<![CDATA[WAAIPOORT FARM - Updates]]>Sat, 27 Oct 2018 12:24:58 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[SUmmer... and still no good rainfalls!]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:37:05 GMThttp://waaipoort.co.za/updates/summer-and-still-no-good-rainfallsThe continued hot and dry weather in our part of the country is driving us all a little to distraction... and the cows are are very tired of eating old dry grass (with a few green tips thrown in). So I have been feeding them dried Jerusalem artichokes from our plentiful harvest last year and they have been chewing on those sweets with delight - look at this content face of Beauty! 
And one of our chickens has hatched a new clutch of beautiful little fluff-balls
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<![CDATA[Building developments on the farm]]>Sun, 05 Nov 2017 15:27:24 GMThttp://waaipoort.co.za/updates/building-developments-on-the-farmOver the last few weeks, Saturdays have become the 'building' days. Some strong young neighbors come and help to drive the construction development further at Waaipoort. We have been erecting a 7m - diameter geodesic dome (with a nice retaining wall from earth bags behind) and also continued the excavation of the Walipini and yesterday we have started with the earth bag retaining walls there as well.
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<![CDATA[Early spring planting]]>Sun, 01 Oct 2017 07:39:50 GMThttp://waaipoort.co.za/updates/early-spring-plantingThe planting of asparagus continues (with Michele Schiess and Honest Moyo - Pic 1) and the good work of the cows in the veld as well. They are on very poor grazing at the moment (pic 2) with capped soils (pic 3), which their hooves break up beautifully (pic 4). Late morning with full stomach they ruminate in the warm spring sun (pic 5)
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<![CDATA[Volunteers help us make this farm a success!]]>Sun, 01 Oct 2017 07:21:07 GMThttp://waaipoort.co.za/updates/volunteers-help-us-make-this-farm-a-successThe time with engaged volunteer Koos is coming to an end. He was a wonderful support in the garden and got us up to speed with springtime sowing and planting and no less than six new compost heaps! And on top of it all he frequently spoilt us with extraordinary culinary delights.
​We welcome volunteers and work with together with global volunteering organizations such as WWOOF and HelpX 
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<![CDATA[New Garden Fence!]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 20:11:29 GMThttp://waaipoort.co.za/updates/new-garden-fenceLast November, with the support of SeedMoney.org, we managed a successful crowdfunding campaign, where we raised over 3000$US to safeguard our garden area with a new fence and some winter and wind protection. Winter is the time to do most infrastructure development at Waaipoort and we took the advantage of some volunteering hands and installed a brand new Bonnox fence around the existing garden and a whole lot more to allow for the expansion in growing area for the coming summer season.
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<![CDATA[Graduation of our Grassroots Permaculture course participants]]>Sun, 09 Jul 2017 12:58:28 GMThttp://waaipoort.co.za/updates/graduation-of-our-grassroots-permaculture-course-participantsOn Saturday, the 24th of June, we celebrated the joyous occasion of the Grassroots Permaculture Course participants' graduation with a customary feast in our new kgotla/boma/kraal. 
In the morning before all of that we discussed the results of their tests. Everybody also made an improved rocket stove and were explained the workings of a simple solar batch geyser by Stephen Barrow
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