The Running of the Farm

A hearty welcome to “a farm with a difference”! We are the only farm in Namibia run along bio-dynamic lines. This means that the principles we follow are ecologically and socially sound and sustainable. Another thing that makes us special is the farm’s diversity. Come for a farm tour and see what mixed farming means.

The farm offers a range of bio-dynamic products (not certified), such as milk, quark (cottage cheese), vegetables and meat, available direct from the farmhouse. Also available is freshly baked bread, which in due course will be made from grain we have grown ourselves.

The farm produce is on sale between 8h00 and 12h00 every Saturday at the Green Market, Klein-Windhoek (Dr. Kenneth Kaunda Street).

Agricultural production at Krumhuk, which is fully bio-dynamic, is divided into the following areas:
• Meat processing (our own beef and game)
• Milk processing
• Shaded greenhouses for growing vegetables and herbs
• Fodder cultivation

In the future we will be growing our own grain on 400ha in Northern Namibia, from which we will be able to make our very popular Demeter-quality bread.

Our cattle – beef, dairy and breeding cows – graze free-range all the year over the whole farm.

In order to farm successfully you need water. We get our water from bore-holes or by storing rainwater in reservoirs. Water shortage is a daily issue, and the main limiting factor in any plan for expansion. Our thinking for the future is in the direction of renewable energy and innovations such as “rainwater-harvesting”.

Krumhuk Farm is already as much as 70% self-sufficient.

Report on the new Arable Farm at Grootfontein

“400 ha of farmland, complete with building and machinery have been bought by Krumhuk. The company is currently working 243 ha of the land at its own expense. The rest is still natural bush. This land has been worked organically for the last 30 years.

The previous owner is at our disposal as a “flying mechanic”, while the present one is busy getting the new fields in order. In addition to the three employees who came with the farm I have brought in Otto and Vedu (in training) from Krumhuk. The ploughing mostly occupies three people for about ten hours per day. Two are always ‘turning it over”, while the others look after anything else that needs doing.

This season we are still planting a lot of maize (about 100 ha) because marketing is easy and the price is good. In addition we will in future have sunflowers (40 ha) for oil and bio-diesel, green manuring (60 ha), legumes (15 ha), lucerne (15 ha) and various grains (20 ha for bread and fodder).

We would like to experiment with the grain in order to be able to expand its production as soon as possible. In the medium term we would like to clear a further 120 ha, so that we can plant more lucerne and other fodder, such as grain instead of maize, and then build up a beef herd and the animal manuring cycle.

The first steps have been taken and in this season so far we have had 220 mm of rainfall.”

Ralph Ahlenstorf