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Choppie Kotze - Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Lavender farm is a hive of activity with many orders from various florists in the cape. This of course, makes us extremely happy.

With wynand in gauteng and a sick baby sitter we are confronted with an enormous challenge..... So what, we love challenges.

Our lavender is extremely pretty this year. You are wecome to pay us a visit, pick a few bunches of lavender and enjoy a cup of tea and lavender biscuit/koekies on you lap.

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Weekends only by appoinment
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Lavender Farm

Choppie Kotze - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My name is Romain Cansière. I come from France, where I prepare a two years agricultural degree. I realise my second internship in a lavender farm.
In fact, last year, I already spent one month in an organic farm, in Provence (south of France). The production was oriented on the lamb's meat and the lavender, for the essential oil.
It was during the month of June. However, in France, the lavender is picked up only in July and August. So I couldn't participate to this activity. I chose to work into a traditional distillery during the months of July and August 2010.
I worked during 6 days per week with two others students. We were in charge to pick up, to distil and to explain the distillery working to the tourists, came from all over the world (China, USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan...).
That allowed me to discover this difficult but marvellous crop.

Then, for my next internship, I wanted to discover the lavender cropping in an other country. I was interested by South Africa, since the beginning. In fact, I wanted to discover that country because of the fauna: rhinos, lions, elephants... I'm passionate by animals since my childhood.
So, I contacted the Embassy of France in Cape Town, to ask if they knew lavender farms in Cape Town area. Indeed, my boss, at the distillery told me that there are also lavender cropping in SA, in particular thanks to the climate: mediterranean).

I made contact with Choppie and Wynand, who, since the beginning, showed consideration, and were very attentive to my project.
They agreed to allow me to do my internship on their farm, for 2.5 months.

I arrived on April 9th 2011. I've been immediately inserted into the family and the Africaas way of life.
A very good experience for me!
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