Boschendal: getting community care right

Boschendal redistributes all produce and livestock grown within their 4,500 acres to the local community and education projects during COVID-19 closure.

Boschendal has teamed up with neighbours to provide food packages and education for communities in need during the COVID crisis. 

With 4,500 acres of agricultural and conservation land, the property is well known for its exceptional farm to fork menus, but over the coming weeks, Boschendal will be redirecting all of their fresh produce and livestock to local child development centres, high schools and underprivileged communities. 

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Boschendal’s chicken farmers and happy hens have been hard at work making eggs for the food parcels being donated to local communities.

The estate has donated over 300kg of fresh garden vegetables, 1000 loaves of bread and 12 000 eggs to local soup kitchens.

Led by the Community Organiser, Wilmien Wicomb, Boschendal will also be facilitating the delivery of basic medical supplies to support the medical clinics as they become saturated and distribute books for children unable to go to school.

The team will seek to drive awareness of the disease and education surrounding the spread through a series of pop ups across the communities.  These will offer running water, soap and sanitation for those in need, and will be assisted by trained local youth to answer questions people may have and share factual information. 

The farm will be operating with skeletal staff for the foreseeable future, though additional projects are being deployed to ensure all staff continue to receive their salary while working away.  These projects include knitting of blankets for the local community, engaging with the education programme and helping with deliveries – with strict health screenings in place.  All this is expected to demand more than their 500 + staff, and Boschendal hopes to employ further staff members from local communities to support those in need during this tricky time.