Tom & H endeavour to utilize as much space and own resources as possible to build a self sustainable farming enterprise that does not only serve the environment, but finds more efficient ways of managing the investment they have made.
What do you do if your vineyards are not producing the high quality grapes required for the wines we love to produce, drink and share? Our answer is to utilize the space effectively & use it to our advantage.
The Brenaissance team will be clearing vineyard lands of 25ha – using no other casual labour except our own team, Tom and the farm managers. This land will be used for high-density grazing grounds for our Boran Stud Cattle. Keep an eye on the vineyards across the road from Café Blanc de Noir...changes happen fast!
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit" -Nelson Henderson-
Brenaissance Boran Camp 1
A project of change & growth
Andy St Leger, Hayley's brother, has been tasked with Phase 1 of clearing Brenaissance Camp 1. He has gathered a workforce to assist him in removing irrigation pipes, wires and eventually the vineyard poles from the land previosly under vine. The materials removed will be sold to assist in funding the labour & so we work in a prudent way towards an exciting outcome.
Week 1, 2 & 3
- Wires were removed from all poles of the vine structures.
390 rows were completed, each with 5 wires spun across.
The wires collected & rolled were transported back to storage for re-use.
- The team was also tasked with removing all irrigation pipes on & among the
-The poles are then the last standing structures to remove, there were 6000
poles to remove - no easy task for the team - but they wasted no time &
worked very hard! The poles were used for building the new fence around
camp. Clive & his team are at work with this project.
Week 4 & 5
- Pole removal & planting was the name of the game!
All poles that were removed were then in turn recycled to be part of the
fencing project. The poles need to be maticulously planted, erected,
straightened & secured.
- A full sweep of the land was done to collect any tangled & loose wires.
The findings were loaded onto the truck & taken to the scrap yard.
- There are still poles to be taken out - this is the completion of the land
clearing leg of this Boran Camp 1 project.
A note from Andy...
The 5 weeks I have been involved in the revamp of Vogel land have been tough work, however an amazing learning experience. It has broadened my knowledge and developed skills in a field I believe I will come to use later on in my life.
A few things I have learnt
How to drive a tractor
How to wire
How to speak Afrikaans
How to manage and motivate a team of workers
How to heard cattle
How to roll wire.
To partake in a photo shoot while farming ……
I have enjoyed this experience. Time has now come for me to focus on my last few exams with my main goal of graduating in December. I will definitely be keeping a close eye on Vogel's progress and when available will lend a hand.
Andy St Leger