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Help us buy land!

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Our names are Kelly Steenhuisen and Bruce Kaiser. We are 25 and 29, respectively and we are on a mission to buy some land!

We are young South African Permaculture designers and farmers, and we have a dream!

It all started with figuring out that we cannot thrive within the current system We have since learned that most people cannot thrive (happily) within the current system and that Permaculture-based knowledge and practices could bring happiness, food-security and equality to those that need it most.

About two years ago, we formed the social media account: The Organic Pear (formerly the Off-Grid Pear) and travelled South Africa for 8 months, voluntarily working on various Permaculture and organic farms and homesteads, culminating in our qualification as Permaculture Designers. We have since worked on various projects whilst searching for home.

We have dreamt of, and have been working towards, our own piece of land for years. On this land, we will build a variety of Permaculture-based housing, food-growing, water-harvesting, medicine-growing and energy-creation systems to sustain ourselves and to use as examples to teach people from. With access to our own land, we will be able to: share more informative content on our social media, sustain ourselves and sell/trade/gift excess, trial new ideas to add to the database of Earth-caring knowledge, teach paying learners and pay it forward to underprivileged people, ensure more people go to bed with full stomachs, be happy and show others that humans can and should live happy lives.

We were recently contacted by some friends about an opportunity to buy land in our dream place, beautiful Byrne Valley, KZN. The land is intersected by the Serpentine river and another clear spring from the top of the property. It is mostly indigenous grassland with some human-planted strips of forest that are home to delicious mushrooms in the Spring. We hear and see buck, owls, eagles, bush pigs, porcupine and caracal. Byrne Valley is known as an idyllic ‘Hippie Town’ but, things have unfortunately changed over recent years with poison-spraying farms springing up down-stream, misinformed people burning masses of land each year and numerous noisy businesses splitting the silence. We aim to help and teach people to treat this incredible piece of South Africa better, to honour the land, the water and the indigenous flora and fauna as they deserve.

We live from hand to mouth currently and will be unable to pay the deposit for the land ourselves by September. Therefore, in order to achieve all of this, we are asking for a little help. We need to raise a combined total of R52 000 to cover fencing, land deposit and the fees charged by this useful platform - as soon as possible. The fencing will allow us to keep our animals in and other animals out - which will mean that we can start working on our projects immediately.

To achieve our goal, we only need 520 people to donate R100 each! That’s about the cost of two decent coffees – so if 520 people can skip one day of luxury each, we will be empowered to start the ball rolling towards making a real and lasting difference to our lives and others. We will pay the rest of the land off monthly for the next few years, unless the generosity of our followers, friends and family exceeds the target amount of this campaign – then we will be empowered to pay it off quicker.

 It all starts with the land.

Any and all donations are accepted and appreciated. People donating over R500 are encouraged to contact us about a free camping weekend on the land (when facilities allow) and those donating over R5000 are encouraged to contact us about a full-catered (vegan) long weekend stay.

Our love and hope,

Bruce and Kelly.

 

 

Donations

  • Jul 10, 2020 - USD $ 31.38
  • "Plant a tree for me!!! :)" - FoodForestCardGame.com

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 157.50
  • "Thanks for answering all my questions always so cheerfully" - Anon

  • Jul 10, 2020 - USD $ 12.55
  • "Yeah! Good luck" - Charlotte von Fritschen

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "All the best in your endeavours" - Di Williams

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Much love and good luck.

    " - Lara and Shan

  • Jul 09, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "With love!" - Christopher

  • Jul 07, 2020 - R 233.10
  • "May nature bless you with abundance as you have blessed her with your compassion. Keep preserving the magic in our world!" - Jade M

  • Jul 07, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Best of luck!

    " - H. Green

  • Jul 07, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Good luck!

    " - Lucy and Do

  • Jul 06, 2020 - USD $ 29.00
  • "All the best Bruce and Kelly jMay all your dreams come true x" - Marion Malyon

  • Jul 06, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "" - Green Fairy

  • Jul 03, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Good luck!

    " - Caroline Bruce

  • Jul 03, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Much love!

    " - Jill And Hilton

  • Jul 02, 2020 - USD $ 39.20
  • "Good work Brother, hope you get this right!" - JustinA

  • Jul 02, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Keep going keep Growing

    " - Barry and Kitty

  • Jul 02, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Bryne Valley has a very special place in my heart and i can't imagine a better place for a Permaculture revolution. Go guys!

    " - Laurel Giddy

  • Jul 02, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    You are going to do this!

    " - Martijn

  • Jul 01, 2020 - USD $ 30.99
  • "You are gone get this land!" - Christine 🇨🇭

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Know all your dreams come truexxx" - Erika

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Wishing you much luck pursuing your dream" - Wendy

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Good Luck with living your dreams" - Kevin Bradley

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Looking forward to watching the magic evolve (organically, as it should). " - Nikki Brighton

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    I just love what you are doing and this will bring more like-minded souls into the fold.

    " - Liza van Coppenhagen

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Wish I could give more. Thanks for your excitement and love for everything wholesome and fresh. Will always try to support you two sweet and precious humans

    " - Rushka

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Hope your dream comes true! Good luck Organic Pear" - Nadja Hunter

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Your dream is alive" - Carol-Anne

  • Jul 01, 2020 - USD $ 21.10
  • "Hope to visit some day" - Frido

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Friend of Herta, fully share and support your dream" - Moira Younge

  • Jun 30, 2020 - USD $ 61.28
  • "Just love what you two do in the world" - The Newtons 3

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sent to you guys with all my love. " - Ashleigh Rose

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Good Luck guys! You deserve it" - Courtney

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good luck with your fundraising team! Excited to see what happens. " - Misha

  • Jun 30, 2020 - USD $ 30.64
  • "Good luck" - HaydnE

  • Jun 30, 2020 - USD $ 10.55
  • "Good luck from Namibia " - Dirk Bockmühl

  • Jun 30, 2020 - USD $ 30.64
  • "From cousins " - Anonymous

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "All the very best with your project!!" - Clark Family

  • Jun 30, 2020 - USD $ 24.56
  • "You'll have your land deposit by the of July !" - Robbie

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Good luck you two!" - Kim Russell

  • Jun 30, 2020 - USD $ 36.28
  • "GL" - HJ

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good luck Kelly and Bruce " - Kingsland

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Looking forward to my first visit ️️️" - John Davies

  • Jun 29, 2020 - USD $ 30.52
  • "Good Luck Bruce and Kelly " - Debs & Stu

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck Kelly and Bruce" - Sandy martin

  • Jun 29, 2020 - USD $ 31.65
  • "Viva! " - Rebel Seed

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Make the magic guys xx" - Skye

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Kelly Steenhuisen Permaculture Site Cause

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My name is Kelly Steenhuisen, my partner is Bruce Kaiser. We are 25 and 29, respectively and we live in Byrne Valley, KZN. We are crowdfunding for the deposit and fencing for a piece of land so that we may begin building and planting up a Permaculture site that will feed us and others