Marondera set to be the largest solar crowd sale in Africa
The crowd sale will raise money for the 1.9-megawatt solar project to power the state of the art packhouse, Rakodzi, Sable Range and Churchill farms.
Be part of a landmark Sun Exchange project! This solar-plus-storage project will power Nhimbe Fresh, an agriculture leader in Marondera, Zimbabwe.
Solar Crowdfunding Project Benefiting Zimbabwe's Farmers
A South African company that promotes solar power and uses crowdsourcing to raise capital is financing a solar-powered farm in Zimbabwe that is also benefiting neighboring farmers. The company, The Sun Exchange, raised $1.4 million for the farm. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Marondera, Zimbabwe.
What We Grow
Nhimbe Fresh is exclusively licensed to grow the unique low chill unit OZblu varieties in Zimbabwe. The OZblu range of blueberries are larger, firmer and sweeter than the more traditional varieties.Nhimbe has evolved from one of Africa’s premier exporters of prepared and premium vegetables to growers of blueberries and strawberries through United Exports, as well as raspberries with Total World Fresh.Nhimbe Fresh also produces peas and tobacco for export and seed maize, potatoes and tomatoes for the domestic market.
How We Grow
The farm is located at the high altitude of between 1,500 and 1,600 meters above sea level, giving Nhimbe Fresh the advantage of a cooler climate that is ideal for the production of fruit and vegetables. This milder yet sub-tropical climate suits berry production particularly well and enables Nhimbe Fresh to supply when prices are high.
INFRASTRUCTURE & ENVIRONMENT
Nhimbe Fresh has well-established infrastructure on the farms including large dams, irrigation infrastructure, dedicated power and supporting buildings including a state-of-art pack house. All production and packing of produce is managed sustainably, with water, soil and flora and fauna protected.
As a large employer, Nhimbe Fresh has a responsibility to its employees and the community. The company is engaged in initiatives to expose small-scale farmers and youth to the opportunity in agriculture. Other initiatives include the support of children and old age homes.
Nhimbe Fresh operates to international standards such as Global GAP (Good Agriculture Practice) in all agricultural processes while the packhouse operates to British Retail Consortium (BRC) protocols.
WHY ARE OZblu BLUEBERRIES UNIQUE?
All OZblu varieties meet our strict criteria for size (bigger range), taste (sweeter), firmness (crispier), colour (deep blue), natural bloom, a longer shelf life and juiciness - simply put a far superior quality of berry and eating experience!