Papillon Organic Farm. it is owned by Malcolm and Sha Devine since 1998. The farm was largely undeveloped having been sub divided off a larger farm at the time. There was no electricity, no potable water and a single large barn on the property. Virtually bare of trees apart from invasive Black Wattle and Port Jackson, Malcolm and Sha set about building their dream. An area was cleared for the farm house and indigenous trees were planted as a start. With the house complete Sha’s priority was a vegetable garden, or kitchen potager. From day one organic farming was practised. The potager was soon producing all the herbs and vegetables the family needed. It became known in the area that ‘die engelse dame op Papillon kweek snaakse goed!’ [The English lady at Papillon was growing strange things (herbs)!]. At this stage Malcolm was still practising pharmacy in Jeffreys Bay .
A local chef arrived on the farm one day asking for rocket, which Sha was able to supply. Word got out and within a short space of time Sha and her assistant Mcivan were packing herbs and lettuce on the kitchen table and using the household fridge for cold storage providing ‘strange herbs’ to various local restaurants. So began the Papillon Story!! They soon realised that the potager was not sufficient and Malcolm decided to put up a shade cloth tunnel… Full organic status was achieved in 2006, and certification has to be renewed annually. Malcolm was persuaded to give up pharmacy and joined the business full-time. His pharmaceutical background and knowledge of naturally occurring nutrients and minerals have proven invaluable to Papillon Organics. (the full beautiful story can be found on their website http://www.papillonorganics.co.za) To taste some of their amazing fresh items that are harvested for us weekly simply order on the Green Box