Eddie Redelinghuys

Eddie Redelinghuys

Hi, my name is Eddie Redelinghuys and together with my team, we grow delicious green, red and black organic grapes in a beautiful part of South Africa called Paarl near the city of Cape Town. We also produce bio-compost under the name Reliance Compost.

Apart from table grapes we also grow organic wine grapes and vegetables. My family has been growing grapes in this beautiful location for more than a hundred years. Over the years agriculture got more professional and efficient. But in the 90s we started to realise that chemical pesticides couldn't resolve the problems we had with plagues and diseases. We started to think about other options, which led to organic agriculture. Pavich Farm in the USA, an important producer of organic grapes in that time, was an important inspiration. In 1997 we started converting to organic. In 2001 our farm and the grapes were officially certified as organic. 

 

N&M: Eddie, can you tell us something about your holistic approach to sustainable agriculture?
Eddie: For me organic agriculture is farming in harmony with Nature, whereby we grow products for human development without having a negative impact on the environment. Furthermore, I believe that organic production cannot exclude the people involved in it. The whole workforce should share in the benefits of the farming cooperation. Sustainable agriculture should also result in a sustainable enterprise. Such an enterprise is never built around one individual but always around the collective group.

N&M: Can you tell us something about the environmental issues in this part of Africa?
Eddie: Some of the biggest environmental problems South Africa has to face, are lack of fertile land, soil degradation, and pollution of its rivers and groundwater. One of the main factors causing these problems is the excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pest and disease control agents. As a country we need to move away from our dependence on chemicals and move much more towards a natural manner of feeding the soil and subsequently our crops. The solution is high quality organic compost.

N&M: Apart from growing amazing grapes you are also running a successful compost business (Reliance), can you tell us something about this adventure?
Eddie: Our business is situated in the heart of the beautiful Cape Boland region and it is there that Reliance produces certified organic compost. Approximately 30,000 m3 of chipped green garden refuse is collected monthly on 10 conveniently placed drop-off facilities and landfills around the City of Cape Town. This green waste is not only the main input for out compost but by using it we are helping to solve a serious environmental issue. We have kept over 10,000,000 m3 of green garden refuse out of already overcrowded landfills since contracting with the city more than a decade ago. This resulted in reducing over 500 000 tons of carbon dioxide gas escaping into the atmosphere, thus mitigating the impacts caused by climate change.  
Our composting technology has been approved by Credible Carbon as a greenhouse gas emission reduction method. 

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  • 1 week 12 hours ago

    Hi Eddie.
    I am happy to see all this success and wish you more.
    The experience i had with you in morocco was very rich .
    You are really a good leader.
    ettairo@gmail.com

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One Cent for the Future

I want to thank you for buying our delicious grapes not only on behalf of my team but also because you are directly supporting a wonderful project. Let me explain, through the Nature & More 1 cent for the future campaign and our friends at Greenpop (www.greenpop.org), we are raising funds to help eco-educate the South African youth in this part of the cape and improve their lives and that of their community. The focus of these special workshops will be on planting trees and protecting the surrounding ecosystem. For every kg of grapes sold, at least € 0,01 will go to this great project. We see education as the best possible investment and therefore on behalf of everyone here we would like to say Baie Dankie. Eddie

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Hi Eddie.
I am happy to see all this success and wish you more.
The experience i had with you in morocco was very rich .
You are really a good leader.
ettairo@gmail.com

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