Frequently asked questions

What people want to know from us

Frequently asked questions

What does the name Afrikara mean?
Divine light of Africa.

Are you bio-dynamic?
We do strive to work according to the recommendations made by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian born philosopher on whose work bio-dynamic farming is based. As we are not Demeter certified, we are not allowed to call ourselves bio-dynamic.

Does the farm sustain itself?
The farm’s primary production of foodstuffs does not sustain the farm in total. Our scale of operation is too small.

What is different about bio-dynamics?
In bio-dynamic agriculture one is always working from a spiritual perspective. We use various “tools” to support or weaken life forces as may be required in a specific context.

Do you buy feed for the livestock?
At the moment we still have to. We are always striving to reduce the amount of feed bought in, but it is very challenging – between droughts and the general lack of available substitutes for standard bought in feed.

Why do some cows have horns and others not?
Our cows without horns are naturally so. They are genetically “polled”. We do not ever remove horns. Sometimes a horn may break off, but that is rare and can be quite scary as the stump bleeds profusely for a short while.

How does it affect a cow not to have horns?
When one of our cows broke one of her horns, she subsequently developed a metabolic imbalance and got milk fever after she calved. She had never done that before. The cows that are naturally polled seem to have a totally different nature and temperament from horned cows. In some ways they are more aggressive, yet at the same time always very shy of the other horned cows.

At what age do you slaughter lambs?
Generally the lambs are between 6 and 18-months old.

What do you do with the bull calves?
We sell them out of hand to local buyers or send them to auction. They are usually between 6 weeks and 3 months old.

Where do you sell your product?
Most of customers live in Cape Town and Stellenbosch/Somerset West.

Do you pasteurize the milk?

Is the yoghurt raw?
No. We heat the milk before we add the culture.

Why is the product so expensive?
We prefer to ask why other food is so cheap. Our product is only expensive if you are unaware of what it takes to produce it.

Why are the different cuts of lamb all one price?
It takes the same amount of effort from the lamb to produce any part of its own body and besides, all cuts are equally tasty if you know how to prepare it.

Why is everything not packaged in glass?
Glass is super expensive. It is very heavy to handle. There is a huge safety risk in terms of breakages. It takes a lot of time, effort and chemical to wash and sterilize bottles for re-use.

Poetry writing workshops

Shirley's work has been published in several literary journals and anthologies and she recently received the third prize in the 2017 Dalro Poetry Awards.  She has been running poetry writing workshops in the Eastern Cape and Johannesburg since 2016. The workshops usually run over six weeks, with participants meeting once a week for two hours. She hopes to run weekend poetry retreats at Hoekiesdam and other venues in the Western Cape, and also to continue offering six-week workshops to anyone who may be interested in learning to write poetry or improve their writing skills. 

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Wooden toys

Hennie will be moving to Hoekiesdam in April 2019. 

Once there, he will be upgrading the workshop and converting part of it into a woodwork shop, where he will be manufacturing wooden developmental toys and domestic accessories for sale under the Afrikara umbrella.  Once the workshop is fully functional, he aims to offer training in woodwork.

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Both the Tarot and I-Ching can successfully be used as tools to encourage and empower people to take right action and make right decisions for their lives, by highlighting possibilities and concerns and bringing ideas and suggestions into play that may otherwise not have been considered.  Shirley has successfully been reading the Tarot for herself, and for friends and family, for many years.  More recently, she was introduced to the I-Ching, and has found combination Tarot-I-Ching readings to be incredibly helpful and insightful, to the extent that long-standing clients have urged her to start doing readings professionally.

For prices and more information, please WhatsApp Shirley on 082 928 8671.  

Body Alignment

Using the chakras and minor chakras as gateways, Body Alignment seeks to address energetic imbalances on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.  It works at the root cause of issues, with the permission and guidance of the client's Higher Self.  The facilitator, or practitioner, locates specific body points to access the energy fields of systems and organs in the body, linking to and releasing, energy blockages in the physical and supersensible bodies. 

Shirley is a qualified Body Alignment practitioner and can be WhatsApped on 082 928 8671 for more information and/or to book an appointment. 

Medicinal Plants/Herbs

We grow a large variety of medicinal plants and herbs, like Artemisia afra (African wormwood or mugwort), lion's tail (lion's ear/wild dagga), thistles, and many more. 

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We grow a limited range of perennial and seasonal herbs for teas and culinary purposes.  Please contact us if you would like us to cultivate herbs for you. 

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Salad Packs

We supply mixtures of assorted young lettuce leaves, herbs, edible flowers and other greens for good-looking salads.

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Aletta is always happy to share her knowledge and experience of biodynamic farming practices. However, if you would like her to visit your farm for an assessment or should you require more hands-on involvement, feel free to contact her to discuss her fees. Contact Afrikara


Dreamcatcher Workshop

Contact Thierry to organise a dreamcatcher retreat or workshop, or to order a personalised dreamcatcher.

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Mantra Art Workshops

Contact Thierry to organise a Mantra Art workshop or retreat at Hoekiesdam, or a venue of your choice. Mantra Art is a whole-art form practised by many Kung-Fu practitioners and can effectively be used as a team-building or personal-development tool.

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