What is an Eggmobile? More about our laying hen operation.
JANUAR 07, 2013 | What is an Eggmobile? More about our laying hen operation.An Eggmobile is a mobile hen house. Inspired by Joel Salatin who I learnt about reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. We have 10 on our farm with each housing 250 hens. Below is a picture taken in early September 2012 as the girls are heading out for another day of free ranging on our pastures. (This is genuine free range not the theoretical access to the free range that you actually buy when you buy free range. More about this later in the blog.)Læs mere
Our vineyard berm management strategy
NOVEMBER 11, 2012 | The discussion below relates to vineyards that are irrigated. Dryland has its own challenges but weed management is not one of them.The vineyards on Spier are in their second year of conversion to organic status and then to biodynamic status. I have been managing my dryland Chenin vineyard according to biodynamic principles since 2005. I produce my straw wine from this vineyard.Læs mere
Farmer Angus receives Good Earth Keeper Award
OKTOBER 23, 2012 | Our very own Farmer Angus has received a Good Earth Keeper Award from Compassion in World Farming, an international organisation that campaigns for farm animal welfare. The award was given for his humane treatment of the animals that are farmed at Spier.Læs mere
CNBC TV Programme
SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 | We have been busy preparing the farm for the season, and filmed this insert with CNBC last week.Læs mere
Why farm mechanically when you can farm biologically?
JUNI 05, 2012 | We always try to opt for the biological solution where possible. This vignette, pertaining to management of our cover crop in the vineyards, illustrates the point I am trying to make.Læs mere
Our Manor House makes its fashion debut
APRIL 26, 2012 | On a scorching hot day in January the Glamour team photographed fashionable knit wear at Spier Wine Farm.To view the final product, turn to “It’s a wrap” (p104) in the May issue of Glamour.And here we thought making wine is hard work!Læs mere