Goedgedacht farm was one of the first farms allocated to the Dutch colonists in 1704 and was one of 4 farms in the Swartland region of the Western Cape that brought vines to the area. 

Goedgedacht Trading (Pty) Ltd runs its operations from 3 farms in the Riebeeksrivier Valley, totalling 343 hectares of land. We have 47.5 hectares of olives planted, the balance of the land is leased to local farmers for wheat production, and the Trust has invested heavily in organic vegetable gardens and permaculture training in the face of predicted global warming that will turn this western part of South Africa into an area that becomes hotter and drier in the future.  Providing poor children with a hot meal every day is an important part of the Path out of Poverty programme. At present nearly 2000 meals a day are being served with vegetables provided by Goedgedacht farm. 

The Riebeeksrivier Valley prides itself in the quality of its soil as well as the amount of rain it receives at the moment. The high schist and quartz soils provide the perfect environment for award winning olive oil.

The facility in which we produce our range of products has attained both local and international certification (HACCP & FDA). We have also been fortunate enough to receive much needed funding to procure a state of the art Pieralisi olive press capable of processing 18 tonnes of fruit a day during the olive harvest season.

We are fortunate enough to be able to use Cape mountain spring water in the processing of our table olives. This water bubbles from a spring on Goedgedacht and is an unique feature of this farm.

Our table olive section is interestingly innovative in that we have developed a racking and oxidation process to improve and speed up the curing process of our table olives. We also have managed to introduce de-pitting and sorting machines to these lines and are now able to handle large quantities of fruit.