From mushrooms to summer and winter crops

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, Chris Rolfe knew he wanted to start a venture that he could be proud of. During his time at university, he also took horticulture and agriculture classes, which sparked a keen interest in food production. He realized that this was where his future lay and chose to focus on environmentally friendly farming methods.

He began his journey by growing mushrooms but soon realized that this crop alone was not profitable. He then conducted a great deal of research into aquaponics and hydroponics. Realizing that his production knowledge was insufficient, he also researched the general fruit and vegetable market.

In 2019, Rolfe and his business partner, Phia le Roux, launched their hydroponics farm, Go Gourmet, in Pretoria East. Today, they produce both summer and winter crops, namely tomatoes, spinach, spring onion, lettuce, and various herbs.

Starting with 0,8ha, they now have 2ha under netting, with an additional 0,5ha under construction. They grow between 10t and 15t of produce each week during summer.


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