Michaelmas / Rosh Hashana 2019
Early this morning I had a surprise visit from my friend Moeketsi Mohlakoana and his young friend Majaka. Moeketsi was explaining the role of a compass to his friend, the directions of the sun, the globe over tea and coffee… and then suddenly he launched into a philosophical discourse of how people have lost their inner, true compass and therefore their direction; he said, that unless we have this inner tool that keeps us in the direction of our purpose in life, we wander around aimlessly, stumbling through life!
This fitted right into my pre-dawn contemplation as:
Today marks a day for new beginnings.
Beginnings, where we take action and call for action more seriously than ever before: to look out for solutions that we have the power to implement. Everybody in their lives can consciously take small steps and those ripples will over time swell into a tsunami of change.
We at Waaipoort Farm believe we have a workable solution, we dropped the pebble in the pond and the ripples have started. The only way onwards is doing it!
Talking about it and waving placards and signing petitions have a certain impact of bringing awareness, but it is like election promises… they are soon forgotten and often because we do mostly lead very hypocritical lives!
An example to illustrate: over the last weeks there were outcries from many corners of society about a large live animal transport from South Africa to Kuwait with a known huge fatality at the end of the three week journey. And although I have compassion for these animals, I found it hypocritical, inconsistent how this incident upset people and was shared within social media. There are thousands of animals treated this way every day in South Africa in its CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Farming Operations -i.e. animal factories) - very little is thought, talked, done about that.
Where is the outcry of concerned citizens, of animal activists, the animal welfare organisations?
How many of the people crying out loud and signing petitions turn around and go past MacDonalds, Nando’s or KFC or most any other food outlet and super market to still their craving for cheap meat?
How many preachers and lay people of all faiths will refer today to holy Scripture and turn around and deny parts from those same scriptures because of convenience, ignorance and weakness?!
This is especially true when it comes to our treatment of animals, plants and soil.
Please remember: THE BIGGEST POLLUTER, CHRONIC DISEASE INDUCER, DESTROYER OF LANDSCAPES on this planet is CHEMICAL AGRICULTURE!
Let that sink in.
So unless we as consumers take action towards a REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE, we willingly contribute to our and our fellow creatures demise. The earth will survive. We humans will go extinct together with a multitude of other life forms.
The power is in the consumers' hand to change the trajectory of our humanity.
Today, four years ago we started to excavate and build this beautiful dam here on the farm. For me it is the Eye of Waaipoort. It perceives and reflects our efforts and striving to develop a centre of regenerative agriculture. It perceived what is happening in the macrocosmos and reflects what occurs in the microcosmos.
This body of water helps me to reflect on why we set out on this journey.
The visit of Moeketsi strengthened this conviction.
Waaipoort Farm's seed has germinated and now needs to be nurtured actively by all who believe it has a role to play in the future of humanity and in the establishment of a strong regenerative agriculture in the Free State and in South Africa.
We do have all the necessary institutional permits and documentations in place and will be going out with great effort in the next few weeks on our capital fundraising drive to raise the money we will require to buy this farm, continue to develop the regenerative agriculture model and build the college to teach and train whoever wants to be part of this necessary revolution!
Watch this space for more information and stories. However if you are excited and you have ideas to share, energy to give in this campaign: if you know of capital impact investors, of philanthropic individuals or companies that would support our initiatives, contact us privately!
The future is in our hands!
Thomas Linders, Michèle Schiess and Meisha Mulla run Rosendal Permaculture Centre on Waaipoort Farm with the assistance of Honest Moyo and many volunteers from all over the world