We live for our products

Team Farm Vredelus
John, Molly and the "Dream Team"

 

Quality in Medical Plants - our dedication

Our dedicated and reliable team will always ensure quality and continuous supply of our products. Join us on a tour through our Farm,  "from seed to sample"

 

Sceletium seedSeed

Hoodia seed is harvested from October to January from our stock of motherplants. We do not harvest from wild plants.
We harvest our Sceletium seed in November, clean it off dirt, blind seed and foreign matter, count it and pack it in units of 10,000.
The seed is untreated and has a very high germination rate.

 

Hoodia nursery tunnel Seedling Nursery

Hoodia seed is sown directly into the ground of the nursery where the seedlings stay until they are strong enough for transplanting into the lands.

 

women planting sceletium seedlingsSceletium seed is  planted into containers where it germinates and stays to grow strong enough for transplanting.

 

 

Sceletium tortuosum seedlings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoodia landsThe lands

Hoodia seedlings are transplanted into the dune lands where they stay for several years until the active ingredient P 57 is high enough. It takes 4-5 years under natural conditions to develop sufficient P 57 levels.

 

Sceletium nurserySceletium seedlings are transplanted into nurseries and dune lands where they grow until the active ingredient (Mesembrine) reaches a sufficient level. Foto Sceletium nursery und Tunnel und Sceletium lands.

 

Nursery tunnels

 

 

 

 

 

Nursery tunnels

 

 

 

 

 

Sceletium nursery tunnel

 

 

 

 

 

Sceletium lands

 

 

 

 

 

Harvesting hoodiaHarvesting

The harvesting time for Hoodia is determined by two factors. The first one is lab testing to make sure that P 57 is high enough. The second one is our weather. We can only harvest after the winter, before the rainy season starts, because Hoodia is dried in the air, without the help of fans or ovens. If Hoodia is exposed to moisture during the drying process, it rots.

Harvesting at Farm VredelusThe harvesting time for Sceletium is only determined by it’s lab tested mesembrine content. The only requirement for harvesting Sceletium is hot weather, of which we do have more than enough in Namibia. From October to March is the preferred time of the year.

 

 

Fermentation of sceletium tortuosumFermentation

We process Sceletium to the specifications of our customer - whole plants , pieces or powder, unfermented or fermented. For the fermentation process, we also need enough heat (sun).

 

Cleaning hoodia plantsCleaning hoodia plants

Harvested Hoodia plants are carefully washed and cleaned of any dirt or foreign matter prior to further processing.

 

 

Slicing hoodia plantsSlicing & drying hoodia plants

The fresh stems are sliced (like cucumbers) and spread onto drying shelves.

 

 

Drying hoodia plants

 

 

 

 

 

Milling hoodia plantsMilling hoodia plants

The dried "chips" are then milled into fine powder with a stainless steel hammermill to avoid any contamination with lead.

 

 

Storage room at farm VredelusStoring and packaging

The powder is stored in 10 kg, 20 kg, 50 kg and 100 kg tamperproof containers, which go to RSA for sterilization.
The material that we use to manufacture our products stays in "chip" form and is also sterilized in RSA.
The sterilized material is stored in their sealed containers until dispatch to the customer.

 

Location

S 23° 56' 30''   E 18° 19' 12''