Blomfontein Rooibos can pride itself by using all of its own resources from start to finish and being family run till this day. The process starts usually in December when workers harvests the seeds from the ground beneath the rooibos plant. At around the 15 February each year seedlings are planted in our own nursery and are cared for till the time is right to plant them.
From the June till July is plant time and we only get 2 or maybe 3 chances to plant while the soil is wet enough. To counter that small period of time Blomfontein Rooibos uses GPS technology auto steer tractors and gives work to more than 50 families to hand plant all of our tea. By not using mechanical planters we can provide work to people and also play our part in the community.
Come September month the weeds in starts to take over the fields and sucks all the remaining moisture from the soil and because we use GPS technology in the planting process our rooibos is planted very precise enabling us to use mechanical cultivator to get rid of the weeds as for using herbicides. Blomfontein Rooibos tries to keep the whole process so close to natural as possible and we believe by not spraying any pesticides for the past 10 years we succeeded in letting nature take care of the bad pests that would otherwise destroy the tea.
January through April is harvest time and again we call on help of more than 20 extra labourers to hand harvest our tea and were it is then processed at our own drying facilities. We exclusively hand harvest our tea in order to get the best quality and to provide work to the local community