"The farm is situated in the foothills of the legendary Modjadji Cycad Reserve"

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Doug and Heather bought Sunland in 1989. The entire farm was under sisal, there was no electricity, a ramshackle homestead and a brackish 200 gallon borehole.

The farm is situated in the foothills of the legendary Modjadji Cycad Reserve, home to the Rain Queens. The Modjadji cycad, which grows up to 13m, has been protected by several generations of Rain Queen.

The farm was totally underdeveloped and its history was buried with previous generations, some of them in a graveyard 50 meters from the tree.

Not scared of hard work, Doug set to work, clearing the land and setting up the nursery. On the cleared land he planted mango trees, with palm trees in between, to best utilise the meagre water resources. Each time there was enough money, it was used to drill new boreholes in the search for water.

Doug reasoned that if an enormous Baobab could survive for millennia, whilst further north trees had perished in the drought, there must be water somewhere. And that belief was vindicated when they struck a source with the second strongest yield in Mooketsi, the immediate area.

The van Heerdens have cleared 80 hectares of the 110 hectare farm and planted 10 000 Mango and Avocado trees and thousands of Palms.

 





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