n Farmer’s Weekly - A fine fynbos business : crops




Since Farmer's Weekly last spoke to Jacky Goliath in2012, (28 December 2012 issue), she and her business partner, Elton Jefthas, have grown their De Fynne Nursery business into a renowned supplier of high-quality potted plants. Raised in Abbotsdale near Malmesbury, Jacky says her passion for growing plants started as a child. "I always knew I wanted to work outside," she says. "So I studied horticulture, and worked at the Agricultural Research Council, where I gained experience. Back then, I never even dreamed of having a farm. I didn't think it was possible. Now my passion is my business." De Fynne was established when Jacky and Elton planted 1 000 fynbos plants in three varieties in Elton's garden. The operation was then moved to a 0,5ha property in Kylemore, and then to a 1,5ha property in Simondium. The business is currently based on a 22hafarm in Paarl, which De Fynne first rented in 2014 from the department of rural development. Jacky believes that doing something one is passionate about results in happiness. "It starts with yourself. I'm a happy farmer, and if I couldn't farm here I would do development work in Africa and teach people to be sustainable and grow their own food."


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