History and Philosophy
In 1889 Krumhuk Farm was acquired by Richard Voigts, who by securing water resources (through wells and the building of the reservoir) made the land habitable on a permanent basis. The next generation tried to diversify the farm’s activities.
In 1995 Ulf Dieter Voigts (farmer, owner and founder’s grandson), his wife Christine (teacher and now Christian Community priest), Ralph Ahlenstorf (bio-dynamic farmer) and his wife Christiane (eurythmist) founded a company with the aim of transforming traditional Namibian farming.
This team, as the leaders of Krumhuk Farm, put together a Codex of Values, all the provisions of which have already been 100% fulfilled and are now practised daily. They are as follows:
To release the land from private ownership
To run the farm according to bio-dynamic principles
To provide the conditions for everyone on the farm to develop themselves according to their own abilities
To give young people from kindergarten to school-leaving age an education inspired by the anthroposophical view of human nature
To encourage all those living on the farm to treat nature and each other with due respect
In 1996 the company was founded, and its members brought certain areas of land under bio-dynamic cultivation for the first time. The building up of a dairy herd was the first step towards more intensive farming. Further lines of production, such as the processing and marketing of milk products, the processing of beef and game, hospitality management, vegetable and animal feed cultivation, and a small handcrafts workshop all currently contribute to the farm’s income.
In 1999 the Sarima guesthouses were built. Through renovation of the main farmhouse further guest accommodation was added in 2011.
In 2009 in the southern area of the farm the Krumhuk Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) was founded. It offers a practical course in agriculture as well as one in home economics. www.atckrumhuk.org
Today an inter-cultural community made up of people from six different language groups lives at Krumhuk. The core group consists of 30 Damara people, who have been living on the farm for generations. In addition there are staff-member families belonging to the Owambo-Baraquena (Bushman), Herero and German speaking cultures. The youngest people living on the farm are only a few months old, while the eldest is 96.
The future: 1) We intend to develop further the work of the KATC and increase international co-operation in connection with it. 2) The Old Farmhouse will have space for seminars of up to 20 participants, inc. catering. 3) Steps will be taken to increase the quality of care the farm’s children receive, and to integrate into their communal upbringing elements of knowledge from all the cultures present on the farm.