Waaipoort Farm – developing a model for rural regeneration
IN PERSON and ONLINE event
Thomas Linders will be sharing a pictorial journey about how, at Waaipoort Farm, they’re developing a model for rural regeneration. The small intentional community that is forming on the farm is initiating a multitude of life elements appropriate for the Eastern Freestate’s harsh mountainous climate.
“We use Permaculture Design to place the ‘organs’ of the farm. We employ holistic rangeland management, regenerative organic and biodynamic farming principles; we are off-grid in terms of all utilities; build with local, appropriate materials and our farm enterprise is built around an equity ownership model.
We engage with our local community on an advisory and social basis and with appropriate community projects e.g. the development and support of vegetable growing systems in the township.
The ultimate vision is a utopian ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ where a three-fold social order finds an expression within all realms of our earthly human existence through land-art; agri-culture; spiritual, social and economic regeneration.”
Date: Friday 25 August 2023
Time: 19h00 to 20h30
Venue: Steiner Centre, at Michael Mount Waldorf School, 40 Culross Road, Bryanston.
Online: broadcast via Zoom – RSVP for zoom details
Short Biography of Thomas Linders:
Thomas has a diploma in Curative Education (Switzerland) and has worked with Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture all his life, since 1981 in a teaching/tutoring capacity as well. He has two Permaculture Design Certificates and has used and taught Permaculture since 1997. Through his experience with numerous Household Food Security Programs, small-scale agriculture training programs with government and NGO’s as well as consultations to private individuals, farms and companies in sustainable ‘green’ practices, he has the expertise and drive to help develop best practice models that will teach and pass on this wealth of knowledge and practical experience. Thomas has a deep love for nature – water and the rehabilitation and enlivening of polluted waters are his passion. He was recognized by the International Secretariat for Water (ISW), Montreal (Canada) as one of The Water Sages – an international expert in this field. Throughout his work Thomas recognizes the importance of his silent colleagues, the microbes and integrated flora and fauna. He is one of South Africa’s leading practitioners using Effective Microorganisms in his work. Thomas co-initiated the Waaipoort Farm Permaculture Centre in Rosendal Free State and lives and works there since August 2015.