Tierhoek Valley is an ideal place to farm organically. The focus of the farm is to protect our natural heritage while also making a viable business from our orchards. Our team works hard to make everything at Tierhoek of the highest quality – from our fresh fruit, jams and dried fruit to our elegant guests cottages.
We see ourselves as an orchard farm – with a mixture of crops that can provide fruit and vegetables for our customers consistently throughout the season.
Apricots and plums grow particularly well in this region so we have planned our orchards with different varieties to fill our harvest time from mid-November until end of March.
We also have a 45 year-old quince orchard and have planted new quince orchards over the past few years as the demand for this Victorian fruit has grown.
The Lemon orchard at the top of the farm produces fruit all year around – though its main crop is in June and July. From this we produce an exceptional Lemon Marmalade.
The vegetables we grow are seasonal and chosen to suit our soils and climate. This project began in the Tierhoek vegetable garden, where we grew produce for ourselves and our team. We grow Italian plum tomatoes, chard, chillies and kale. The remainder of our vegetables are grown on a much smaller scale for personal use and for our guests who visit the cottages.
- Apricots – Sungold, Imperial, Bulida (Nov/Dec)
- Plums – Laeticia, Songold (Mar/Apr)
- Lemons – Eureka (Jul/Aug)
- Quinces – Portuguesa (May/Jun)
- Kale – Curly variety
- Tomatoes – Kamatla – Italian Plum variety (Jan-Mar)
- In 2017 we planted Olive trees at the top end of the farm in order to make Organic olive oil.
Part of our organic management plan is to be as sustainable and ecologically aware as possible in all that we do. We use an electric golf cart for transportation on the farm, we have solar heating in most of our houses and for the hot water in the production kitchen. All the dried fruit is packed in Good for the Ground biodegradable packaging made 100% from starch. We recycle all our rubbish through the municipal sites and any organic matter is fed to our pigs or chickens.
Bruce also collects old cooking oil from local restaurants and recycles it into Biodiesel. This powers our tractors and farm vehicles and is an excellent way of re-cycling a potential pollutant in our town.