Planting Avo trees in Ixopo

Another lot of Avo’s being planted in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal. I look forward to the day when there is an abundance of Hass Avo’s for sale! Ixopo’s agricultural landscape is rapidly changing, with many farmers in the district investing in Avo and Lemon orchards!

A misty morning on Loch Buighe farm

I woke up very early this morning to capture the sun rise over Ixopo and onto Loch Buighe farm. I’d hoped to get some pictures of the avo’s too. But the weather had other plans today. This misty, wet weather is quite common here in Ixopo and probably why this area is such a big… Read More

Pannar Seed photo shoot; The grass is greener here!

We’re just emerging from a severe drought. As I speak, it’s bucketing with torrential rain and it’s come in the nick of time! Whether ‘flooding’ is the lesser evil, we will know soon but I think all farmers in KwaZulu-Natal are sighing deep breaths of relief that the rain is at least here.¬† It’s a… Read More

Photographing farmers

Let’s be honest, men (in general) do not like to be photographed. Then you add a ‘farmer’ to the equation and you get the next level of photo phobia! Their fear of a camera is almost palpable! Those sweat droplets from above the brow are usually not because it’s a hot day…it’s the picture of… Read More

A photographic documentary of a dairy farm and home in the Umzimkulu valley

Last year during the Lynford Country Weekend in Ixopo, I sponsored a Farm Documentary shoot for the auction and the Moberly’s made the highest bid! I will be doing this shoot in 2 parts. I did a half day recently, capturing some of the dairy scenes, winter landscapes, home and staff. I’ll be doing the… Read More

Cabbage Harvest

A month ago, I met Gehla who is a cabbage and potato farmer in the Ixopo area. I’ve been doing agriculture photography for Harry Gwala Agri, an NGO that coordinates mentorship programs for emerging farmers in KwaZulu-Natal with the help of local commercial farmers.¬†Gehla has been mentored by local farmer Beesie Stone over the years… Read More

Ashleigh Farm Contracting and Field Services in Ixopo

I attended an informative lighting workshop this weekend that had a wedding theme to it. Doing these workshops are of incredible value and there is always something new to learn despite wedding photography not being my subject. Other than a heap of helpful information I got from this workshop, I also got confirmation that the… Read More

New Avo farming Development in Ixopo KwaZulu-Natal

For much of the Ixopo and Highflats agricultural history, dairy farming and timber have dominated this area. A few years ago, citrus was introduced and now Avo farming is about to take off too. I had the pleasure of photographing the first major commercial avo development happening, implemented by Craig Macfarlane of Ixopo. On this… Read More

5 day AgDevCo agriculture shoot in the North of Malawi

I had the pleasure of going back to Malawi for a shoot for AgDevCo, an investment company partnering with smallholder farmer units (SDU’s) within large agricultural companies. This 5 day shoot included everything from community agricultural training, a Groundnut factory, paprika, macadamias and the largest mac factory in Malawi (Tropha) to farm supply stores. Here… Read More