This is the story of Pebblespring Permaculture Farm: an exercise in Regenerative Design.
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|The dam is really beautiful|
|The Cottage as it was when we found it|
The farm is 10 hectares in extent and comprises a unique combination of grassland, forest, marsh and stream. There is a very old cottage on the farm. At this stage we can’t rule out the possibility that this is the oldest remaining house in PE.)
We learn from and build on the ideas of:
- Alan Savory
- Bill Mollison
- Geoff Lawton
- Joel Salatin
- Sepp Holtzer
- Mark Shepherd
- Wendell Berry
The name, “Pebblespring farm” is a nod to the Khoisan and the nearby lake they named “Kragga Kamma”. The surrounding area is named “Kragga Kamma” after this lake.
The most reliable source we can find (Margret Harrodene) records the Khoisan translation for Kragga Kamma as being “pebbly waters”. Our spring is at the source of a little river that feeds the “Pebbly Waters” so we called the spring “Pebble Spring” and the farm Pebblespring Farm. I love it! The name talks to the fact that this property would have been a centre of human habitation for a very long time before the Dutch arrived an called it Goedmoedsfontein, in itself a beautiful name.
We farm with Chickens, Beef, Pigs and Tilapia. We are beginners, but we are giving it a go.
Pebblespring Farm, is the remaining piece of land around the original farmhouse of the once expansive “Goedmoedsfontien” (roughly translated from Dutch as” Spring of Wellness”). Located 20 km from the PE CBD on the KraggaKamma road, it includes a cottage (derelict and abandoned when we bought the place) which was the original residence of the farm granted to Johannes Kok in 1816.
|The stream flows from the spring on the western boundary|