The Seven Rose Farms
The farms all consist of the latest technology developed for effective rose cultivation, including:
- Temperature-regulated greenhouses
- Integrated pest management
- Centralised irrigation systems
- Specifically developed quality management procedures for roses
All of these innovations ensure that only the best roses leave our farms. All the farms use test facilities, working in conjunction with leading rose breeders, to test the latest varieties in the shifting climates of the farms across the country. We also employ market research initiatives to measure the acceptability of certain varieties in the South African and international markets.
At Uniflo we believe in working with the environment, rather than against it. That is why we have various procedures in place to ensure that we minimise the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals. As part of this initiative we introduced the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system that manages pest damage in the most ecologically friendly way, with the least amount of harm to people, crops and the environment. In layman’s terms, the system releases insect predators to prey on harmful pests that destroy roses.
We also provide comfortable homes for owls and wild cats to take care of rodents, so we don’t have to. Recycling and re-using are high on our priority list, which means we try to reuse waste to our own advantage. All our drained water from the roses is recycled on the farm’s pastures and the organic waste from the roses are converted into compost which is then used around the farm on maize fields and tree plantations. We try to keep most of our processes organic, even our lawnmowers.
We also take fair-trade very seriously at Uniflo, as well as taking care of our employees. That’s why we went to great lengths to get EurepGAP accredited and are currently working towards Flo-cert accreditation.
“I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice.”
– Roland A. Browne