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Regenerative Agriculture at Ingwe

At Ingwe our fertile communal gardens are seen as opportunities to generate shared bounty for residents and their visitors. Lead by landscape architect & permaculture practitioner, Ian Dommisse, a team of local farmers will tend an edible garden-route which winds its way through the non-forested parts of the estate. Along this route you’ll find several food forests, productive meadows, terraced orchards, chicken mandalas, a compost yard, worm farm, greenhouse and seedling nursery.

Principals of Regenerative Agriculture

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Working with Nature

At Ingwe we aim to mimic the harmony, and efficiency of nature as much as possible. Abandoning conventional agricultural methods that reduce biodiversity and deplete soil nutrients, we seek to work with nature rather than against it in an effort to achieve a more sustainable method of agriculture. Some of the methods we use include Pollinator Friendly Approaches, Scented Barriers and Companion Planting to name but a few.

Food Security

Having access to regeneratively grown farm-fresh eggs, greens, honey, fruit and veg ensures resident’s pantries will never empty. Reducing the journey from earth to table not only means the highest quality produce, but the lowest environmental footprint is created.

Soil Health Practices

At Ingwe we employ various methods to build and maintain nutrient rich soil, some of which including the following:

Chicken Mandalas
Beyond their delightful start-of-the-day calls, chickens have an integral role to plan in our food ecosystem. They scratch out and eat pesty grubs, fertilise the soil with their droppings, and produce eggs for their handlers and residents. A series of chicken Mandalas (mobile chicken coops with surrounding rotation system) will be constructed in order to improve soil quality across our arable lands.
Companion Planting
Growing plants in diverse mixtures helps to increase soil health and removes the need for pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers.

Waterwise

At Ingwe water conservation is of vital importance. This is done through various means such as harvesting rainwater, thorough mulching of all exposed soil, utilising it in the most effective way as well as re-utilizing and managing waste water economically.

Renewable Resources

At Ingwe we aim to reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources by making best use of nature’s abundant resources, harnessing, collecting and storing them for use in times of need.

No Waste

At Ingwe nothing goes to waste, instead waste is seen as a resource and an opportunity – all organic waste is converted into fertile compost within the central composting facility and recyclables are donated towards a local NGO to support their running costs.

Garden-to-Table

Ingwe offers a true garden-to-table experience. Residents receive first option on all produce yielded from the central market garden. The surplus will be sold locally or exchanged for other farmed commodities within the area. Residents will be able to choose their level of involvement in both the communal and their private gardens. They may roll up their sleeves and get stuck in themselves or opt for support from Ian and the resident garden team

Agroforestry

Between the housing sites some of the vast tracks of lands will be used for the agroforestry programme. This mimics the 7 layers within a forest to generate food and ensure maximum diversity.

Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture enables ecosystems which create life, yield nutritious food, enrich diversity, capture carbon and reverse the harmful effects of global warming. By circulating livestock in an organised fashion the topsoil is improved over time. This enables water retention, increases microbial life and sustains a wide variety of living organisms which in turn increases the carrying capacity of the land. Rather than chemical fertilisers, natural additives are introduced to enhance the inherent processes that take place in a typical forest floor environment.

Respecting existing wildlife

We use passive systems and planning methods to prevent animal-human conflict pertaining to food production. The forest areas are carefully managed to ensure abundant natural food is available for all its creatures.

Contact us

Craig Young

Development Director

+27 82 785 4635
craig@inexdev.co.za

Morgan Morris

Development Director

+27 82 445 4293
morgan@inexdev.co.za

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