Our former Harvesting Manager, Oom Alfred Swarts has died aged 62. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and died at his home in Stanford on Saturday 17 December.
Oom Alfred had worked for Flower Valley Conservation Trust since 2005. He joined as the team leader overseeing the harvesting team that at the time picked fynbos on Flower Valley Farm.
In 2015, the harvesting team became an independent contracting team, operating as a small business and picking fynbos as per the principles of the Sustainable Harvesting Programme for local pack sheds. Oom Alfred retired from the business at the end of last year due to illness.
Oom Alfred had been a Walker Bay region resident for many years, working at Flower Valley’s neighbouring farm, Fynbos Retreat, since the 1980s.
Oom Alfred will be remembered for his incredibly kind nature, his love and knowledge of fynbos, and his leadership.
He is survived by his wife, Jolene, his three children and three grandchildren.