We are a husband and wife team living our dream on our small organic off-the-grid farm in the scenic Klein Karoo region of the Western Cape, South Africa. One hectare is cultivated, surrounded by natural areas, open spaces with hills, valleys and distant mountain ranges. There is wildlife in the area, including many different bird species.
We developed this former derelict farm from scratch, initially doing all the work ourselves. We are mostly self sufficient, eating from the variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs, and nuts we grow on the farm. We also keep honeybees and free range chickens and plan to have sheep in the future.
Together with other local organic farmers we have hosted two well attended weekends to promote sustainable living. Apart from organic farming, our interests include processing our farm produce naturally, alternative energy, walking, educational documentaries, reading non-fiction, making music and crafts.
Betreuung von Tieren
Travelers will benefit from an off-the-grid, organic small holding experience, learning from all the activities they are involved in and enjoying the benefits of physical activity and organic eating. Healthy meals are harvested and prepared mostly from the garden. They will also be able to learn about sustainable living, farming and alternative energy systems.
Our current projects/ other regular work:
Bush clearing, carry and stack firewood, remove stones from orchard, cut remove and stack alien plants, cut remove and stack vegetation, dig and prepare trenches for vegetable beds, install drip irrigation, soil preparation before sowing, mulching of vegetables and trees, making compost, organic feeding of trees and vegetables, weeding, thinning vegetable seedlings, irrigation, cleaning small dam, pruning/ topping trees, harvest and process farm produce in season (nut picking, apricots, peaches, grapes, olives etc.), leveling terrace for new fruit drying racks, dig holes and plant poles, develop new succulent garden, processing honey in season, light construction and home maintenance. Fit and healthy non-smoking nature loving volunteers who enjoy manual farm work are especially needed - couples welcome (man to do the heavier work - women the lighter work) Tasks will involve a mix of working alone or with us.
English and Afrikaans
Two luxury, permanent tents on wooden decks, each sleeping two persons with double or single beds and solar electricity. Ablution facilities consist of a flush toilet and bucket shower with hot and cold water (not en-suite).
Volunteers can enjoy the abundance of fresh air, peace, walks in nature, hiking in the mountains, bird watching and swimming in our small dam (in summer). We do have a small library of non-fiction books and articles on sustainable living available for Workaways to borrow to read. They can also visit the small town of Vanwyksdorp nearby (3km), with a few shops providing basic supplies as well as an interesting art/craft gallery and a restaurant and coffee shop. There is Wi-Fi at the Rooiberg Lodge 10kms away. For tourist attractions in surrounding areas they would need to have transport. We do provide bicycles for the use of Workaways.
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Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
mehr als zwei
5 hours per day, 5 days per week