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About us

The history

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In 2005 four organic citrus farmers formed SOGA - the Sundays Organic Growers Association, a group of farmers committed to supplying quality organic citrus to our customers.  We farm in South Africa along the fertile Sundays River Valley, in the heart of Elephant country, near Addo Elephant National Park.  

We each farm on our own farms, but we cooperate with each other in research,packing, logistics and marketing to grow and supply superior citrus to our customers around the world.

The Sundays River Citrus Company, the largest packer and marketer of citrus in the Southern hemisphere pack our fruit, use their marketing and supply chain infrastructure to ensure that our fruit reaches you in perfect condition.

Accreditation

Our Farm

All farms supplying fresh fruit for processing have the following accreditations:

  • 100% Organic certified
  • Control Union (certification body for sustainable development) & NOP (National Organic Program for USA)
  • Globalgap and Natures Choice
  • Ethical Audit

 

Packing facility at Sundays River Citrus Company (SRCC) also include BRC (British Retail Consortium) accreditation.

Meet our organic growers

Paul Marais We have a complete closed system on our farms (Olifantskop & Hippo Pools) and supply all our own composting needs. Our unique location enables us to produce some of the finest juice and essential oils.We are proud to be accredited with planting the first organic seedless lemons in the world.

Paul Marais 

We have a complete closed system on our farms (Olifantskop & Hippo Pools) and supply all our own composting needs. Our unique location enables us to produce some of the finest juice and essential oils.

We are proud to be accredited with planting the first organic seedless lemons in the world.

Johnny Ferreira Apart from organic citrus I farm with organic pomegranates, small dairy, bees and pastured chickens.  My enjoyment in life comes from Farming, Family, Fishing, Friends, Flying and Good food.  I believe man has a God given purpose to be a custodian of our environment for future generations and that organic living is a sustainable means to that end.

Johnny Ferreira

 

Apart from organic citrus I farm with organic pomegranates, small dairy, bees and pastured chickens.  My enjoyment in life comes from Farming, Family, Fishing, Friends, Flying and Good food.  

I believe man has a God given purpose to be a custodian of our environment for future generations and that organic living is a sustainable means to that end.

Lionel & Marius JurgensI am the fifth generation to farm on Thurstonvale. My grandparents planted their first citrus in 1925.  Then they farmed organic. My Dad and I are proud to be farming organic once again.

Lionel & Marius Jurgens

I am the fifth generation to farm on Thurstonvale. My grandparents planted their first citrus in 1925.  Then they farmed organic. 


My Dad and I are proud to be farming organic once again.

Keith FinnemoreI have been farming with organic citrus since 2000. My wife and I also run a Guest House  on our farm Rosedale, which is 11km from the Addo Elephant National Park.  I enjoy taking guests on guided tours of the farm & citrus orchards and share with them how I farm organically.

Keith Finnemore

I have been farming with organic citrus since 2000. My wife and I also run a Guest House  on our farm Rosedale, which is 11km from the Addo Elephant National Park.  

I enjoy taking guests on guided tours of the farm & citrus orchards and share with them how I farm organically.

Fresh Produce

We are perfectly situated to grow a wide range of citrus cultivars. Our hot summer days are always tempered with cooling afternoon breezes off the sea. Winters are mild, but with warm days and cold nights, which induce fully coloured fruits with tender flesh. The best lemons in the world are grown at between 30 -35 degrees N and S.

Our valley, at 33 deg S is perfectly situated for the production of good quality lemons. An abundance of irrigation water allows us to water our trees when they need it.

 

Cultivar

Pack Week

Months

Lemons

16-39

Begin April - end September

Navels

20-30

Mid May - end July

Valencias

31-39

End July - end September

Grapefruit

36-38

Mid September

Mandarins

 

22-28

 

End May - Mid July

 

 

We are the world's first producers of organic seedless lemons.

Any fruit that does not meet our strict export standard for external blemishes is sent to our processing plant where we produce premium single strength frozen juice and essential oils.

Our farms and packhouse are certified organic by Control Union. All have Globalgap and Natures Choice Accreditation. In addition, our packhouse conforms to BRC (British Retail Consortium) certification.

As fresh as nature intended

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