Picking Fynbos responsibly: A journey of improvement

Building capacity of Fynbos harvesters is at the heart of the Sustainable Harvesting Programme.

We have been revisiting some of our key members to refresh their sustainable harvesting practices and teach them some of the new methods and tools we have developed recently.

This process is to ensure that members are continuously improving and kept up to date with the latest research.

In the past two weeks, we’ve provided capacity building to 30 Fynbos harvesters working in natural Fynbos landscapes.

These harvesters pick Fynbos for Lourens Boerdery – a packshed that is a long-time member and supporter of the Sustainable Harvesting Programme.

Our focus for capacity building is on:

 

  • How to pick Fynbos responsibly (as per the Code of Best Practice);
  • And how to monitor harvesting practices (using the i-Fynbos app).

THE AIM IS TO TRAIN AND WORK WITH AROUND 100 FYNBOS HARVESTERS ACROSS THE CAPE FLORAL KINGDOM.

 

It’s part of our support to members of the Sustainable Harvesting Programme.

This year alone, Flower Valley’s footprint will stretch across 75,000 hectares of natural Fynbos landscapes through the programme.

This training is supported by the University of Newcastle and the University of Durham.

 

Your own Erica ID kit:

There are around 660 Erica species in the Cape Floral Kingdom. On Flower Valley Farm, we’ve got 19 Erica species. (Most notably, you’ll find the Endangered Erica irregularis.) We’ve compiled an Erica ID kit of the main Erica species you’ll find in our area. And we’re making this kit available to those who have Adopted a Hectare on Flower Valley Farm.