Sustainable Farming

GlobalGap (formerly called EurepGap) is a common international standard for farm management practice. It was started in the late 1990s to bring conformity to retailers' supplier standards. It is the world's most widely implemented farm certification scheme for good agricultural practices. GlobalGap has definitive rules for growers to follow and each farm is audited individually on an annual basis.

Our GlobalGap registration can be authenticated on the GlobalGap website at

Our registration number is GGN:4050373936365 and producer registration number is PPECB 971.

At Mount Joy we seek to ensure the sustainability of our fruit farming operation. We strive to develop and implement farming practices which guarantee the production of quality fruit while reducing our dependence on chemical fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides, thereby protecting our environment.

Water is our principal resource. At Mount Joy we have invested significantly in improving water conservation and storage measures. We employ reduced volume irrigation installations such as microjet and drip irrigation. By means of annual laboratory tests we ensure that our water quality is of a high standard and systems are in place to prevent water contamination from pesticides, nitrates and harmful bacteria. Our water supplies are obtained from rainfall storage that is renewable
every winter.

We recognise that healthy soil is a key component of sustainability and we adopt soil management practices to enhance soil quality. We promote the use of organic mulches and composting and, where possible, we avoid the use of chemical fertilisers. We adopt effective methods to prevent soil erosion.

Through proper management and planning we seek to reduce our dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as diesel and other fossil fuels. We take active steps to monitor and reduce our electricity usage. We have established a sustainable recycling program on Mount Joy, not only in an attempt to reduce waste and pollution, but also to instil an awareness of the benefits of waste reduction.

We are at pains to ensure that our labour practices are fair and that our stewardship of human resources includes the provision of acceptable working and living conditions. We consider that we are responsible members of the rural community in which we operate. As we conduct a stable and economically viable business, our family farming enterprise has been in existence for more than 50 years.


A leading South African Plum Producer

From exceptional orchards to exceptional plums

A commitment to the very best quality fruit

Exemplary farm management practices