Emseni Farming has been “farming with grace” for over 25 years with sweet peppers in greenhouses and fields of lush avocado trees. It is with much thankfulness that another 3 hectares of greenhouses have been added to the current 8 hectares, incorporating the latest hydroponic farming technology and features.
The first excavations and platform preparations began in April 2020, and the 11-month project was celebrated with the highlight of Reverend EH Stegen, founder and director of KwaSizabantu Mission and Emseni Farming, planting the first seedlings.
The new expansion will house over 100 000 pepper seedlings which are fed individually with carefully monitored nutrients and water levels. Sustainability and conservation are pivotal to Emseni Farming’s existence with irrigation water being recycled and rainwater used to conserve natural resources. Heating systems are also in place which allows for sufficient winter production and all year round produce supply to various customers around South Africa.
Employees are drawn from the local community, with some faithful employees at the company since its inception. Emseni Farming also employs young men who have been restored from drug addiction lifestyles through KwaSizabantu Mission’s CYPSA programme. Through the employment they are able to build better futures for themselves and, in turn, help their families and communities.
Reverend EH Stegen thanked the Lord for the new greenhouses when the first seedlings were planted and prayed, “May You, Lord, bless this work through your grace."
REVEREND EH STEGEN
Makube uWena obusisayo ngomusa wakho.
May You, Lord, bless this work through your grace.