Welcome to the Dovehouse Organics Website
PLEASE NOTE: Our shop is open 8h00 to 17h00 daily.
Dovehouse Organic Farm is located in the beautiful Karkloof, near Howick, in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa This is where you will find the Dovehouse Team hard at work.
Dovehouse Organic Farm, Shop, Restaurant and Conference Venue, was established in 2000 by Paul and Shereen Duncan.
"Our dream was to develop a small scale organic farm using permaculture design principles that would not only provide a healthy lifestyle and income for our family, but also become an inspirational education center where people could come and learn about permaculture and organic gardening / farming techniques. We also dreamed that our community would have easy access to organic health foods and products " Paul Duncan
Permaculture – (permanent culture) is an energy efficient and ecologically sound land use design framework that uses conscious design to develop agriculturally productive ecosystems that link natural ecosystems to the built environment around us. In other words permaculture is a natural way of living and farming in harmony with nature, in essence, working with nature instead of against her to create a healthy sustainable ecology for future generations. Today Dovehouse Farm is a productive working/living example of what can be done using permaculture ethics and design principles.
Mary Mlambo (who by the way produces some of THE most delicious salad veggies) partnered with Paul. Together with a local group of small scale organic farmers they sell their vegetables to a number of markets such as the Dovehouse Organic Health Shop (located on the farm), local restaurants and farmers markets. The co-operative is growing rapidly, as is the demand for healthy, fresh, raw, organic food.
The farm is a venue for facilitating permaculture and organic gardening training workshops, health related workshops as well as empowering small market gardeners to grow and sell their excess organic produce (alongside the larger organic producers) through the Dovehouse Organic Farm Shop. The shop provides a wide variety of healthy food, fresh produce and Eco-friendly products . "We are living our dream and expanding it … Please explore our website to find out more about our Organic health shop, health related workshops, permaculture and organic garden/farming training workshops, consultations & implementation or the organic market garden co-operative.
Our shop is open 7 days a week.
Please note that Dovehouse Farm Restaurant is open Friday to Monday weekly, 8am - 5pm . The kitchen is able to cater for special requests, advance notice would be appreciated. Our function room hosts up to 30 participants, and the kitchen can cater for a range of requirements. Book for our popular, Sunday farmhouse buffet lunch (children accommodated) to taste delicious wholesome food using quality, organic ingredients.
Dovehouse Farm Restaurant is supplying Dovehouse Organic Shop with steaming fresh focaccio & gluten free breads. When the restaurant is closed the tarts & cakes will be for sale as takeaways through the shop. Our famous salad dressings are still available. Ready prepared meals will be available through the shop plus an exciting new range of food products. We are aiming to bring out the best in our already great local & wholesome produce. It promises to be a very interesting & tasty exploration into foods that are not only Organic & Free Range but have incredible health & wellness benefits too. A local's evening is also in the pipeline later in the year, so watch this space & your local newspapers for further details as we move forward into this exciting new venture together.
Dovehouse is proud to host a wide range of workshops, to name only a few: Compost Making, Tissue Salts, and Raw Food Workshops.
Organic fresh veg box deliveries weekly on Thursdays to Howick, Hilton, & Pmb.
Dovehouse Shop: 0871 505 131
Shereen Duncan: 082 868 4517
Paul Duncan: 084 292 4354
Our shop is open 8h00 to 17h00 daily.
Pietermaritzburg Farmers Market in Alexandra Road @Harry Gwala Sadium, Open 6am to 9h30 every Saturday.
Notties Market, @ Barbz, Gowrie Village in Nottingham Road, every second Saturday, next market 18th May. 8h00-10h00.
Karkloof Market in Howick, every Saturday morning from 7h00 to 11h00. (just up the road from our shop & restaurant)
House of Heart Outdoor Market, last Saturday of every month (situated at 31 Warwick Road, Pmb, the old Dunrobin Garden Centre ) See you there on 25th May 9h00 to 2pm. Contact: 076 788 2052 / nada@houseof heart.co.za
Child friendly play area:
We have a child friendly play area, come and let your kids try out our jungle gym, trampoline, and a sand pit for the little ones. A place for the children while you shop or eat!