• From day one at Homeland we wanted to have our own compost heap. Even before we did our studies of organic gardening and attended a biodynamics course, we knew the value of [...]
  • Meanwhile at homeland…

    August 21, 2017

    With all the developments going on at Dreamland, it may seem as if Homeland is getting neglected. But despite the tell-tale weeds and overgrown grass, we’ve been [...]
  • Winter wonderland

    July 2, 2017

    Frostbite toes, frozen fingers – just came in from doing the Valerian spray run to try and salvage some frost-damaged plants. The weather reports show between -2C and [...]
  • We have been actively following Biodynamic principles and using Biodynamic methods for about 4 years now. In a nutshell, Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical [...]
  • We inherited some grapes, of unknown colour and variety, which were planted in our vegetable patch. But they weren’t doing so well. In fact, despite all our efforts, very [...]
  • In those early days when we laid out the vegetable patch we made a lot of mistakes. Sure some of those were our own errors, because we had no idea up-front how big our [...]
  • Autumn hues

    May 17, 2017

    Sometime we get so busy focusing on food production and sustainability that we almost forget to sit back, breathe and enjoy the colours and the flavours. Well, almost… [...]
  • Potato production pasted

    January 15, 2017

    So our vegetables were growing and mostly producing really well – we had something of everything in their appropriate seasons. Well, that is, except potatoes. So we started [...]
  • It’s amazing how nature provides us with the right vitamins at the right times of the year. With winter approaching, all the citrus trees are providing us with much needed [...]
  • Strawberry fields forever

    August 15, 2016

    In those early years we really wanted to grow prize strawberries. In fact, to this day, we still want to. But in these years we were plagued by snails that ate massive holes [...]


  • Franny’s farm

    September 11, 2017

    So there I was, enjoying to wake up for my 57th birthday to the sound of crowing cocks, sipping a Trader Joe’s organic green tee, overlooking the beautiful valley in the [...]
  • Don’t duck the tough issues

    September 5, 2017

    Although we have been operating using organic and biodynamics principles at Homeland, one of our core goals at Dreamland was to adopt more permacultural approaches. We wanted [...]
  • Fruit tree planting

    August 1, 2017

    It’s been a busy week-end at Dreamland. Very busy indeed. In terms of the over-arching process of establishing Dreamland, this was one of those climax points along the way. [...]
  • At the back of Dreamland lies a school and right next to the fence line they have planted a mob of eucalyptus trees. This has left us with a double-challenge – what can we [...]
  • A few weekends ago, we learnt how to make olive oil the old-fashioned biblical way. No fancy machines, no stainless steel drums, no centrifugal presses. Just us, our great [...]
  • Over at Dreamland we’ve been doing a lot of preparation to get it ready for planting the bare-rooted trees in a few weeks’ time. While preparing the holes, we’ve also [...]
  • Digging in

    June 13, 2017

    A really crucial step on our Dreamland implementation schedule was to get the holes prepared in order to plant the larger fruit trees over the winter. We needed the holes dug [...]
  • We’ve been talking about Dreamland as a “blank canvas” quite a bit, but in reality it was not so blank after all. That canvas required quite a lot of preparation, both [...]
  • Access to Dreamland

    May 28, 2017

    Before we could start creating Dreamland, we had to organise efficient access. Even though Gaë and Pauline (the wonderful previous owners), who are still renting, graciously [...]
  • A dream to plan

    May 10, 2017

    Starting off on Dreamland, we knew we had to apply some strategic thinking. At Homeland we have learnt and are still learning a lot of lessons. Daily. Just recently I have [...]


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