Locally famous...
Organic Mixed Tree Crops
Locally famous...

Camphill Farm is locally famous for its seasonal organic citrus; Navel and Valencia orange varieties, lemons, grapefruit and naartjies. These perennial tree crops are our core cash crop. A mainstay of nutrition for our students and staff in winter and spring.

Camphill Farm is locally famous for its seasonal organic citrus; Navel and Valencia orange varieties, lemons, grapefruit and naartjies. These perennial tree crops are our core cash crop. A mainstay of nutrition for our students and staff in winter and spring.

Locally famous...
Camphill orange trees...
Camphill orange trees...

The original Camphill orange trees were planted soon after the community was started in the mid-1970's. Many of the trees are now over 45 years old and still going strong. In fact, our strongest producers are some of the oldest trees in the orchards. There are currently about 1600 fruit trees in 3 orchards covering a total area of approximately 1.55ha. These orchards represent slightly different approaches in terms of variety diversity, planting density and irrigation type.

The original Camphill orange trees were planted soon after the community was started in the mid-1970's. Many of the trees are now over 45 years old and still going strong. In fact, our strongest producers are some of the oldest trees in the orchards. There are currently about 1600 fruit trees in 3 orchards covering a total area of approximately 1.55ha. These orchards represent slightly different approaches in terms of variety diversity, planting density and irrigation type.

Camphill orange trees...
Living in the space between
Living in the space between

Like the rest of the farm, fertility and pests are managed without the use of chemical fertilizers or biocides of any kind. We use only animal manures, on-farm compost, wood & grass mulch and irrigation to provide nutrition to the plants. We have diversified the productive activities in the orchards to include intercropping of other seasonal vegetable crops such as squash. We carefully manage livestock activity moving through them. The integration of perennial tree crops, annual vegetables and animals increases the productivity of the orchards by producing a greater range of products on the same land area. They also build more diverse soil ecology and reduce the human energy required to maintain the landscape and fertility of the system.

Like the rest of the farm, fertility and pests are managed without the use of chemical fertilizers or biocides of any kind. We use only animal manures, on-farm compost, wood & grass mulch and irrigation to provide nutrition to the plants. We have diversified the productive activities in the orchards to include intercropping of other seasonal vegetable crops such as squash. We carefully manage livestock activity moving through them. The integration of perennial tree crops, annual vegetables and animals increases the productivity of the orchards by producing a greater range of products on the same land area. They also build more diverse soil ecology and reduce the human energy required to maintain the landscape and fertility of the system.

Living in the space between
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Every task in the orchards is performed by hand using basic tools. A small dedicated team performs regular care and maintenance tasks in the orchards on a daily basis. Harvesting and packing activities are seasonal from May-October each year.

Every task in the orchards is performed by hand using basic tools. A small dedicated team performs regular care and maintenance tasks in the orchards on a daily basis. Harvesting and packing activities are seasonal from May-October each year.

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