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Klien Karoo Sustainable Dryland Permaculture Project

Klien Karoo Sustainable Dryland Permaculture Project

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  • Commenced: 01/01/1999
  • Submitted: 22/04/2011
  • Last updated: 01/08/2012
  • Location: PO Box 189, Ladismith, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Phone: 027 - (0)28 55 11 678
  • Website: www.berg-en-dal.co.za
  • Climate zone: Arid



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Klien Karoo Sustainable Dryland Permaculture Project

Project Type

Rural, Intentional Communities, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The Klien Karoo Sustainable Dryland Permaculture Projects is a not for profit company based on the farm Berg en Dal. The project focuses on education and training in the field of permaculture. We are located in the Klein Karoo - an arid inland area of South Africa. The entire farm is a living model of Permaculture practice and we offer a range of courses throughout the year, as well as taking in volunteers. We are developing local outreach projects with a range of partners

Project Description

This 400 Ha farm is located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain range in the Southern Cape. We are a diverse community of residential and non-residential land custodians. Our focus is Permaculture education, and we are growing to offer training in all facest of sustainable living. What we have on site is a number of homesteads that demonstrate different building technologies and land use, as well as broadscale applications of Permaculture, Keyline adaptions and more. At present we offer courses in Spring and Autumn as these are climatically the most comfortable times to host people here. We also take in volunteers, and offer internships.

The ecology of the farm is fascinating and diverse - 4 of the 10 biomes of South Africa can be found here, and we are a quiet and rual space. We have experimented with many approaches to the challenges that arid areas face, with creativity and minimal financial inputs.

We are excited to share our experiences and findngs on this forum, and will be updating as time allows

 

 

 

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Research

Ongoing arid zone, alkaline soils and salt tolarant species research going on...

Posted almost 3 years ago (2 comments)

Water infrastructure

New dam is rocking!

Posted almost 3 years ago (1 comments)

Natural Building Internship - Nov 2011

You could work on any aspect of earthbuidling in this Internship - it depends on what is going on on the construction front on the farm!

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

Natural Building Course Oct - Nov 2011

An exciting blend of theory and practice, with many on site earth buildings from different materials

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

Permaculture Internship Oct 2011

A two week Internship operating in new and mature Permaculture systems

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

PDC Sept - Oct 2011

A Spring PDC on this excellent training farm, with a plethora of living exmaples of all aspects of Permaculture

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

Introduction to Permaculture September 2011

A six day introductory course for practical applications of permaculture

Posted almost 3 years ago (0 comments)

Rain and snow

Since we first joined we have had a number of courses complete on the farm as well as wonderful weather events...

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Autumn PDC well under way

Our Autumn PDC is drawing to a close - students have been working long nights and days, and we woke to snow this morning..

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)