Churutabis Farm is located in the North Western part of New Jersey in Frankford Township, about 30 minutes drive from both the Pennsylvania and New York State borders.
Here we raise our animals on about 16 acres of beautiful pasture and woods. ( Here is a list of area background links: Frankford Township Wikipedia entry; Branchville Wikipedia entry; Branchville Historic Marker; Branchville Borough; )
|Some pictures of the farm|
|Clockwise from top left is a photo taken from the air several years ago
showing some of the farm, mainly the house. Close up of house,
many years ago, recent google maps close up. Due to the extensive tree cover,
most of the farm operation not visible in this picture, but we have chickens on the
entire forrested area as well, moving them with portable electric fences and also
contained via perimeter fence.
Then recent google maps, borders hand-drawn in,
(real border are more straight lines),
topographic maps from http://www.topozone.com/new-jersey/
then a close up satelite image showing the chicken tractors with the trails left
as the chickens eat the grass. Finally an older google maps image.
The farm is named after the farm in Namibia where Hannelie was born. Namibia is the country on the west coast of Africa just North of South-Africa, formerly called South-West Africa and before that, German West Africa. Namibia was a German colony, later administered by South-Africa until it became independent and was renamed.
Churutabis is located about 70 miles south of the town of Keetmanshoop and the name means "The place with much water" in the Nama tongue (a local indigenous language). The area is an arid semi-desert that borders the Namib desert. The Churutabis farm has dependable fountains and a seasonal river, hence the name.
During the German colonial period, the German government had a police outpost there. The old police outpost later became the farmhouse. The Churutabis farm is about 10,000 hectare (about 40,000 acres). Although Hannelie left Churutabis as a child, the farm remained in extended family possession and she retained strong emotional bonds. Today the farm is uninhabited, although Hannelie's family still farms it as pasture for 500+ Boer Goats.
During 1998 our family emigrated to the United States from South-Africa and when we realized a dream of buying a farm some years later, we decided to name it "New Churutabis".