n Farmer’s Weekly - A smallholder with a big heart

Volume 2017 Number 17030
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



Anastasia Smith ventured into agricultural production after losing her job as an office manager at an air conditioning company in Cape Town in 2011. Despite little exposure to agriculture, farming was in her blood: her great-grandfather, Dirk Gysbert van Breda, once farmed near Bredasdorp in the Western Cape. “My great-grandad desperately wanted his children to farm, but none of them was interested,” Anastasia explains. “I bought the farm in 2011 for almost half the asking price, after it had been on the market for almost a year. My mother always tells me how proud he would have been to see what I’ve accomplished, not only because I manage to make a living off the land, but because of the way in which this new role has helped me to help others.“

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