Our Way of Living
We are a residential facility where adults with intellectual disabilities enjoy quality of life and meaningful work.
At Camphill Farm Community every person – however complex their individual needs may be - is valued as a unique being, is responsible for his or her own life, is striving towards being acknowledged as an individual and is able to govern the happiness of his or her everyday life.
We embrace people with complex needs, creating everyday lives, in which each person is respected as a worthy, contributing citizen.
We consider work to be a basic human right and an important means of participation in society or a community. Through work one can develop social and technical skills, and the outcome of work is a quality product or service of which one can be proud.
Camphill Farm Community provides a variety of supported working environments for people with complex needs.
Each resident works in a formal work-setting within defined working hours. Most work in one of our sheltered enterprises on the farm, and some are supported to work in the nearby
Phila Theraphy Centre
The Phila Therapy Centre, donated by the NLDTF and many others, offers therapies and health care for the children and young adults of Camphill School and the adult residents of the Camphill Farm Community as well as the co-workers living and working in these communities.
'Phila' in Xhosa promises that “all who come here will be well” while 'Phila' in Greek means love. The individual receiving treatment is approached through both conventional medicine and anthroposophical medicine, supplemented by the various therapies. All treatments are aimed to
At Camphill Farm Community Hermanus people enjoy a rich and varied cultural life.
There is optional participation in seasonal festivals, weekly music therapy and exercise groups. Every Saturday is library day, preceded by a storytelling session. The residential houses go on outings, which could typically include a trip in the cable car up Table Mountain, a river boat ride on the Stanford Queen, hiking in the beautiful fynbos above Camphill Farm and visits to the beach and areas of natural beauty around Hermanus.
Annual events include fun days like our own special olympics
Camphill Farm Communitywas founded in 1978 and the land has been managed on organic and biodynamic principles since.
Our main goal on the farm is to move towards sustainability, whilst fulfilling our vision – enabling quality of life for all at Camphill. A biodynamic farm is seen as an organism, which must be kept in optimum health for the people to benefit from all the products of the farm.
We are moving towards self-reliance, requiring less and less external inputs like funding and feed. We are also building on the organic principles by which the land has been managed since it became a Camphill Farm, and preparing to apply for organic, and eventually biodynamic certification.
The dairy herd is the centre of the farming operation. It is of utmost importance to provide healthy, biodynamic pastures for our cows, in order to get the best milk and cream to process into quality organic products by staff and residents in our dairy. The community benefits from fresh milk, yoghurt, butter and cheeses, and the surplus products are sold at local outlets to help fund the dairy enterprise.
The egg garden houses 300 laying hens that enjoy a varied, natural diet in the permaculture designed rotation yard system - a free-er than free range life.
The farm provides meaningful work for many of the residents that live at Camphill, each bringing their special contribution to the daily tasks and challenges.