Tractor & Topper for Karuna Insight Design C.I.C

by Karuna in Shropshire

We did it
On 29th September 2015 we successfully raised £673 with 21 supporters in 42 days

Urgent!-Please Donate to help maintain and develop this environmental, educational, complex agroforestry project and wildlife sanctuary.

by Karuna in Shropshire

Project aim

Urgent!-Please Donate to help maintain and develop this environmental, educational, complex Forest garden (agroforestry)  Permaculture project and wildlife sanctuary.


When we ALL begin to die from the results of poisoned monocrop food supplies, where will the examples of a better way be?

At Karuna?....Perhaps,…. perhaps not!

If not, it won’t be from our lack of trying. We have been pioneer farming, organically for 10 years now at Karuna. It has always been something of a challenge to say the least.

If you look around the countryside you will see that there are almost no peasants managing the land. Sadly, industrialised agriculture has become the norm.

Our planning system is designed to prevent Low Impact Living ever even happening. We fought for our land rights for five exhausting, drawn out years which proved to be, without exaggeration- traumatic! Our two children suffered through it all and grew up caring for the land by our side.

There are few young pioneers out there. There are some people who feel that it’s a good way to go, but sadly, for most, it remains an ideology, seldom do they ‘make it’ become a reality. This is because it involves tremendous risk and hardship!

At karuna we like to stay positive and promote all the good things that are the result of our chosen lifestyle. That’s what we are here to do, to educate and support those who are seeking examples of new, wholesome ways forward. There are of course many, many down sides to it all. But when you know what you know,you can’t just sell up and go. Most people wouldn’t chose it (for various reasons) but for us it became clear that essentially the alternative solutions desperately need supporting, so we made a change. We continue on, and on against all the odds and hope that all our hard work will eventually pay off and the project will grow and reach more people, enriching their lives as it does so.

DO YOU believe, as WE DO, that the natural, organic way is the way to live and ‘practice’ growing food? What hope do we really have when our government don’t support it and few of the public are genuinely awake enough to support it?

Here lies an opportunity to take action and back positive organic futures.

Please support this research and demonstration site. We practice the alternative approach to the cancerous ever expanding, highly profitable (for the few) monoculture. We love nature and want to keep on supporting her. Monoculture reduces biodiversity which leads to an increase in pesticide use and fertilizer pollution and to the ill health of the general public.

This is the last call for support to anyone who believes in supporting a positive future for a genuine project that has proven itself and has so much potential.

“There is a compelling and urgent need for people to find their way back to that special, deep connection, between themselves and the land!”

It is absolutely impossible for Merav my wife, who is at Mid –stage of Huntington’s disease, myself and Soma our son, to manage the 18 acres of land by ourselves without the use of a tractor.

Karuna has needed regular tractor maintenance for many years now, but being just a small family, facing many challenges we have had to prioritise our focus. Now is the time, because the project needs to move on to the next phase.

Now is the time for you to support what YOU believe in!

Now is the time to join hands and take action!

‘IF ALL’ the people that have made a positive connection to our work at Karuna just donated £5 then we would have reached the target by now.

In these last few days of the campaign we hope to gain more backers and get closer to our goal. If the target is not reached all the funds raised will be put into a tractor funding account and we shall continue to work towards reaching or target and seeing the project grow and grow.

Love, light and blessing to ALL who back this worthwhile campaign for positive change!




Project update Tractor/Topper crowdfunding

In crowd funding if people understand and want to help your project they will back it. Those who don’t agree with it will not. The project’s success all depends on the crowd and our ability to reach them.


The Karuna project is all about demonstrating the results of a particular practice, which will hopefully inspire others to become more creative in their lives and practice approaches that work with nature and the environment. Many people over the years have benefitted from our work,(The Karuna project) the development and specific type of demonstration that we offer those seeking inspiration.

We would like to develop a little infrastructure to enable ‘more people to benefit’ from this unique site.

This campaign is a very important stage in the development of the whole project. The success of it will assist in the project becoming financially sustainable and moving on.

The plan is to keep the site better maintained so that we can receive more visitors and include a few new elements such as a new education centre and Glamping/camping area and ‘possibly’ a well maintained area for functions and events. Please support this.

We will no longer have to spend time working on this type of crowd funding approach to finance our projects…Hurray! With good site maintenance we’ll be in a far more sustainable situation financially and we’ll see the project develop and serve more of the community.

Animals. (Cattle/Sheep).

A few people have made comments regarding introducing animals onto the site. However, we’d rather not have to resort this to achieve our goals as we don’t eat meat.

Animals also cost allot of time, expertise and money. They need to be fed, cared for and provided with shelter. We have no attraction to,or knowledge of keeping them.

Across the site there are numerous ‘Forest gardens’ ,delicate eco-systems which take years of hard work to visualise, create and maintain. We do include the odd chicken and or Duck patrol support the system brilliantly, but generally animals are incompatible with this design approach.

A BIG special thanks’ to all those ‘far sighted & understanding’ donors to the project so far. We have had some prolonged internet problems and not been able to push the campaign as much as we’d have liked but we hope that more people will step forward and back this project, in the last fundraiser we doubled our backers in the last two weeks.

Please share with you friends!


Karuna is 10 years old this year. Lots of hard work and lots of achievements. And lots, lots more to do.

As time passes we are discovering what this complex agro-forestry projects basic needs are.

As the land changes, it’s needs change : what was once poor quality open  grazing fields, is now young woodlands and orchards, meadows, fruit tree nurseries, herbs and forest gardens, horticultural areas, polytunnel, pond, ducks, geese and nature observation points.

The new woodlands and diverse eco systems and micro climates are taking shape.2012 Photo showing tree growth with the rides inbetween,the growth is considerably larger now and becoming inaccessable in areas as well as Bramle and Blackthorn takeover

(2012 Photo showing tree growth with the rides inbetween,the growth is considerably larger now and becoming inaccessable in areas as well as Bramle and Blackthorn takeover).

Different aspects of the project need managing in different ways, with the right tools for the job.

One family alone cannot keep all this in order without the help of some heavy machinery!

At this point in time the tool that has become a priority for the project is a small to medium sized 4x4 tractor and topper (Mower).

Our video demonstrates how absolutely essential the need for this machinery is. And we hope that you will join in and be part of assisting the maintenance and development of this unique growing nature reserve and educational facility.

The Land needs caring for properly.

Public funding, such as ‘awards for all’ only fund brand new machinery-and a brand new tractor would simply be out of the question.

Problems for small scale agroforestry.

Crazily the government (Natural England) has ended the ‘Single Payment Scheme’ and introduced the new ‘Basic Payment Scheme’. Apparently Karuna does not have enough eligible land to take part in the new scheme. Karuna has lost that small amount of funding that once supported the maintenance of the land, primarily due to the fact that we have trees, instead of grazing and are considered to small.

Local surrounding, typical Shropshire, huge farms use massive tractors that damage and churn up the land by their sheer size and weight. Entry down the rides at Karuna is impossible due to the giant size of these machines.

Karuna can’t afford nor could it justify buying a new tractor even if it did have the funds.

We’ve been paying Ron, a good old dedicated ‘friend of Karuna’ to mow the grass, but can only manage to do so once a year.And he is running out of energy for it.

(Ron mowing the open areas which takes him 12 hrs to complete)

In the video Ron explains the benefits of regular mowing to the surrounding wildlife. He also explains why it should be mowed much more frequently for better maintenance and land use, especially with regard to enabling more people to access the land in the near future. So that they can learn, and share more about growing healthy organic food and living sustainably.

Unfortunately the much courser grasses have now become more and more of a problem as they have become establisheded, some impossible to scythe.

Kaurna’s precious volunteers, visitors and course participants can’t easily walk through the long uncut grass. When it rains they get saturated walking across the site to their accommodation and places of work in the open fields. This is most uncomfortable and inconvenient as they travel with few clothes in their back packs and suit cases and getting them dry can become a problem.

In mid-summer long, dry grass can also become a fire hazard.

Control of Blackthorn to prevent spreading is essential! The suckers spread and exploit the favourable habitat (the open paddocks and rides).Some areas have already been taken over and now require heavy machinery to get the areas back under control.

(we harvest Nettles at Karuna,but this sea of invasive nettles has become a growing problem and needs managing with heavy machinery).

Elimination of scrub and the spreading of unwanted weeds, thistles, nettles, doc, hog weed, brambles is essential to keep the land in good agricultural condition.

We have worked really hard and struggled to create a unique, natural ‘living work of art’ using Permaculture design.

A tractor will make all the difference to the site and enable more people to take advantage of the beautiful, exemplary design which has the welfare of both wildlife and the community at heart.

(Volunteers strugle to scythe around the orchards and forest garden areas.Some of the courser grasses have taken over)

Karuna now provides surroundings for inspiration, contemplation, learning and activity. Without proper maintenance the site will simply became an inaccessible jungle-no longer demonstrating how Forest garden design and working with nature can lead to the healing of the land and community.We aim to have more people learning on the land! PLease Support this!

(Children have great diffiiculty accessing the horticultural area where they learn about growing organic food)

Karuna already functions as an educational project, but the future of the project all depends on more people accessing the land.School children’s trips, Group visits, Eco-Camping/Glamping, retreats area are all part of the final vision for the future which is only possible when the land is maintained appropriately.

(A practical Forest gardening class in progress. Students struggle to get to the locations about the site with wheelbarrows full of tools and plants,where they need to work the land).

Fundamentally the 18 acre site shows that it is better to work with nature than against it. NOT to let it all go wild, not to dominate it, BUT to WORK WITH IT!

*Additionally a tractor will also assist with general tree care and hedgerow maintenance, and may also come in useful at a later date when we can afford a log splitter attachment for fire wood from the necessary 'thinning' of the woodlands and cleared storm damaged mature trees. This year we started to lay the hedgerows using traditional methods, but there are areas where the traditional, approach simply isn’t possible, so the hedge needs to be maintained with machinery,this is crucial!


After research we have learned that Karuna requires a 4x4 tractor as the land is very soft and wet and almost all of it sloping. The sum of £8,000 is really the minimum required to purchase a reliable 4x4 tractor (with Topper) that will continue to give years of problem free service.

This is your chance to help support a project that brings positive change,hopefully wiith the sucess of ths campeign,to MORE PEOPLE!

Please support Karuna to be more self-reliant by keeping the land in good order so more people and the environment can benefit.

Please be aware that absolutely any donation, LARGE or small is helpful and most appreciated. Every donation counts! Blessings ..& Thank YOU!


Above T shirt design we are offering as a reward, in green, black or white

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A personal Thank you for supporting this project and your name added to the donors page on our website.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Karuna Logo- Circular sticker and a personal thank you for supporting this important,unique diversity project and your name added to the donors page on our website.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Cotton T shirt with the beautiful 'Karuna Insight Design' logo. T shirts come in black, forest green or white. Your name will be added to the donors page on our website.

£80 or more

£80 Reward

An apple tree,organically grown in our nursery, Good Karma ,a massive thank you and a sticker. *please note we cannot post trees and you will need to collect them personally from Karuna. Your name will be added to the donors page on our website.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Weekend camping at beautiful karuna or a T shirt, a sticker and personal thank you. Your name will be added to the donors page on our website.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Weekend camping at Karuna and a personal guided tour of the project, T shirt, sticker and a warm personal thank you. Your name will be added to the donors page on our website.Very Good Karma!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

A massive thank you for supporting our project, you can choose any combination from the rewards above. Your name will be added to the donors page on our website.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Himalayas of sincere thanks for your support, you can choose any combination of the other rewards offered. Your name will be added to the donors page on our website. And If we have not yet met please try and visit the site. We'll cook you an excellent Meal,show you around and explain the complete vision over a bottle of home made organic Jostaberry wine or Cider.Great Karma! :)

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