Who We Are
We are growers of frost hardy indigenous trees on Portion 37, Doornkloof (very close to the Irene Village Mall at the entrance of Rietvlei Reserve) in Pretoria. We have specialized in growing frost hardy trees over the last 10 years and strive to supply top quality trees at affordable prices. We also run a beautiful Tea Garden, Animal Farmyard and Kids Party Venue that are managed by Promise Mnguni. Our Tree Production, Nursery, Marketing and Sales are managed by Barry and Brian Geyer.
What We Do
We aim to do everything we can to rekindle the inherent love we all have for trees and encouraging everyone to plant as many as we can in our lifetime.
We supply all sectors with high quality trees at affordable prices, One of our goals is to inspire companies and individuals to work along with us in making sure that we plant 100 000 trees during 2011 and every year thereafter, reducing our carbon footprint in the process. We want communities to experience the wonder of trees by planting and learning to care for trees in their areas; this will be in line with our vision to play a role in saving the planet one tree at a time.
We understand that without trees there cannot be life and want to make it possible for anyone to be able to afford and plant a Willow Feather Farm tree.
Why It Matters
A single mature tree produces enough oxygen for two humans and removes approximately 22 kilograms of Carbon Dioxide from the air every year. A single tree is like a whole city where, if you know where to look, a rainbow of plants and animals can be found occupying their own unique niches.
Unless we reverse the incredible loss of trees, life on earth will be threatened. The UN estimates that currently every year an area of 51,000 km² (roughly the size of Costa Rica) is lost to deforestation. The good news is that for the first time in recorded history, this trend is slowing.
In South Africa there has also been a change. In 2005 the area covered by forest was 1750 ha and in 2010 this was slightly up to 1763 ha. We want this trend to continue.
In 1979 Janet and Steven Geyer together with their 1 year old daughter Tanya, decided to move from Elardus Park to start a new life on Portion 37 of the farm Doornkloof 391 JR, which they named Gum Tree Farm. Shortly after Barry was born and a year later Brian.
Little did we know the adventures that lay ahead of us. What started out as a couple of hectares of open land on the outskirts of Centurion slowly began to change into a lush and productive farm. A perfect haven for us children to grow up and learn the ins and out of farm life.
There was never a dull moment on the farm, with an operational feedlot of cattle there was always opportunity knocking at the door. Pocket money was earned by the sweeping up of cow manure, bagging it up and selling it to friends and family for use in their gardens, this then moved into us buying our own sheep and breeding with them. With pets such as potbelly pigs in the house, goats, ostriches, guinea pigs, geese and ducks there was always plenty to do. Somewhere along the line Barry started his own company called Barry’s Chicks, Barry’s Chicks produced the most amazing fresh chickens that were sold at local butchers, shops and straight from the farm, one day Barry popped into the neighbour to pick some seeds that had fallen off a big old tree, put the seeds in a bad and saw the potential of growing trees.
From this spawned the company Willow (Tree) Feather (Chicken) Farm. Barry ran the company building up a healthy stock of trees all planted from seeds picked from the area. Realising that the world needed trees more than chickens Willow Feather Farm started to concentrate primarily on the planting of indigenous trees and phased out its chicken farming operation. Willow Feather Farm now carries over 400 000 indigenous trees all planted from seed or seedling on the farm!
We think it’s important to expose city children to farm life so we are going to recreate the experiences we had as children on the farm for all children and families in the community by running an animal farmyard that will allow children to interact with many farm animals while the parents can relax in our tea garden that rolls into a beautiful garden with plenty space for children to run and play.