Siddhartha is the name of our founder Renchia Droganis’ family farm. It is here that Renchia grows some of the organic ingredients used in Africology products. Lavender and roses are grown on the farm, together with ingredients indigenous to Africa, including aloe ferox and African potato.
The farming practices used on the farm are very simple. We plant with the new moon and harvest with the full moon. The only forms of fertiliser used are chicken manure, that the chickens deposit as they roam around freely, and horse manure that is delivered weekly from the neighbouring farm. The horse manure is worked into the soil to enrich it with natural, organic nutrients.
We have two donkeys that work the lavender field. We propagate our own cuttings, and the African potato self-propagates. When we harvest the African potato, we replant the rooting section so it can re-grow. For every one that is taken out, we replace a part of it again. Renchia was delighted to be able to set up a company for loyal employee Daniel (the farm’s manager) and his wife Riana, so that they could distil essential oils using plants from the farm and sell them to Africology to use in the products.
At Africology, we celebrate the important role soil has to play in our food supply, water management, biodiversity and supporting life on earth. Our Africology SOIL project is dedicated to harvesting and planting for the future, and is committed to the principles of fair trade and environmental friendliness.