The very first visit is coming up very soon – scheduled for 15th Dec 2012, taking guests on an adventure to the biodynamic Bloublommetjieskloof Farm in Wellington. The full-day activities from 10 am until 4 pm include cheese making, plum harvesting, composting, socialising and tasting wholesome farm meals.

I think it’s an awesome way to spend a day, especially just before the craziness of the festive season…  I visited Bloublommetjieskloof Farm last year, and it is a wonderfully tranquil spot, perfect for an outing like this one.

Places are limited and organisers have agreed to extend the early bird discount to bookings made on or before Wednesday 12 December 2012.

  • EARLY BIRD (now- Dec 12) R300/pp
  • NORMAL PRICE R400/pp

Children under 6 years old are free.  Children aged 7-18 years old receive half-price discount.

To book, contact Lisa at founders@foodandchaatter.co.za 

 

Take Me To The Farm – activity schedule:

10 am: During a warm welcome with coffee/tea and some homemade snacks, you will get to know your hosts – Wendy and Ishaan – and learn about the history of Bloublommetjieskloof.

10:30 am: In the dairy, you will learn how butter, yoghurt as well as cottage, feta and peasants cheese is produced from unpasteurised and not homogenised milk.

Visit the plum orchard is calling to harvest ripe plums used to make the farm’s lekker plum juice and other products. Children, in the meantime, will go for a fun egg hunt and collect eggs laid by the hens all over the farm.

12 noon: A freshly prepared, hearty lunch with salad and a delicious dessert will revitalise your strength and energy. The lunch break gives you time to socialise with like-minded people and quiz your hosts.

1:30 pm: After lunch Wendy will explain the secrets of biodynamic fertilising, and you can participate and “brush the 500” over the farm’s herbs! Wendy will also show us how to build compost heap in your back yard or balcony.

3:30 pm: After some more refreshments with tea and coffee, round off your experience at the padstal.   For sale – local Christmas gifts – organic body care products, wine and more.

 

 

About Bloublommetjieskloof Farm 

This beautiful farm is hidden in the valley of Wellington, and was converted to biodynamic farming methods in the late 60’s. In 2008, Bloublommetjieskloof became the second farm in South Africa to be certified by Demeter International – regarded as the highest grade of organic farming certification in the world.

Bloublommetjieskloof’s produce is 100% organic and only Biodynamic Preparations are used as fertilisers. The farm produces body care and household cleaning products cultivated from herbs; dairy products; and delicious fruit jams and compotes. All products are available in markets and outlets across South Africa.

The farm places high priorities on animal welfare, thus all animals roam freely and graze on mixed pastures. This includes a small dairy herd – which provides the raw milk for the dairy, and chickens providing free-range eggs. Social education is a crucial part of anthroposophy: the philosophy behind biodynamic farming. Bloublommetjiekloof Farm offers an authentic farm experience for guests, hosting school groups, conferences and workshops.

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