Portrait of artist Vivienne McOnie and sunset with vintage Bedford milk-truck at the farm Elandsvalley; home of Stanford Harvest.
Just outside our village something out of the ordinary is going on and that makes it all very intriguing. Eight or so people/couples each have a share in the Blue Moon community and all of these are extra-ordinary people with social engagement. Alternative energy sources and energy uses are experimented with, film- and theatre- decors are made (including those for US-movie makers who film on location in South Africa) and there is ….. The Last Resort. If you want to get rid of your kids for one or more days Craig and Cathy will not only look after them but will keep them so busy that you don’t have to look after them for a while when you collect them. We were there last Friday during a school outing of a pre-primary school. With simple means (no Nintendo or computer games, etc.) and in a nature concious/exploring way children are kept engaged with play, treasure hunts, camping (yes there are overnight facilities), etc.
Or as they state in their Facebook page: “We are a multi-functional venue with a heart. We do children’s parties ; children’s camps and live music concerts. Also available for private functions. We have a large sturdy stage with good lighting ; a dance area ; shaded areas ; a large, living labyrinth and a comfortable tipi. Also a lovely dam and within walking distance to the village of Stanford. Blue Moon Community Farm is also home to an accomplished potter ; an alternative technology enthusiast and a vermiculturalist organic landscaper, amongst other interesting people“.
Craig sees also another market: “Stanford is more and more becoming a true nature destination. Parents who want a quiet holiday without their youngsters can drop them here and go to whatever accommodation in this area“.
The larger Stanford area is the South African hotspot of Fynbos and most of the Fynbos flowers are exported around the globe. Partly the flowers are harvested from cultivated plants and partly in a environmental responsible way in the open ‘veld’. This month and the few following ones some farmers and their staff are full time enganged in harvesting and packing.
Stanford Hills Estate, just outside the village, is one of those farms. Next to grapes (for their vintage Jackson Wines) the Fynbos is the main source of their income. Embedded at the foot of the Klein Rivier Mountains the farm provides visitors a wide range of stunning views of the surroundings.