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Off-the grid sustainable eco living near De Rust village.
Our farm is a wonderful example of eco-friendly living. We have abundant organic gardens that have been thriving for 18 years including 60 different fruit trees, a self built cob house and yoga studio, Olive grove from which we press our own organic Oil, bee-hives for honey, all in a very beautiful valley of the Klein Karoo. We practice permaculture on the farm and live entirely off the grid, we are passionate about living sustainably and in benefit of all living plants and animals that share our 70ha farm. We have a single self catering guest cottage on the farm.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesCharity WorkGardeningDIY and building projectsFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseHospitality/TourismGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Lots to learn about sustainable living, organic farming, cob building, bee-keeping, Olive oil production, fruit drying and food preserving
As a result of the diversity of our farm there is a large range of things to do at all times. As a working farm, the time of year you come will determine your activities.
We are currently looking for a couple for long stay from end of February March and April, as we are keen to travel away during this time.
Ross is a master builder using local sustainable materials. Kath has had a productive organic veggie and fruit garden for 17 years. There is always something to help with. Expect the work to be physical, visit us if you enjoy using your body and don't mind getting your hands dirty. We are looking for people that will be comfortable to caretake the farm if we go away for a few days during your stay.
Because we are very remote we dont usually take singles, but couples or friends travelling together are great. We usually only offer 7-14 day stays on the farm
We are open to volunteers for the months of January and February, but expect extreme weather during this time, temperatures can go as high as 40deg Celsius. For this reason our work on the farm starts very early.
During the winter it gets cold here, some nights there may be snow on the mountains.
Internet is available on the farm.
Accommodation is in a beautiful cob studio with its own toilet basin area and a kitchenette. There is a hot shower. Volunteers will sleep in a building separate from our house with beds and bedding provided. At times we may host others in the studio and if this happens a tent will be provided in the shady camp site.
All food for meals are provided, these are vegetarian. Breakfast and dinner ingredients will be provided for you at your own "house", and fresh produce may be picked from the garden to cook with. Lunch is made by Kath and we would love for you to join us for this meal. On off days you will be required to cook for yourselves but we will provide all the basics and fresh organic veggies and fruit in season.
Your accommodation doubles up as a yoga studio and massage room, this means that during your stay it is frequently needed for this. We therefore ask that your space is kept very neat, and ask for no shoes to be worn on the cob floor and your belongings always packed away.
What else ...
There are beautiful walks into the hills surrounding the farm. It is only 12km to the small village of De Rust where there are coffee shops etc. If you are here in your own car there is the magnificent Swartberg pass and Meiringspoort to explore as well as the world famous Cango caves. Here is a great option for transport from CT to Oudtshoorn, our nearest town
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
Uncapped wi-fi is available at 2MB speed
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
How many Workawayers can stay?
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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Thanks Mandy for all your efforts
We have been doing so many things in only 1 week ; cobb building, clay painting, picking and
Their permaculture is situated in a peaceful, quiet and stunning place. As soon as we arrived, they were waiting for us with a big fruit basket freshly picked from their garden and a tasty lunch. During the week, we did different tasks
Maxime and Jonas are lovely, easy going people and great at communicating. They left a very clean living space after their stay xxx Recommend them for any work away volunteering. Thank you for sharing of your Italian family cooking skills. Best
We stayed 10 days on the farm
It was a wonderful experience at Numbi, it was one of the most peaceful places we saw and your liefestyle is fantastic.
We learned a lot about permaculture and woodwork with beehives thank you for that experience, we will defenitly come back to you if we stay again in South Africa
We wish you
Thank you both for the great company, the easy living, the best yoga classes and the complete enthusiasm you showed for being here and all that happens on the farm.
These guys are super talented web designers and we felt so grateful to have them share their
Thank you both for the beautiful and valuable contributions made. It was incredible to leave the farm in their capable hands for 5 days while we went on a hike in the eastern cape, knowing that all aspects will be extreemly well taken care of. They
First of all: Both of them are so lovely persons that we felt welcome and happy from the first minute.
Seeing how they manage their permaculture garden was so cool. Kath and Ross gave us every day a different task (except the
I was warmly welcomed and felt very comfortable with the lifestyle and the
If these guys ask to spend time on your farm say yes! as they are hard working, super enthusiastic, respectful, easy
Initially, Camille and I volunteered here because we are interested in building a self-sufficient home of our own - and wanted to see how feasible it was. We learned and received far more than we'd expected from Kath and Ross. They genuinely shared
Kath and Ross are incredible
Kath and Ross are simply awesome. They are caring, helpful, honest, independant and open-minded people. They gave us amazing advices about what to do around De Rust, and helped us planning the next steps of our trip. Veggies from their garden were the best