Fruit picking is no longer limited to the "younguns" - especially when our fruity finds are the secret to our seasonal treasures.
We hold a special place for Alison's lovely fruit farm, Tierhoek, nestled in the Noree Valley of Robertson, South Africa. This is where we leave it up to the fruit picking professionals. The workers of Tierhoek farm carefully hand select the organic apricots as one of Khaya's wholesome ingredients. In exchange for the workers' skills and expertise, Alison provides stability, pride, and purpose. From November until June a team of women from a neighbouring village, called McGregor are invited to Tierhoek farm. These women are truly the key 'ingredient' in making Tierhoek’s sulphur free dried apricots.
Tierhoek also provides opportunities for the adults with children working on the farm. Tierhoek pays 50% of their school fees and expects the parents to pay the other 50%. This may seem like a small amount, but being responsible for your childrens’ school fees, provides a huge sense of pride and integrity.
Now we think that's a pretty sweet deal all around.
Alison takes her mission and her fruit seriously. Tierhoek is a safe haven for its workers and heaven for its fruit lovers. Not only does Alison grow delicious fruit, but she also, nurtures a future of empowerment by sponsoring adult education courses in Afrikaans and English literacy and numeracy.
Yup, she's definitely one of the good guys. Khaya likes to source its ingredients and form socially conscious business relationships with other good guys because it only makes things much sweeter.
We heart Tierhoek and truly love tasting the juicy fruits of their labour.
Go see for yourself! Tierhoek Organic