Woodford's biggest JV Partnership - Max Bastard on Willowdale farm 

On day three of Woodford's Truffle Orchard Inspection Tour 2015, we arrived at Willowdale Farm to see Max Bastard, Photographer and Truffle Farmer in Kokstad, KZN

max house

Max's long-standing family farm was a three hour drive in the Woodford Truffle Bus - from the Durban airport we drove up into the mountains and then into the snow line. The first question potential partners ask us when inquiring about the suitability of their farm location for growing a truffle orchard is "Do I have the right climate conditions for growing truffles". 

Meet Max, one of Woodford Truffles favourite partner clients. He is a passionate farmer who informs himself with solid research and so is able to contribute to research as well as ask us great questions. With his sound base of knowledge about truffle production and with our regular visits and tests, we anticipate an excellent truffle future here at Willowdale Farms.  Max now has three 10 hectare orchards, a total of 30 hectares.

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The first of two Orchards installed on Willowdale Farm.

Max is also training his own dog to be a truffle hunter. Woodford's truffle dog breeders and trainers provide tried and tested methods they have used for many years now as they have trained their own harvesting team.

max &Vm preparing a meal together

Max and Volker preparing a meal together.

We feel that Kokstad is a prime truffle growing hot spot for the Eastern Cape. And, the more farmers we can encourage to produce truffles in this area, the better!