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As 2021 is already in its 3rd week, I realised an update is due. We are busy selling, or attempting to do so at this stage, so things are in limbo. An adventure and tremendous challenges lies ahead in the Karoo. I will have the same heat and wind to deal with in terms of food production, but we will also have even less water than here. Here we go, thinking back – 2020.

Tulbagh is fairly rich in high-quality water, but we have used our water sparingly. Wasting water is like throwing away food, and just because we have the benefit of ample water for our needs, doesn’t mean that we should waste it. The commercial farming around us is already doing that for everyone.

I’ll use this update post to go over a few things about our property and how we handle them. Considering that we bought this piece of land with NOTHING on it, I am very proud of what we achieved and how it maintains itself (almost!) thanks to permaculture and regenerative practices. No use of chemicals anywhere, because we want our soil microbes alive, not dead. We also never use fertilisers, because we didn’t destroy our soils, we regenerate them!

2020 in Images – thinking back

We hope you enjoyed our photo tour of the year 2020. We have accomplished more than we could have hoped, and we did it with the help of friends, permaculture and working with the environment instead of against it. Thanks for reading “Thinking Back – 2020”.

May 2021 be the same or better for you! See you in the Klein Karoo.

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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