Sustainability

Vogelsang Farm has an economical, environmental and social responsibility towards nature and we aim to protect our ecosystems and preserve our natural resources by:

Saving Energy

Vogelsang Farm invested in a solar system. This ongoing project started in 2015 with the latest upgrades being done in 2023. The system generates 110 Kw and the battery bank generates 120kWh.
On a good day the farm and the connected entities (all except the two accommodation units) function off grid whilst pushing energy back into the grid. Over an average of 12 months the system supplies 60% of the properties energy demand.
We make use of Eskom after sunset. The battery bank is only used as back up or when the property’s energy demand exceeds Eskom’s supply. The systems’ limits are pushed to its max during our peak season (November to April) and a breakdown causes havoc – a total temporary shutdown.

Saving Water

Our irrigation system is 100% automated to ensure optimal efficiency and effectivity – minimizing water usage and wastage of water.
Vogelsang Farm has 3 large dams in which the water is stored. We are fortunate to get water from the Grobbelaar River once every 14 days. The water is guided by channels and sluices. Our impressive pipeline and pump system reallocates the water to where it is most needed.
We make use of probes that precisely measure the moisture in the orchards soil.
At Karusa Estate we have an integrated water recycling system that allows us to purify used water to re-use for irrigation purposes. Our roof water catchment system collects more than 1000mᶾ per year.

Protecting the Fauna & Flora

We are implementing farming practices in a holistic, organic and biological approach to not only produce uncontaminated healthy fruit but also protect our resources and at the same time enhance ecosystems.

What is biological farming?

Biological farming refers to agricultural practices that protect and enhance soil life.
Examples we implement: Compost tea and microbes through irrigation, mulching with cover crops and wood chips, and lately, sheep droppings.

FISHING AND HUNTING ARE PROHIBITED.

What makes our accommodation eco-friendly?

We use the 5 R’s as a guideline: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle.
Listed below are a few examples of how we reduce our carbon footprint.

REDUCE:

We use nontoxic cleaning products.
We replaced the plastic bottled water with water in a glass carafe.
No body wash in a plastic tube but handmade soap.
No coffee pods but rather freshly grounded coffee in a paper bag.
We make use of good quality reusable cutlery and crockery.
No cotton or cotton buds available.

Seeing that the Klein Karoo is classified as a semi dessert area and bound to drought, we urge our guests to use water sparingly.
After all, the Khoi – San word, KARUSA, says is all – ‘Land of little water.”

REFUSE:

Guests are encouraged to separate kitchen waste. Each unit has a built-in compost bin. Healthy compost does not include whole eggs, meat scraps and bones, dairy products or grease. Other garbage and rubbish will be sorted, collected and transported accordingly.We educate our workers on littering. We (and they) pick up litter on a daily basis to contribute to a green living. There are bins on strategic places on the farm to encourage a ‘No litter campaign’.

REUSE:

We supply good quality reusable towels and linen.
Each cottage is fully equipped with reusable kitchenware.
All wood used in the units were recycled and reused.

REPURPOSE:

Both the accommodation units are renovated for repurposing rather than demolishing the buildings to start from scratch.
The lighting in each unit has repurposed console jars.
The furniture was inherited and refurbished.

RECYCLE:

We encourage guests to respect and to take part in our attempts towards a greener living.