Lowerland lê knus tussen die rooi duine vol haakbos en kameeldoring en die vrugbare oewergrond vol karees en soetdorings, op die Oranjerivier noord van Prieska. Die plaas word nou deur die derde generasie Coetzee’s geboer en het al ’n hele landmark se gewasse en vee sien kom en gaan.
Dis ’n gemengde boerdery met ’n mengsel eenjarige en meerjarige gewasse, Bonsmarabeeste en skaap. Die fokus val op bewaringsboerdery, integrasie, geslote en holistiese stelsels en die skep van gesonde grond, ’n gesonde werksomgewing en waardevolle, voedingsryke produkte.
Lowerland is tucked into the Northern bank of the Orange River, between the Doringberg Mountains of Prieska and the rocky hills of Niekerkshoop. It was purchased in 1965 by Oupa Coenie Coetzee, fourth generation descendant of the first Coetzee’s in this line to farm on Koedoeskop, a mountainous grazing farm between Niekerkshoop and Griekwastad.
Coenie practised flood irrigation on crops such as Sultana grapes and grains and was also a Merino farmer and horse breeder.
His son, Hennie, arrived on the farm in 1981 and rang in a new era of mechanised farming, pioneering central pivot irrigation in the region and the founding of the GWK agricultural company.
In 2005, Hennie steered the farm in a new direction by starting the Hencoe Bonsmaras stud, and has since built up a top quality gene pool. He won the Voermol National Cattle Farmer of the Year Award in 2013 and was nominated as the Agricultural Writers Association’s Farmer of the Year for the Northern Cape in the same year.
Hennie’s son Bertie joined the farm in 2013, with a shift to conservation agriculture and holistic management. Drawing inspiration from agricultural teachers & game changers such as Graeme Sait, Wendell Berry, Geoff Lawton, Mark Shepard, Alan Savory, Gabe Brown and Christine Jones, Bertie and his team are steering Lowerland towards a regenerative, sustainable model for agriculture.
Lowerland is in the process of converting all our land to organic practices. Perennial and vegetable crops are certified organic with Ecocert since 2016 and we harvest our first certified organic maize in May 2018 - a landmark after the three year conversion process! We are members and adhere to the production and labour standards of Siza (The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa) and Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practice).
Ons visie is om 'n mandjie vol natuurlike, voedsame en heilsame produkte te produseer deur saam met die natuur te werk. Diversiteit in die mandjie weerspieël biodiversiteit op die plaas, van die grondlewe tot die plante, mense en filosofieë waarmee ons boer.
Our vision is to produce a basket full of natural, nutritious and wholesome products by working with nature. Diversity in the basket reflects biodiversity and health of the soil and the farm. High quality, value added products reflect quality of life, quality of soil and healthy diversity.
We strive to farm sustainably and regeneratively with a focus on perennial species. We also want to explore and demonstrate resilient solutions, on a small and large scale, to agricultural issues in the context of climate change and geopolitical challenges.
We want to contribute to social and environmental regeneration through creating a safe, prosperous and environmentally regenerative farm which serves this and future generations. We hope to inspire, teach and capacitate others to do the same, while contributing to a healthy food system.
We are working to establish water, soil and fertility systems that are stabilised and continuously improving so that plant succession, ecosystems and ethical domestic animal systems can flourish.