OUR GROWING TIMELINE
The father and son team have a focus on perfection, producing the best fruit and vegetables possible
When Howard Gibson returned from World War II with only £83 in his pocket, he had a dream to farm the fertile soils around the picturesque Ceres Valley in the Western Cape. He realised his dream through hard work and determination and left his three sons with several farms in the area.
1990 / 2001
His son George Gibson inherited Doornkraal and Hartebeestvallei farms in the Witzenberg valley in 1990 and continued his father’s work by building these farms into a world-class Agri Enterprise. By reinvesting the fruits of his labour he bought another farm, Kleinbegin, in 2001 and also added export class packing and cold storage facilities that ensures that all fruit packed at Doornkraal Agri reach the consumer as fresh as the moment it was picked.
George’s son Alexander Gibson joined the business in 2009 and together, through a relentless focus on technology, people and sustainable development the enterprise today plays a leading role in the development of the region’s fruit production capabilities.
Through strategic investments in Goedehoop Vrugte, our marketing agent, apples and pears are exported to markets around the world. In 2008 a joint venture agreement was signed which created Driefontein Boerdery Joint Venture, in which Doornkraal Agri holds 50%. This farm in the Koue Bokkeveld region added nectarines and plums to our product range, as well as onions which are produced and packed onsite for the local market. In 2012 another farm, Visgat, was bought, completing the holdings that today make up Doornkraal Agri.