Farming

There are already many farmers that are operating in the community and a wealth of experience and knowledge exists, as well as numerous animals - goats, cows, chickens and pigs. As such it seemed logical to start there with the first project. 

The types of farming suggested ranged from expanding the goat herd that the daycare centre has, pig farming, broiler chickens, egg-laying chickens, crops like sorghum, corn (mealies), bees, vegetables and fish.

In addition Wealth for the People have suggested worm farming as a way to manage waste in an ecologically friendly way.

Conversations have been started with local farmers and experts in order to gain from their experience the most effective and profitable ways to farm. We have also been in touch with the department of agriculture to see if there is funding that we could apply for through the government that can speed up our progress. 

Below are the sections that we are looking to address - their underlying reasoning, positives, challenges, donations to date and finally items that are still needed to bring the production to fruition.

Sustainable Farming

In all areas, we are looking to follow sustainable farming principles where we consider all areas of the process - from the management of the land, growth of the product, impact to the community and potential sale outside of the community - In all areas there should be some give and take- take from the earth but also give back to it. Currently, the Village is in a situation where the landscape has been scarred from the mines and the natural resources have been either stripped or poisoned with no care to its recovery. We would like to see that behaviour stop and a gentler approach to be taken.

In all areas of farming the good of the community will be considered and where a community member might have a desire to grow/make a particular product we will see how that can meet with the overarching goals and seek to achieve it.

Ideally, we will be creating a cycle like the one pictured but in all areas. Where what the village takes from the community farms it can re-introduce and even improve upon what was there.


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Animals

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Bees

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Worms

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Crops

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Vegetables

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Flowers

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Water

Water is currently the biggest problem in the village as a whole. The water in the local natural pans and ditches is toxic and undrinkable - largely as a result of the nearby open cast coal mining. Water pipes do run nearby but on private land and despite numerous requests, the community has not been able to convince the landowner where the water connection sits to allow them to connect a pipe that could service the 1000+ residents in the community. 

Currently, the members rely on the community water points that are set up through the village. There are 2 water containers that the municipality fills weekly and also a water pump where members must fill and collect their water carriers in wheelbarrows. If our farming is going to be successful we need a more direct water supply and we will be working on achieving this over the next months.

#A local pond with water that is undrinkable