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Long Valley
Long Valley
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P.O. Box 785, Robertson, Western Cape, ZA
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Long Valley

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Rural, Intentional Communities

Project Summary

Collective Farming Initiative. The project and quest started in 2009 with the ideas and dreams of manifesting: A self-sustaining community farm that provides energy and food security into the future. It’s own pure water source year round. Neither commercially farmed nor surrounded by commercial farms whose use of chemical may affect us. A place for learning, studying, (self-) actualizing and community that pledges itself to share technology and ‘how to’s’ with the community at large. A retreat centre for yoga, sustainability practices (building houses, wind energy, solar energy, waterless toilets, etc.), able to cater for groups of 25 people or more or less as well as space for single retreats.

Project Description

Farm is 93 hectares of hills and valleys, 7 hectares of which is arable and a futher 10ha marginal terraces, with an eastern aspect under irrigation from gravity feed and sub-surface sources.

The farm has a 3 bed, 3 bath house and a dilapidated but beautifully positioned cottage.

Plans are being submitted for an additional 08 staff/community cottages and support intrastate for planning permission.

The farm had approximately 20 fruit trees, mainly figs and lemons at the start of the project in 2010. Currently a Zone 2 Intensive Food Forest system has been implemented with more then 70 additional fruit and nuts trees and a 100 pioneers tree windbreak system. Included is are broadscale staple and small animals systems.

Long Valley Farm's position in the mountains allows for the cultivation of temperate and sub-tropical species. Preservation of open fruit types is a high priority to the community and old varieties and sourced and cherished in the heritage gardens. Selection and cultivation of climate adaptive and heritage seed varieties is activily promoted in the community garden.

Future plans include an extensive food forest in 2011/12, development of a Keyline Farming systems, utilizing Holistic Management guidelines in creation of a mixed Alley Cropping and Pasture Cropping Permaculture.

A healthy slice of pasture raised chooks after grass-fed dairy/beef with integration of draft horses, woodland porkers, aquaculture and apiculture in broad-scale re-forested systems adjoining Cape fynbos.


LVF looks forward to offering more in the future, but implementations take president at this stage. BRB

Volunteering/Internships & Apprentice’s

Long Valley values the effort and energy of volunteers. However it is very time consuming to train up a volunteer and short visits are discouraged. LVF would prefer that volunteers stay for 3months or longer. With the activities that include active design, implementation, community out reach and research projects with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Bio-Dynamic Association,  LVF is a project to watch. Not to mention Kudalini Yoga Teaching and Natural Building, LVF would prove to be a valued stay for any permaculture designer.

For ore information contact via email:

[email protected]




Zone 3 Alley cropping Expansion 2012

We are based in a brittle environment, winter rainfall, Mediterranean arid climate bordering the Klein Karro in southern Africa.

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