Frequently Asked Questions - BUSINESSES
In the Business Plan of the
Disclosure Statement I read that Kanjini will be growing Papaya and
Sweet Potatoes. Are these the main crops that Kanjini plans to grow
We included Papaya
and Sweet Potatoes in our Business Plan plan as an example of cash
crops suitable for the area and demand in the region. AND frankly we
chose those two crops because we could access the required data
required to show, for registration as a Trading Cooperative, that we
Kanjini Co-Op aims to create a
sustainable lifestyle producing quality food for our own consumption
and for exchange with the local area as a source of income. We will
use many earthcare modalities such as Permaculture, Organics,
Aquaponics, Biological Farming and Biodynamic Principles.
Kanjini’s aim is also to rehabilitate any areas of eroded and
denuded land as well as custodianship of our food production area.
Agriculture will be engaged in
for our own consumption as well as commercially. We will use
permaculture, organic and biodynamic methods adapted to local
conditions with a focus on seasonal and local foods, while aiming for
long-term sustainability for future generations.
We envisage that we will grow a
large variety of fruit trees and vegetables (with a preference to
using non-hybrid and non GM seeds); spices; herbs for healing and
cooking; flowers for scent, aesthetics, oils, and for attracting
birds and butterflies; trees for timber, shade and bee food; bush
tucker; mushrooms and fungi; bamboo (no running varieties); and
Kanjini has also investigated
several agricultural opportunities such as growing native fruits and
pumpkin for seed oil (both of these established local business
wanting more produce).
We anticipate selling our surplus
commercially including farmers’ markets and food networks. We
will be looking to value add by drying, preserving, distilling,
brewing and otherwise processing our produce. Aquaculture
will be practised both in our large dams as well as in smaller
integrated systems incorporating algae, worms and vegetables.
We are also committed to forestry
both for long-term timber production as well as for carbon
Can I create a Co-Op
business and get personal income form that?
we very much welcome individuals creating and/or running Co-Op
businesses. You will need to create a business plan, present it to a
meeting and get approval. You could be paid a wage or get a
percentage of profits for creating and/or managing the business.
Kanjini Co-Op encourages members to take responsibility of different
businesses and have their own sphere of responsibility and freedom to
develop their creativity. We already have several profitable
businesses established, but the land has potential for many more.
Can I have my own
business on Co-Op land?
you can by presenting a business plan and applying for a usage
agreement over the space which the business will be using. We want to
see a variety of businesses and activities on the land. However we
will give preference to Kanjini-operated businesses and encourage
people to start those (see above). Personal businesses will be
required to pay a percentage of profits to Kanjini, are encouraged to
employ Kanjini Co-Op members and/or should benefit Kanjini in other
ways. However since the land is now purchased there are endless
possibilities for businesses/ paid employment within Kanjini Co-Op
owned business activities as well as opportunities for establishing
privately owned income producing ventures on Co-Op land.
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