Farmsteading is not a new idea, but it is gaining popularity with the rise of the artisanal movement and within the millennial generation. It is the practice of producing food and other goods to become self-sufficient, as well as, to sell to a local market. The practice is aligned with goal of seeking a meaningful, back-to-basics and sustainable lifestyle. It all sounds rather ambitious, doesn’t it?
Alistair McKerrow and Nicola Clayton are a couple who are pursuing this lifestyle with the establishment of Clayton Manor on the banks of the Fish River. The farm undergoing this transition belonged to Nicola’s grandparents and the farmstead has been unoccupied for many years. Work has already started on restoring the house and outbuildings. Pigs, chickens, vegetables, and a small herb garden make up the farming compliment so far. Luckily, the garden already includes an array of established citrus and nut trees.
The plan is for the farmstead to become self-sufficient and sustainable. The longer-term intention is to open the farmstead as a lifestyle farm. The farmstead will offer visitors, and those keen to learn new skills, the opportunity to experience and participate in the daily goings-on of the farm. Meals will be prepared in the farm kitchen using the yields of the farmstead. The house’s huge pantry will serve as storage for preserves and other non-perishable farm products. The goal is to reduce waste (ensuring that as much as possible is put to good use) and to limit the impact of farming activities on the land and other resources.
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