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It elates us to state that we are on our way back to the Karoo, the succulent Karoo. It’s a place of beauty, serenity and natural beauty, but it comes with the hardships of severe heat, cold, winds and droughts. Moving to the drylands will not be trivial, but with the guidance of good friends in Permaculture, the sheer will to succeed and the knowledge we accumulated during our time on the current farm, we will succeed.

Simplicity is number one, so this move will be even more of a downshift, economically and in terms of mental and physical health. It will take copious amounts of hard work to grow food, manage the scarce water supplies, and keep the system moving. The future of videos and posts on will focus on our dry-land journey. To follow this journey, watch out for news posts here, or better, follow the story on the Parched Pioneers page.

Subscribe to our channel to see more about moving to the drylands (Called Parched Pioneers) in the future. At the time of writing this post, we intended on moving to an existing farm and building up from there. However, it seems as of now that this edit (April 2021) will see us purchasing a new farm, remotely isolated. Here we will pioneer from scratch. As this is a tough, mentally exhausting and physically draining endeavour, please consider helping us out.

Marlon van der Linde

Marlon van der Linde

A land steward in forever training, figuring out self reliance, subsistence and simplicity in the Karoo wilderness. Searching for balance, abundance and sense in a shrinking world. Marlon is a skilled software developer, electronics enthusiast and enjoys his metal, electronic music and rock. Hailing from the Freestate, now lost in the hills of the arid Karoo, keeping it real (apparently).

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