Frequently Asked Questions 5
Why doesn't a share give you a piece of land with a yearly levy to cover co-op cost etc.?
One of the main aims of Kanjini Co-Op if cooperative living, sustainably. We believe that private land ownership is a root cause of today's world problems. By moving from "this land is my land" to "we are one with the land", from private ownership to sharing, we develop a cooperative system of shared custodianship. We choose to not divide and apportion land because then we would have no say or input regarding who purchased that land if sold, therefore not knowing if the potential neighbours would adhere to Kanjini Co-Op principles of land care for instance or be aligned with the vision of Kanjini Co-Op. It also would make it much harder for the Co-Op to control for example pets which might cause problems, potentially harmful chemical use or determine the type of buildings allowed.
The other reason is that we believe and know from experience that once people have their own piece of land, cooperative living falls away while everyone is involved in 'their own thing'. The separateness that this type of division creates is not a sustainable use of resources, often duplicating basic services such as laundries. We feel that dividing the land will allow for separation rather than togetherness. However, this does not exclude any member from creating their own private space (unique shelter /dwelling) or from leasing a 'piece of land' for the purpose of a business venture. We want to see joyous days sharing activities together, making Kanjini Co-Op prosperous, sustainable and a wonderful place to share.
Can I live part time on Kanjini Co-Op Land?
Yes you can. There are many people who have expressed an interest in Kanjini Co-Op who travel for careers and want a special place to call home when not travelling, somewhere they can feel comfortable knowing they are contributing to the best interest of our planet. There are others who live in the nearby towns who can only enjoy being on the land at weekends due to work commitments.
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 plan 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 are capable.
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 industrial hemp.
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 sequestration.
If I can pay a deposit for a Full Membership now do I have to pay interest on the remaining share capital?
Kanjini Co-Op will not charge any interest on outstanding amounts of share capital until we purchase a property.
Why so many types of shares?
We deliberated, discussed and debated the Share Structure for over a year until we arrived at the final decision.
The reason we have a tiered share structure is to allow those with only a little money we have Introductory Membership so they may be given the opportunity to also join and for those people with extra money to invest in the future with Kanjini Co-Op by purchasing Investment Shares. We also have our Share structure with a 20% deposit so people with a little money, commitment to a Payment Schedule and lots of energy may share in a sustainable lifestyle.