Small, holistic, off-grid, eco focused, family farm in Gonubie, South Africa


South Africa

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  • Description


    Ours is a small holistic family farm, based on sustainable principals.
    The farm is entirely off-grid, running on solar and rain water.
    We have awesome compost toilets and re-use all our grey-water.
    We hand milk 2.5 cows, have broiler and layer chickens, sheep, meat rabbits, some bees, pigs, fruit and veg.
    We practice restorative grazing and have a live stock guardian puppy.
    We process a lot of our own food (slaughtering chickens and rabbits, making cheese, kombucha, chutney, butter, bla bla bla), cook from scratch, sell/give away extra, home school our 3 awesome kids and run a small carpentry workshop.
    We are 15 min from town or 15 min to the beach and are on the Gonubie river.

    If you don't want to get your hands dirty, if you are afraid of hard work, if you have strong vegan/vegetarian views... then we suggest you consider an alternative option.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Charity Work

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience rural South Africa from a small holistic farming perspective.
    Learn about restorative agriculture, permiculture, sustainable off-grid living and what it is like to feel completely finished at the end of the day.

  • Help


    Predominantly helping with everyday farming activities; milking, moving electric fences, creating compost, working on the veggies, basic construction, feeding livestock, "processing" rabbits and chickens (if you are keen), fixing, cleaning, cutting, sanding... other things ending in "ïng" As well as chipping in with meals and dishes.
    Possibly a little help with homeschooling the kids (6, 8 & 9 years old... most wonderful-est kids in the world)
    As well as possibly assisting with a weekly program for teenage boys from the neighboring informal settlement or at the new library which we are trying to establish there.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Afrikaans: Beginner
    Xhosa: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Cozy loft room above the workshop.
    Awesome compost toilet, hot shower, kitchenette (in progress). Shared living space but private room.
    Great views
    Shared weekday evening meals with the family
    The remaining meals, self catering with the ingredient provided

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Gonubie River borders our property and has some great pools to swim in
    Kwelera beach is 15min drive away for surfing or fishing.
    No public transport in the area

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 495934375229