WESSA Field Trip to explore Alternative Energy Sources

Saturday, 25 October 2014

With the recent announcement that Eskom will hike the price of electricity by 12% next year, many of us are keen to switch to alternative energy resources.


Join us on a 4-hour visit to Karoo Aroma, the commercial farm of Deon van Zyl, in the Little Karoo. Deon manages his home and all the farming activities totally off the grid, making use of solar-, wind- and other forms of renewable energy. Deon is an electronics engineer and he will be sharing his trials and successes in the development and establishment of his alternative energy infrastructure.

Deon and Kokkie cultivates and markets a variety of fresh and processed herb products which are on sale at Golden Harvest, Fruit and Veg City, Van Rensburg and other outlets. In 2011 they received the South African Produce Award for their sustainable methods used in organic farming. They will treat us to a taste of their sought after pesto and some of their products will also be on sale.

Route instructions: 

Karoo Aroma is situated in the vicinity of Eagle Falls along the Uniondale road. The turn-off to the farm is about 3km before reaching the Knoll turn-off. The distance to the farm is approximately 70 km from George, 73 km from Oudtshoorn and 40 km from Uniondale.

Look out for the WESSA banner to indicate the turn-off to the farm. You will recognize the homestead by the battery of solar panels visible from the road.

Aim to arrive at the farm by 10 am and expect to leave at about 2pm. Where possible, please share lifts in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

Remember to bring:

A picnic lunch, liquid refreshments and a camping chair.

Participation fees:

R30 for WESSA members and R50 for non-members. Proceeds will go towards funding WESSA’s Environmental Education Projects.

Book your place by contacting:

Annemarie: angebhar@telkomsa.net

044 870 0086  or  083 301 3248

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