Q & A with Douw Willemse: Farm Manager

  1. Tell us a little bit about your background?

I was born in Paarl region and loved farming and the farming lifestyle from childhood.

  1. How do you see your position at Allée Bleue?

One of the biggest challenges in my years on this farm has been to get our persimmons up to export quality and to get it profitable. But now that those are up and running, I’m looking forward to increasing the plantings of plums where there’s still lots of scope for expansion.  The production of the Allée Bleue herbs can be increased and even doubled, which is a task I relish. Recently we planted some water melons as a quick seasonal crop and I’m also responsible for the vineyards and other orchards, which keeps me and my team pretty busy throughout the year.   If you think about it, between the fruit and the grapes, we’re harvesting 10 months of the year!

  1. What are the qualities crucial for your position?

It’s all about attention to detail!  You also have to keep up to date with developments in agriculture, technology and markets – those days of farmers sitting on the veranda watching the work happening – are long past.  Hands-on is the only way to do this job, which is absolutely up my alley!

  1. Who is your farming “hero”?

I have a huge amount of respect for Peter Dall. He is a real icon in the industry and such a humble guy too.

  1. Share some of your food favourites.

I like hearty home cooking, “rys, vleis en aartappels” is my favourite.  When it comes to preparing food myself, I can do a mean steak braai!

  1. Tell us a bit about your family?

I’m married to Isabell and we have two young sons, who keep us on our toes!

  1. What is still on your bucket list?

One day I would love to have my own farm and I hope to make that dream a reality at some stage in the future.

By |2018-10-25T12:28:57+02:00October 25th, 2018|Blog|