De Angelus Project: Agriculture
De Angelus Project
Section A: Horticulture
1. Pecan nut production unit:
This division envisions the establishment of an orchard of approximately 600ha of pecan nut trees. It also sports amazing water reserves. This production unit will also accommodate a pecan nut processing, packing and storage warehouse. Teff grass, Eragrostis teff, Irish Rye grass and Red Clover, will be grown between the rows of trees. During the winter months, the grass will be cut, baled and used for cattle and horses. Red Clover is a phenomenal natural feed for grazing of Dairy cows for milk production. Various experts have been consulted, and only hardy varieties of Pecan, as discussed further, will be planted. The Pecan production unit will create numerous full-time training and employment, as well as seasonal (packaging) employment opportunities.
2. Olive virgin oil production unit:
An orchard of about 35ha of olive trees, suitable to the climatic conditions, will be established. Varieties such as Luccino, Koroneiki and Frantoio are considered, due to their specific qualities, taking the geographical area and climate into account.
3. Herbal & fresh produce production unit: Farm Geluk
The old cultivated land, approximately 35ha, in the northwestern corner of the farm Geluk will be used for an herb and fresh produce production unit. Herbs and fresh produce considered are: chives, onions, potatoes, garlic, leeks, chard, kale, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, turnips, kohl rabi, carrots, sweet potato, radish, beans, celery, marrows, celeriac, asparagus, artichokes, fennel, rhubarb, basil, rosemary and aubergines, amongst others.
4. Natural plant oils and nursery unit: Farm Nolans Volens II
An area of approximately 42 ha in size, marked as “horticultural area”, will be used for the construction of nursery tunnels and open fields. The area is currently degraded and eroded as a result of the construction of the current NMPP pipeline, many years ago.
De Cielo nursery
The actual nursery will be located at the old farm entrance to the farm Nolans Volens 2. Organic products, plants, garden supplies, as well as garden ornaments, will be sold to the public.
The horticulture training will be implemented from the nursery, as the base of the fresh produce and plant culture production centre, will reside here. The tea garden, Spices, will provide refreshments and comfort to the visitor.
5. De Cielo nursery, worm farm
The De Angelus Estates is to create a massive wormery, for the production of sufficient worm-culture, as organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers and sprays. The worm farm will form part of the De Cielo nursery, where bi-products will also be on sale to the public. The worm farm will be protected from excessive wind and/or climatic conditions, as to protect the worms from sudden drops or hikes in temperatures.
Section B. Animal production
1. Alpaca llama production unit and the De Angelus Weaver
The llama production unit is envisaged to cover grazing veldt on Paulina and Geluk, although the core of the unit will reside on Geluk (De Angelus Alpacas).
Llama was selected, due to unique employment opportunities arising from the scope of products that could be produced, as well as the quality grading of their flax. The fact that these animals, due to physical attributes, have less impact on soil structures and are highly suited for the climate was also taken into account. Pioneering work has been done in the US, where Llama, apposed to horses, are used in the rehabilitation of children with physical impediments or personality disorders. The Estates also wish to explore this treatment regime further in due time.
The De Angelus Weaver will train and employ individuals from within the local community to treat, spin and create products from Alpaca Llama wool, which will be sold locally and internationally. Employees will be granted shareholding opportunities through a trust, especially created for this purpose.
2. Cattle production and Cattle Rearing training unit
Organic beef is to be reared at the farm with a herd of 400 cattle, and dairy with a heard of 120 dairy cows. The DAE Organic Market will retail produce from the project in the Van Reenen Village. Fresh produce grown at the Estates will also be sold to hawkers who want to enter into SMME’s at other township communities.