Small, organic off-grid farm experience in scenic Klein Karoo, South Africa

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  • Description

    Description

    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 Province, 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 art/crafts.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

    There is an enclosed equipped rustic kitchen with a crushed stone floor, three plate gas cooker, wood burning stove, barbeque facilities and firewood. A coolbox will be provided with ice bricks. You may use our deepfreeze and washing machine on request.

  • Help

    Help

    Fit and healthy nature loving non-smokers who enjoy manual farm labour (some of it physically challenging, especially for men) and are interested in organic farming/gardening. Couples welcome (man to do the heavier work - woman the lighter work) Tasks will involve a mix of working alone or with us.

    Jobs include the following depending on priorities/season :

    Dig and prepare tree holes and vegetable trenches
    Planting and sowing
    Mulching
    Organic feeding of trees and vegetables
    Weeding
    Thinning of vegetable seedlings
    Irrigation
    Prune fruit trees
    Harvest and process farm produce in season
    Erect fences
    Landscaping
    General light construction/maintenance
    Eradicate invasive plants
    Bush clearing
    Preparation of fire wood
    Cleaning small dam

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Afrikaans

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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 in Vanwyksdorp as well as the Rooiberg Lodge 10kms away.
    For tourist attractions in surrounding areas they would need to have transport. There is no local public transport in our area. We do provide bicycles for the use of Workaways.
    The closest large town is Riversdale on the N2, with a daily bus service between major cities. Workaways making use of this bus service can be fetched/returned in/to Riversdale Monday - Friday.
    We prefer to hear from potential Workaways well in advance to their planned stay with us.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days per week

Enclosed kitchen area for Workaways
Workaways James and Bronwyn at new Avocado tree development
Liv helping with honey collecting
Workaways Bianca, Lisa and Jenni harvesting grapes in February.
Pieter and workaway Sean planting patatoes
Our beautiful chickens
Fruit in season December; peaches, apricots and youngberries.
Loic, an amazing person to have had as a WorkAway!
Us in 2016 winter edition of local magazine.
View from volunteer accommodation.
Volunteer accommodation.
Almonds, pecans and macadamia nuts from our orchards.
View of our farm and surrounds
Irrigation dam also for swimming
One of our orchards

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