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LIFE FROM GRASS ROUTES

WHAT IS THE IMPILO PROJECT

THE TWO PILLARS OF NORTHERN FARM RECREATION ARE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION.

NRFUG (Northern Farm Recreational User Group), the non-profit volunteer group behind all recreation at Northern Farm is the operator of the Impilo Project. The objective of the project is to develop real world skills for the community through practice and real world industry experience. NFRUG provides the learnership and funding necessary to develop the skillset for learners to enter the employment landscape with a head start. We specialize in the training of : –

BIKE MECHANICS | HOSPITALITY | STORE MANAGERS & CONSERVATIONISTS

Reach out to us about our paid internships, send an email to trails@northernfarm.org

Since 2020 the Impilo Project has trained and placed over 18 bike mechanics, 2 store managers and 2 rangers.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

CONSERVATION | EMERGENCY TRAINING | JOB CREATION

There is so much to do and so much more that can be done. Here are some of the other initiatives that we tend to with NFRUG.

WILDERNESS MEDICAL TRAINING

SARZA, GROUNDSAR, MOUNTAIN CLUB OF SOUTHERN AFRICA – Integral to the operations at Lanseria and the medical support on many of the stage races you may have done. The above crews spend countless hours developing their skills on the farm.

RIVER CLEANUP’S

The Jukskei river has sadly become the resting place of so much of Johannesburg’s litter. Our beautiful river bed which plays host to so many amazing bird species is almost destroyed after every flood. That’s where we come in, a dedicated river team clears the debris for recycling. 

CONSERVATION & ANTI-POACHING

It is often forgotten that Northern Farm is actually a gazetted nature reserve. There are several red flag species on the farm, this includes the Grasslands Owl and Blue Cranes among 260 other bird species. These animals need our protection. Weekly ant-poaching initiatives are run to remove snares and traps off the farm. This is a green lung to Johannesburg and it needs your protection.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT & SCHOOL SPORTS

The price of bicycles is a massive barrier to developing the sport. NFRUG trains and develops a small contingent of budding athletes on clubhouse bikes. Over and above this, we are regular hosts to school sports events of both running and cycling to schools within our locality.

TREE PLANTING PROJECT

We have been fortunate enough to replant over 150 trees since 2020  along with the seeding of over 2000 others in critical areas inhabited by alien species.

SANCTIONED TRAINING VENUE

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are only as strong as the our volunteers and contributors. If you are willing to give up a little time to assist with any of the above, please send an email to trails@northernfarm.org

If you have any bike spares (old parts), old kit, helmets or shoes that are just taking up space and you are willing to part with them. Please bring them with on your next ride and drop them off with Bongani at the Bike Wash.

Everything counts!

CONTACT US

REACH OUT TO US AT NORTHERN FARM

Volunteer crew for contact:-

Chairperson ~ Richard Ferrer 
Birding ~ Andre Marx andre.marx112@gmail.com
Equestrian ~ Charles Charles.duSautoy@charlesdusautoy.onmicrosoft.com 
Mountain Biking / Trail Running ~ Gavin Kearns trails@northernfarm.org

MTB Hire ~ TEMPORARILY CLOSED

 

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