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Loxtonia Farm is a family owned farm, tucked away in the Ceres Valley and is home to families spanning 3 generations. Inclusively we employ 250 staff from over 25 families that live on the farm. We at Loxtonia are very conscious about the environment and we put sustainable practices at the forefront in all that we do. There is something very special about waking up to the sound of birds chirping, seeing the stars so clearly in the sky at night, drinking clear mountain water and smelling the fresh morning air.

The agricultural part of our business has been going for over 30 years, with the cider being the newest addition. Our fruit harvest starts in December and ends in June starting with nectarines and plums then pears and ending off with apples. We have 14 different plum varieties, 4 different pear varieties and 6 different apple varieties, making this over 24 fruit varieties in total. We export the majority of our fruit to supermarkets worldwide and produce some for local markets such as Pick n Pay and Checkers. 80% of all our fruit gets exported, which means that the pack store is in full operation from November –through to September.


Larry Whitfield bought the farm, Dwarsberg at the farmers auction in 2017 and empowered 10 of his long-time serving farm workers to become shareholders – each owning 10% of the farm. He formed a 100% black empowered company called Dwarsberg Farming. Each shareholder is involved in a specific function, which forms a crucial element in running the farm.

The farm now consists of 6.7 hectares of Pears and 17.51 hectares of Stone fruit. Larry has planted 10 hectares of plums and will be following up with another 10 hectares in August 2020. This was all done with the help of PALS (Partners in Agri Land Solutions) and was led by Gerrit Van Vuuren. For more information listen to the full interview.
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