SUSTAINABLE FARMING

SUSTAINABLE FARMING

WHAT

we farm

Phazama Farm has several farming goals. One of our goals is to be self-sufficient; we wish to live from our own land. Our bee hives will prevent bees from extinction. To support the welfare in our community we create job opportunities for local farmers by growing products for the markets like sunflowers and chillies.

Chillies

When we decided to farm in the area, it seemed that the most sensible thing to grow is something that the elephants (and even the monkeys!) would not want to eat. With chillies being an inedible crop for most animals, and a natural deterrent to most wildlife (elephants in particular) the outsourcing of our production to local farmers guarantees the farmers a conflict free income. We work together with the Tshilli Farm, our neighbor, who is highly experienced in growing chillies.

Sunflowers

Sunflower is the most important oil seed crop and beside that they are nice in a vase at home. Sunflower requires low humidity and sunny conditions for optimal plant growth and development making it suitable for production at our farm.
Everything on the farm is fully organically farmed. We only use a mixture of diluted garlic and chilli spray to keep away aphids and other pests. We do not use any chemicals or synthetic products on our crops. We support responsible agriculture and the development of what is known as non-conflict crops.

Beekeeping

“Batswana, like other Africans, prefer natural honey than processed liquid honey.” We would even go as far as saying that beekeeping isn’t only important – it’s critical. There is a famous quote from Albert Einstein “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then men would only have four years left to live”. So, this is why we are beekeeping and to produce honey.