About

Cultura Fresh began operations in 2016 on a wholly owned farm in Klapmuts, Western Cape.

Cultura Fresh is a fully certified hydroponic farm using hydroponic farming methods to grow and deliver packaged fresh produce to clients including major national retailers.

Cultura Fresh’s hydroponic methodology enables a significantly higher yield than traditional agriculture.

On a unit for unit basis Cultura Fresh uses 90% less water per head than open-land farming.

Using hydroponic methods to grow fresher produce has allowed Cultura Fresh to grow produce which have a significant advantage over soil grown heads: the produce is consistently tastier, has a higher nutritional value and has a longer shelf life.

Cultura Fresh uses 90% less water per head of lettuce than open-land farming

Our Journey

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Positive Impact

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Cultura Fresh’s operations fulfil the above UN Sustainable Goals for Development.

Water-efficient Technology

Hydroponic technology creates food security in climates where arable land is declining and results in more sustainable agricultural practices than traditional farming:

1. Water Efficiency

Cultura Fresh uses 90% less water per head of lettuce
All water used is recycled and sourced from boreholes

2. Natural resources

Natural sunlight is used for growing products, which is more sustainable
Cultura Fresh has installed solar panels to increase sustainability of existing practices

3. Inputs

High quality seeds and nutrients picked which results in a superior end-product
Hydroponic methods means that there is little to no pesticide contamination to end-product

4. Soil

Growing processes result in little to no soil damage or erosion as well as no pesticide run off in soil

5. Efficient

Using hydroponic methods results in minimal yield loss

Our Team

Theo Mokken has 20+ years’ experience in sales, marketing, production, quality control, Global and Euro Gap Food Safety Management System requirements as guided by the Global Safety Initiative (GFSI), and management of logistics. As the Head of Sales & Marketing he manages and runs the packhouse and is the primary contact for clients.

Matthew Doherty has 10+ years’ experience managing the nursery, hydroponics, seed production farming and farm operations. He is responsible for all aspects of growing the plants, including the use of fertilizers, developing, and using a proprietary nutrient mix as well as water flow. He heads up the Global Gap for all crops grown record keeping and implementing of Global Gap procedures.

Nicholas Cheketri has 8 years’ experience. He works alongside Matthew Doherty as the manager of productions. He is responsible for all aspects of growing the plants, including the use of fertilizers, developing, and using a proprietary nutrient mix as well as water flow. Global Gap for all crops grown record keeping and implementing of Global Gap procedures.

Salome’ Pieterse is qualified in and has 10 years’ experience in food technology, quality assurance and food production. She is responsible for leading and managing the packhouse team alongside Theo Mokken.

Our Partners

Stadia Capital have extensive experience in corporate finance and private equity across Africa. Stadia Capital brings years of experience in financial management as well as its extensive network

Secha Capital is an impact investing holding company with a mandate to create jobs in SA via investments into SMEs. Secha Capital has experience across a number of sectors, including agribusiness. Secha Capital’s management team takes operational roles within operating companies and works alongside SME founding teams to supplement the human capital alongside the injection of financial capital

Markus Reichardt has worked for over 30 years in a variety of operational and corporate roles in the resources, agricultural and financial sectors, specializing in agricultural project development and environmental management

Our Certifications

Global GAP

Food Safety Management System requirements as guided by the Global Safety Initiative (GFSI)