Haygrove’s solution for Food Security problem

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Haygrove has publish in this month’s Agri Kultuur magazine on Food Security. Haygrove has developed the all new ‘Farm-in-a-box’ kit for emerging farmers and as possible solution to food security for families in the future. Please read the article online by following the link:

http://www.joomag.com/magazine/agri-kultuur-october-oktober-2014/0708530001413707584

Haygrove Farm in a Box article October Agrikultuur

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Haygrove introducing all new Farm-in-a-box Kits at the African Farmers Expo

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Hosted at JHB Expo Centre, the African Farmers Workshop and Expo is a three year old interactive agricultural show, with the objectives of promoting and empowering the emerging African farmers of South Africa and the rest of Africa, facilitating their training, skills development and showcasing opportunities within the agricultural sector. It also provides a unique opportunity in ensuring that the private sector interacts with the public sector in the efforts of empowering and upskilling emerging African farmers. A variety of workshops are been held, where experts and governmental organisations are able to do presentations to farmers and educate them on various topics, ranging from financing, to access to markets, commercial vehicles and export opportunities.

Haygrove will be exhibiting at the exhibition once again this year and will make use of the opportunity to introduce a new product, the farm-in-a-box kit for emerging farms at this year’s exhibition.

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The ‘Farm-in-a-box” kit is aimed to be a complete and sustainable Food Upliftment Project that involves teaching people vegetable production in greenhouse tunnels. The project aims to address the issues of unemployment and food insecurity. It also serves as a way for Government Departments, NGO’s and corporate sponsors to ensure funds spent have a measurable outcome.

In order for these projects to be a success we believe we need to take four key factors into account:

  • We need to be realistic in achieving goals. 60% success rate at least.
  • The project will only work if we give the necessary training and ongoing support
  • The project needs to be sustainable. We need to give good backup support to the benefactors
  • There needs to be some form of accountability rather than just a hand-out.

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Initial Equipment: Vegetable Farm-in-a-box

Each project initially begins with all the equipment necessary for vegetable production. Equipment includes but is not limited to:

  • Haygrove Growhouse: 4mX10m, 8.5mX15m, 8.5x30m Haygrove tunnel
  • Irrigation System: Appropriate irrigation system for tunnel (Drip or overhead) including pump and tanks where required.
  • Farmer’s Sprayer: 20 Litre Knapsack Sprayer
  • Vegetable seedpack: 5 types of vegetable seeds
  • Fertilizers: One season worth of required fertilizer
  • Soil conditioners: Treatment for one growing season
  • Fungicide/Insecticide: Environment Friendly product for one season crop protection
  • Growhouse implements: Spade/Rake/Fork/Hand tools
  • Training: 3 day on site training offered on the usage of the kit.
  • Haygrove mentorship support package: A Haygrove extension officer will visit Farm in a box projects at their site 3 times during a 12 month period to consult, advice and address any agricultural issues that may need attention. During these visits the emerging farmers will be expose  to new technologies, growing techniques, products and Markets available. Continued offsite telephonic and online/email support offered during this period.

Haygrove now also offer similar kits for small scale chicken farmers

Please do visit us at the African Farmers Expo from 12th August – 14 August 2014.

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Haygrove South Africa at NAMPO 2014

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We are on our way up to NAMPO today to start building our stand. Our stand will show off the range of tunnels we have available. Our sales team will be on hand for the 3 days to answer any questions you may have. So whether you are wanting a backyard DIY tunnel or a 20ha commercial Multi-span Greenhouse – come visit us on stand 191 NAMPO 2014!

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Viticulture in Haygrove tunnel

Vineyard inside a Haygrove  tunnel

Vineyard inside a Haygrove tunnel

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Mark Chien from Penn state university published an interesting article on growing grapes in Haygrove tunnels. According to him this can be very beneficial to people that want to grow grapes in colder climates.

He state the following as some of the advantages on planting vines under plastic cover:

Greater consistency achieving mature fruit

Earlier bud break and fruit ripens sooner than uncovered grapes

Control of vine-water relations, ability to use regulated deficit irrigation

Finer control of nutrition using fertigation

Less disease problems

Less insect problems

Longer and better acclimation period resulting in enhanced cold hardiness

Better spring (and possibly fall) frost protection

If you are interested in the reading the full article, please click on the following link: http://www.wine.co.za/attachments/PDF-View.aspx?PDFID=2914

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Emerging farmer’s success in Haygrove Small Scale Production Unit

Sydney inside his Haygrove Small Scale production unit

Sydney inside his Haygrove Small Scale production unit

Haygrove South Africa has recently visited a successful emerging farmer, Sydney in the Hemel and Aarde Valley in Hermanus. He is currently farming successfully in his 4x10m Haygrove Small Scale production unit.

The Small scale production unit was donated to the small community on the farm by Haygrove Heaven that is currently commercially growing berries hydroponically on the farm. The community lost interest in the project and Sydney, a young school leaver that has been unable to find work, stepped up and started growing vegetables in the tunnel. With the help and guidance from the local Haygrove Berry farmer he has grown vegetables successfully now for over a year.

Sydney opened the sides of the tunnel to allow for ventilation during hot summer months- a unique feature of Haygrove's tunnels

Sydney opened the sides of the tunnel to allow for ventilation during hot summer months- a unique feature of Haygrove’s tunnels

He is currently growing tomatoes, peppers, spinach and basil in the unit. He has set up a hydroponic system in growing bags. He mixes his fertilizer in a High pressure tank from which it supply the plants with the nutrients through dripper system. He manage the nutrients in the tank by monitoring the EC.

Sydney has managed to establish a local market set-off for his produce. He delivers his freshly picked vegetables to Moggs Cookhouse Restaurant: http://www.moggscookhouse.com/. The restaurant is situated to close to where he operate the greenhouse tunnel. The small scale production unit have given Sydney an opportunity to earn an income year round and aquire a scarce skill in hydroponic farming. He is learning valuable skills in running a small agri-business.

Tomatoes will be ready for harvesting within the next few weeks and delivered freshly picked to the local restaurant for added quality.

Tomatoes will be ready for harvesting within the next few weeks and delivered freshly picked to the local restaurant for added quality.

Haygrove Tunnels sells a complete turnkey product to emerging farmers that include a greenhouse tunnel, equipment, irrigation, fertigation and seedlings for the emerging farmers. Haygrove also offer an extensive training program tailored to the needs of the emerging farmer. Haygrove South Africa is committed to help emerging farmers make a success of their agri-business by offering a full 12 month mentorship support program after off set.

Corporate companies or private investors interested in enterprise development or social investment can now purchase an emerging farmer kit as sponsor to a community or person and have the peace of mind that the project will bear fruit or vegetables and that is sustainable over a long period of time.

For more information, please contact: admin@haygrove.co.za or projects@haygrove.co.za

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Haygrove Tunnels exhibiting at the Undercover Farming Expo, 4-6 March

undercover farming photosThe third Undercover Farming Expo and Conference will be held at the Saint George Hotel & Convention Centre near Pretoria, from 4 – 6 March 2014.  This expo and conference will focus on intensive farming techniques and farming industries for existing and potential producers and buyers of vegetables, flowers, fruit and seedlings being produced under protective cover, as well as for suppliers to the industry.

The expo covers all the elements involved in the undercover production methods from tunnel construction, growth enhancements and climate conditions to seedlings, packaging and export opportunities.

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Haygrove Tunnels, an internationally recognized company that specialize in greenhouse tunnel construction, will be exhibiting at the expo for 3 days offering interested parties a wealth of information on farming undercover and the newest technologies available on the market. Haygrove is not only keen to meet with bigger commercial farmers, but also with emerging and small scale farmers that are interested in undercover farming solutions.

Situated 20km from OR Tambo International Airport, the Saint George is easily accessible from Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounding areas.

Interested parties can set up a meeting with Haygrove or contact Haygrove at: projects@haygrove.co.za or admin@haygrove.co.za for a free invitation and entry to the event.

For more information about Undercover Farming Expo, including information about exhibitors: www.undercoverfarmingexpo.co.za.

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Haygrove community projects: Small scale production unit tunnels aid two local Crèche’s feeding programs

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Haygrove South Africa donated a small scale production unit tunnel to two crèche’s in the local community. The aim of the tunnels is to assist with vegetable growth to supplement the crèche’s feeding schemes. The fresh vegetables do not only ensure a nutritious meal for the young minds, but also create and interest in small scale farming and teaching the children to grow their own food at home.

Thandi Crèche is a project that is sponsored by a group from the UK that have a passion for education in poor communities, the Thandi project: www.thandi.friends.org.uk.

Haygrove director meeting with Thandi teacher Elizabeth at the tunnel in front of the crèche

Haygrove director meeting with Thandi teacher Elizabeth at the tunnel in front of the crèche

The other Crèche is the project of a local woman called Lettie that have identified the need within her community for a crèche. She have single handily gotten the project from the ground and managed to get sponsorships from a church organisation.

Both Crèche projects have a gardener now assigned to the tunnel for a few days a week and Haygrove have committed to ensure that these gardeners get proper training to equip them to manage the tunnels efficiently and optimally.

Lettie and gardener Frans in the small scale production unit with drip irrigation where they will soon harvest vegetables to supplement the school feeding program

Lettie and gardener Frans in the small scale production unit with drip irrigation where they will soon harvest vegetables to supplement the school feeding program

Haygrove is committed to supply these projects with mentorship and support to make a success of the tunnels and ensure that the children will benefit from eating fresh vegetables year round.

Haygrove’s aim is to become more involve in projects like this and is currently busy designing a product pack for similar projects, which will include a tunnel, training, fertilizer, organic fungicides, basic seed pack and farming equipment.  These product packs can then be bought by corporate companies who want to invest in social development projects or charity organisations that want to invest in a sustainable development project. Haygrove aim to create a sustainable product that will be able to be incorporated throughout Africa. This will significantly reduce poverty, mal-nutrition and food insecurities. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on: admin@haygrove.co.za or visit our website on www.haygrove.co.za

 

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Berry producer invests in water recycling – Haygrove in the news

M&S Indicator Farm and supplier Haygrove is confident that their site near Ledbury is now nearly self-sufficient in water, due to their large scale investment in rain capture and recycling. From humble beginnings, the original very small business has grown to a large soft fruit and cherry enterprise operating in the UK and South Africa, alongside a worldwide polytunnel business, and enjoys field scale technical innovations.

To read the full article PLEASE CLICK HERE

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For more information on Haygrove South Africa, please visit www.haygrove.co.za. For all  enquiries, please contact info@haygrove.co.za 

 

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Bulembu Hydroponics Project

Haygrove Solo-tunnel structure in Bulembu

Haygrove Solo-tunnel structure in Bulembu

Located in the Highveld of Northwest Swaziland, Bulembu was established in the late 1930’s as a mining town which grew to a thriving community of over 10,000 people. In 2001 the mining company close down and soon this town was abandoned with a community with no income. In 2006, a team of entrepreneurs and social developers with a vision to restore Bulembu to a self-sustaining community set up the Bulembu project. This vision for sustainability includes fostering the development of a new generation of emerging leaders through orphan care, education, health services and commerce.

Haygrove South Africa was asked to assist with setting up a poly-tunnel with irrigation system in Bulembu. The project was funded by Eureka Rotary and Overseas Resource Link. Haygrove set up a Solo Poly-tunnel system with a drip irrigation, as the team from Bulembu is interested in growing tomatoes.  Haygrove assisted the team with the technical aspects of setting up the irrigation and the poly-tunnel and played a major advisory role in the set-up of the project.

Haygrove hard at work setting up the tunnel

Haygrove  hard at work setting up the tunnel

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The finished product, ready for farming.

The finished product, ready for farming.

Sifiso, a senior boy attending the high school have been involved with the schools smaller hydroponics system and since mid-January, he has been doing flow tests and setting up the irrigation computer on this larger system that will soon be planted with tomato seedlings.

Five hundred and eighty plastic bags will be planted with tomato seedlings. When fully grown, more than one hundred plants should be producing approximately six tons of tomatoes per year.  Each growing bag contains shredded bark, an inert material, since hydroponics provides all the necessary nutrients through the irrigation. Each bag has its own irrigation dripper, with a flow rate of about one and a half liters per hour. Leakage out the bag is normal, with some overflow necessary for a complete nutrient delivery on each of the four watering cycles per day.

The tomato bags, ready for planting

The tomato bags, ready for planting

Nutrients for growing tomatoes are added to the two 2500 liter water tanks. A control unit has been programmed to send the fertilized water four times a day through the pump and into the irrigation system that feeds each tomato plant individually.

Irrigation tenks

Irrigation tenks

 

Haygrove South Africa is extremely excited about this project and encourage young Sifiso in enquiring knowledge through putting things into practise. We hope to see him any many others from the community grow up to become the future pioneers of agriculture through hydroponic farming. For more information about Bulembu you can visit their website: http://www.bulembu.org/

Haygrove South Africa offers a complete package to corporate companies interested in investing in social enterprise development or community development projects as well as charity organisations that is looking to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in poorer communities. Haygrove south Africa offers the technical skills and agricultural knowledge to implement these projects and ensure the successful management of these projects through mentoring and advisory roles.

Sifiso, a keen student of hydroponic and future pioneer.

Sifiso, a keen student of hydroponic and future pioneer.

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Haygrove Garden tunnel solution for Urban Farmers

Urban Farming have many benefits for you and your family

Urban Farming have many benefits for you and your family

Urban Agriculture/ Urban farming has become a worldwide buzz word in the last decade. Recently the concept of urban agriculture has also taken off in South Africa with several community gardens and roof-top gardens being set-up in the bigger cities.

Urban agriculture can be defined as growing fruits, herbs, and vegetables and even raising animals within cities, a process that is accompanied by many other complementary activities such as processing and distributing food, collecting and reusing food waste and rainwater, and educating, organizing, and employing local residents.

There is nothing like eating a sandwich with freshly picked tomato and basil from your own home garden. It not only revitalize you physically, it also give you a sense of purpose from growing your own produce.

Urban farming in a garden tunnel guarantee fresh vegetables 365 days of the year.

Urban farming in a garden tunnel guarantee fresh vegetables 365 days of the year.

Urban farming has many advantages;

-It lowers your carbon footprint (produce do not get transported many miles to your home)

-You control the amount of pesticides that get sprayed on your vegetables

-Increased Quality and freshness of your produce, (Pick fresh fruit and vegetables from your garden system daily)

-Studies have proven that gardening will lower your stress levels and improve mental health.

-Gardening is a great way to bond the family.

Spending some quality family time in the garden tunnel after school

Spending some quality family time in the garden tunnel after school

Haygrove South Africa has made Urban farming even easier by developing a range of products aimed specifically at the urban farmer.

Haygrove’s garden tunnel provides cover and protection year round so you can grow and produce fresh fruit and vegetables for 365 days a year!

The Haygrove garden tunnel makes organic farming so much easier as it will protect your crop against pests and insects. Weed control is not an issue as the tunnel creates a controlled environment.

 

Cucumbers and tomatoes  growing in a Haygrove garden tunnel

Cucumbers and tomatoes growing in a Haygrove garden tunnel

 

For those who consider becoming urban farmers, but are hesitant because of their already busy lifestyles; Haygrove’s garden tunnel come fully equipped with an irrigation system. This make watering as easy as pressing a button.

The Urban farming revolution is changing lives on a daily basis, maybe it is a good time to give it a try.

Cooling off under the Haygrove tunnel Irrigation sprinklers!

Cooling off under the Haygrove tunnel Irrigation sprinklers!

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