Alle indlæg af Cathrine Dolleris

Ny Dato: Introduktion til permakultur på Mikrogaarden 24.-26. september

Vi har valgt at rykke weekendkurset ”Introduktion til Permakultur” med Cathrine Dolleris på Mikrogaarden til 24.-26. september. Jer, der er nysgerrige på permakultur, kan få mulighed for et break og igen at være sammen med andre. Mikrokursus betyder samtidig, at vi bliver under 10 personer i alt.

Weekenden giver indblik i grundlæggende permakulturbegreber og -metoder og inspiration til at designe eget projekt. Mikrogaarden er beliggende på 11 tønder land med skov og mose i det smukke Vestsjælland. Der er rig mulighed for at gå ture i skoven, når der ikke er undervisning.

Prisen er 2.500 kr. fra fredag til søndag inklusiv undervisning, forplejning og overnatning i 2 personers værelser.

Læs mere om kurset og tilmelding på https://www.mikrogaarden.dk/permakultur/

Ring til Pernille på 2759 1127 eller send en mail til pernille@mikrogaarden.dk.

Vi glæder os til at se jer.

Cathrine og Pernille

Tilbud om gratis økologirådgivning

Vel vidende at der kan være forskelle på at dyrke jorden efter de økologiske regler og principper og de etikker, der gælder for permakultur, så er der også et stort sammenfald.

I Økologisk Landsforening vil vi derfor gerne hjælpe flere af jer med faglig rådgivning, der kan være med til at afklare mulighederne for at blive autoriseret økolog samtidig med, at du fastholder principperne for permakultur.

At få sin økologiske autorisation indebærer, at der skal overholdes en lang række regler, der alt andet lige vil betyde en række restriktioner af større eller mindre betydning, afhængig af hvordan og hvad man ønsker at producere. Samtidig giver det adgang til at sælge sine produkter under det velkendte røde ø-mærke med alle de fordele, det giver.

I praksis vil vi gerne tilbyde det, vi kalder et ”omlægningstjek”, som er et gratis rådgivningsbesøg ude på jeres ejendomme. På besøget gennemgås produktionen i forhold til de gældende økologiregler samtidig med, at der kan sparres med rådgiveren i forhold til gode erfaringer, dyrkningsmæssige tiltag, netværk og afsætning.

Eneste krav til din produktion er, at den drives kommercielt eller har som sigte at blive kommerciel. Der er som sådan ikke krav til en bestemt omsætning.

Hjælp til etablering og generationsskifte

I år har vi mulighed for at hjælpe 5 ”cases” i forbindelse med deres nyetablering eller generationsskifte. Vi kalder initiativet for ”Bæredygtigt Generationsskifte”. Hjælpen består af rådgivning omkring etablering, finansiering og afsætning – gerne med en ny og mere alternativ tilgang, da hele formålet er at belyse / anvise nye måder at komme i gang på. Også her gælder det, at ”casene” skal have et vist kommercielt sigte.

Hvis du har lyst til at få et gratis omlægningstjek eller ønsker at drøfte dine muligheder for at få rådgivningshjælp under projekt ”Bæredygtigt Generationsskifte”, så kontakt:

Jens Peter Hermansen, projektleder Økologisk Landsforening

Tlf.: 61974910    e-mail: jph@okologi.dk

Se mere på: Omlægningstjek – Økologisk Landsforening (okologi.dk)

Food System Change Online Congress (March 22nd-24th 2021)

Invitation

Our food system is not sustainable. The current global crisis draws attention to this fact more than ever. The Food System Change Online Congress will highlight solutions to this problem by presenting decentralized, bottom-up initiatives from all over Europe, which push for a sustainable transformation of the food system. Taking place via live online transmission from March 22nd to 24th, the event will enable people from all over Europe to come together and discuss the innovative approaches taken. The goal in sharing ideas and networking between the pioneers is to support and implement more projects of this kind in Europe and therefore promote the food system change. 

The congress is free of charge and open to everyone. In each of the five different sessions niche innovations in the European food system are presented by the pioneers themselves followed by a 50 minutes Q&A session and discussion with one further scientific/networking expert in the field. Topics discussed here include amongst others climate-friendly and sustainable farming methods, innovative financing systems or building sustainable communities through Bio-Districts. In four panel discussions we aim to discuss in depth the potential of open source solutions in the food and agricultural system, how to build regional networks, how to make an impact on politics and further synergies/networking potentials as an outlook. Last but not least in session 4 a closing declaration of the congress will be elaborated on and discussed in a group setting and signed at the end of the congress by all parties interested. Should you be unable to participate, you can head to foodsystemchange.org to watch recordings of all the sessions and panels after the event is over.

The Food System Change Online Congress is an initiative by NAHhaft e.V., Germany. NAHhaft is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable food strategies through research, consulting, education and networking. With the help of partners from science, civil society, politics and administration, sustainable food systems are promoted.

Date & Time: March 22-24, 2021 from 9am to 5.30 pm 

Language: English 

Programme with speakers and panelists: see below 

Facilitator: Ribana Bergmann

Registration: https://www.ernaehrungswandel.org/vernetzen/food-system-change-congress/sign-up 

Website: https://www.ernaehrungswandel.org/vernetzen/food-system-change-congress/about 

Contact: info@foodsystemchange.org

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Food System Change Online Congress.

Please feel free to forward the invitation to interested parties within your network.

Best regards,

Helen Engelhardt and Lydia Deppe

NAHhaft e.V.




Time

22 March 2021

23 March 2021

24 March 2021

8:00 AM

Invitation via Email

Invitation via Email

Invitation via Email

9:00 AM – 10:30  AM

Welcome session

Introduction: Transformation of the food system and role of the congress


Speakers: Dr. Benjamin Leon Bodirsky, Stephanie Wunder

Session 3 : Agroforestry and its variations across Europe


Speakers: Ben Raskin, Marcin Wójcik, Dr María Rosa Mosquera-Losada

Session 6: Cities assuming the responsibility of food production


Speakers: Filippos Polatsidis, Pascal Hardy, Dr. Bernd Pölling

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Session 1: Climate-friendly and sustainable farming methods


Speakers: Dr. Johannes Eisenbach, Gilles Domenech,Marlène Vissac

Session 4: 

Development of the closing declaration



Panel discussion 3: Impact on politics


Panelists: Ana Moragues Faus (PhD), Janneke Bruil, Inés Jordana

12:30 PM –  2 PM

Lunch break

Lunch break

Lunch break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Session 2 : Open Source solutions: the challenge to share and protect farmer’s knowledge


Speakers: Andrea Ferrante, Severine von Tscharner Fleming,Ramona Duminicioiu

Session 5: Building sustainable communities through Bio-Districts


Speakers: Roberto Stucchi Prinetti, Samuel Bonvoisin, Salvatore Basile

Session 7: Innovative financing systems


Speakers: Gonzalo Úrculo, Dr. Jenny Lay-Kumar, Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Häring, 

3:30 PM –    4 PM

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Panel discussion 1: Potential of open source solutions in the food and agricultural system


Panelists: Dr. Johannes Kotschi, Chris Giotitsas, Lynne Davis, Rachel Arnould, Foteini Zampati

Panel discussion 2: Building regional networks


Panelists: Tom O’Kane, Johanna Stumpner, REFRAME – Interreg VB North Sea Region Programme, Wannes De Jonghe

Panel discussion 4: Outlook: Synergies, networks and the way forward


Panelists: Stanka Becheva, Dr. Fedele Colantuono, Prof. Mariantonietta Fiore, Forum Synergies

5:30 PM

Closing 

Closing

Closing

 
 
 

Tunaweza PermacultuRE

VOLUNTEER/ INTERNSHIP  AND FIELD VISIT PROGRAM IN ZANZIBAR

By Steven Odhiambo Otieno

My journey started when on 3rd December 2020 , I was so happy and eager to see what is waiting for me on the other side of the family Indian ocean. It was nice to reach in Nairobi and evening the right traffic jam,  I had hopes that things would go well for me at the end of the day. I arrived in Nairobi so fine,  took  a taxi to the airport to confirm my flight status and any other things I could have forgotten just to get ready for the next days journey, and after I had to get myself some food for the night and a hotel room which I settled at around 9.00 pm .
My next morning which was 4th December became a little bit hectic, I had to wake up at 5:00 Am to make sure I get ready and beat up Mombasa road traffic jam  to the airport . Of course my flight was at 8:99 AM but I still needed some little rush due to unpredictable Nairobi roads. Luckily by 8:30 Am I was at the Airport, passed through the security check and headed to the immigration. In the process through the immigration I learned that my flight was cancelled and forwarded to 7.30 PM so I had to wait till 6.00 pm to finish the immigration process. Oh Noo,  that was a hard task and what made me feel bad is that I was never informed that they cancelled the flight…no text no call. No one seemed responsible for anything so I had to go to Kenya Airways reservation office within the airport of which they agreed to put me on rescission flight to Daresalaam  via Zanzibar. The flight was  scheduled to jet off JKIA at 8:30 PM  which eventually flew off 9.30 pm. So I had to wait for more than 13 hours .
The delay of course interrupted my plans so I had to arrive in Zanzibar very late at night and by time I could find a guest house it was 12:00 AM.
Its always good to have things go our way but sometimes it’s good to learn to be elastic that we can take situations the way the are, so I accepted and I had to plan how to take the rest of my days .
In Zanzibar I couldn’t reach most of my contacts because it was already weekend and I promised to be there in Friday early which wasn’t possible because of the flight delay. I had to reschedule myself until Monday, so I had two days to get a better guest house that could at least fit my budget, get a sim card, some airtime and also get to know some cheap food restaurants .
Early 7th morning I had to take daladala (a buss ) from Darajani market to Matemwe, up north -Zanzibar to visit DADA project for the volunteer program. It was about 65 km and we took about 2 hours to arrive because we had so many stop overs for pickups and dropping the passengers, I’m lucky I was at the front seat, I couldn’t see how people were so squeezed  at the back and some had to squat down on their knees. We have a litle bit of the same experience in Kenya though this was a bit extreme, it could be strange if you are new in Africa.

I arrived in Dada Permaculture Farm and everything seemed so wonderful from the natural eco-system to everything my eye could catch.
Antije and the family welcomed me ..sat for a few moments then went for my orientation which was very important and informative. We had three hours walk and talk around the farm. I came to understand everything was ok, apart from too much tension in the region due to political reasons and any new person that could be seen around was a threat to their peace. In a short story, Matemwe people are believed to be rebels of the Tanzania -Zanzibar government and they were opposing the appointment of President John Magufuli of Tanzania mainland, and Ali Mwinyi of Zanzibar. In the previous election violence, some people were killed in Matemwe and some are still missing until to date. In that case Antije advised me not to reside in the project or in the nearby guest house and instead stay in stone town and only show up during morning hours and leave by 4:pm for all the days I intended to be there.
I chose to take her advice positively, scheduled five days of commitment to volunteer to do some garden work (observe and interact method of learning) get to know the background story of the project (ask and answer method of learning), meeting with chicken yard -Zanzibar owners, and two days of field visit of which I had to go to Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar, Fumba Town Permaculture together with Permaculture Design Company, and then a day of doing my networking evaluation.

DADA Permaculture Project background
The project was initiated and made up by the locals (communities) of Mbuyu Mabundi and Kijiwe Mnara in Matemwe region North of Zanzibar and supported by an NGO known as Solar Africa Network which brought the introduction of new energy alternative, which is mostly solar energy, to help them in income generating activities. They have an in charge person, who is a German lady permaculturalist living with her family. She has been living for in Zanzibar for 30 years practicing permaculture. Her name is Antije.

Antije clarified to me that she never came to buy land in Africa and when she came to visit she only saw a dying community with a very big forest area being cut off, though it was a coral area. She decided to settle there just to help and that’s when she engaged the community in the area. She volunteered to stay there, considering the land agreement made that she wasn’t going to purchase the land, and the community were not to interfere with her activities and instead join her in reclaiming the land. Her only intentions were to bring back the lost glory and teach the community about regenerative agriculture and how to relate with nature.
The project is divided into two sections, the Dada Project for women and Dada Permaculture Project, and I could understand that they do combined exchange and learning at the same time. The exact description the project address the following problems in the community:
Fuelwood Shortage. Due to over-harvesting of fuelwood and slash-burn farming methods, the dry coral rag soil does not provide anymore for substantial growth of natural vegetation fast enough. Additionally, the population is growing at high speed.
Income generating. The communities´ main need is to improve their livelihoods. Apart from fishing, seaweed farming and subsistence farming little contributes to the well-being of most of the local households. In sharing entrepreneurial ideas and passing on skills whilst using renewables, feasible ways for sustainable development are demonstrated and exercised.

Why did Antije decide to use Permaculture?
Due to climate change reason considering her observation, monitoring and of the area she knew that social problems such as unemployment, crime, waste and pollution are combined with environmental issues such as wildlife habitat destruction, water scarcity and soil erosion was going to be on the rise.
By applying Permaculture, she needed to change the mindsets and behaviors of the individuals and Matemwe community members as whole to have both short and long-term positive effects.
She believed that Permaculture could bring together tried and tested approaches in designing and redesigning and bring other technologies to the design and development of sustainable systems.
This was the only better way of teaching Matemwe sustainable/organic agriculture, energy efficient housing like her own house, appropriate technology like using the solar panels and the solar energy cookers. Fair trade like Fumba Town trade markets that they participate in every month with the rest of the farmers from all over the country.

Now it’s clear to many that permaculture as a way of designing Dada Project, not only reduce the impact of their living, but also to provide a model for how to live sustainably in harmony with the resources of the earth. The intention is to inspire many others and help broadcast the ideas of sustainability, low-impact living and permaculture far and wide.

Gardenwork.
This came a day after orientation of which I had to go to the garden with other youths who had taken swahili PDC in Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar. I must admit that it was so fun to be with them because most of the time we had to talk in swahili language even though my swahili wasn’t perfect like theirs, but I spoke only English with Antije to get more clarification. We had to tackle different activities in the farm by applying a system thinking approach to problem solving with an outcome of creative solutions.
1) Site water auditing and working with water on a site (roof capture and surface run off water where by we cold calculate the land topography and how to lay water pipes according to the gravity and placement of the water tank. Catch and store energy.
This involved both the catching and storing of seasonal water for household needs and long-garden use.

2) Animals in the Permaculture farm. How to do the best chicken yard, warm rearing and using chicken waste.

 

3) Garden lay outs container/ vertical gardening and types of gardens.

4) soil preparation
Adding organic matter in the form of compost and aged manure, using mulch and growing cover crops (green manures).

Meeting with chicken yard -Zanzibar Founders.
Before I went to Zanzibar, they are one of the best poultry farming practitioners I have been following for a while. I admire their work and how they impact lives of women in the island. I crossed my fingers that when I get the chance then I would love to meet and also get some knowledge from them. Off course we would soon want to implement one of our own Tunaweza chicken yard so it was very important to organize a small meeting.
Luckily when I was in Dada Permaculture Project, I happened to ask Antije if perhaps she knows them. Surprisingly she told me that they ware project partners, and she could just do a phone call and make them come. The next day when I came to Dada, we had really a good meeting under the Baobab tree.
They gave me some general information on small-scale chicken production with minimum risk and improved output and further gave me the logic on how I could start on a small space.
They also promised to pay a visit to Tunaweza Permaculture at any time from February 2021 to see what we are doing.


Practical Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar
I had to to take a day to visit practical Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar where I already had a contact with a lady called Agnes. Agnes is assistant operation manager at the institute. She gave me a warm welcome then took me around the farm which we could finish because of time. The Practical Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar is an educational/ demonstration site, located 25-30 minutes away from Stonetown. It occupies 5 acres of land where features had been created. An organic vegetable garden, swales, grey water management system, rainwater harvesting, food forests, rocket stoves, solar power, nursery have been carefully designed and implemented.
The purpose of the institute is to train as many locals starting with primary school teachers, women`s groups, youths and farmers where they can come and gain the knowledge necessary in permaculture to build and maintain a happy, healthy way of life centered around nature and all she has to offer and what they can offer in return. Learning permaculture gives them the tools for self-sufficiency, future food security, environmental recovery and regeneration and a sustainable livelihood. The school work to change the way the people view and design the landscape, their surroundings, their relationships and their daily lives so they can improve on what the planet needs.

 Fumba Town and Permaculture Design Company
I was also glad to visit Permaculture Design Company which is a waste management company situated
in Fumba, Zanzibar and working together to build Fumba Permaculture Town.
I met Franko Gohse, the CEO of the company, who was so happy to welcome me, gave me the background story and showed me around the permaculture design company and Fumba Town.
The exercises took about seven good hours and a lunch break in between, and I must say that the all exercise gave me an opportunity to at least learn a little about waste management in urban area, and I  got orientation on few other things they do within their projects which are important as well.ry out sustainable urban landscape design using Permaculture principles to implement the sustainable development goal. I came to learn that they have a big team that is managing the landscape of Spice Island Hotel with permaculture principles. People Care, Earth Care & Fair share. Companion planting, mulching, composting, vermicomposting, natural pesticides, poultry keeping and kitchen gardens.

Friends and network
Being a person who is very social and always ready to express myself, this journey was one of my best journeys ever. Apart from difficulties of sickness and things being more expensive in Zanzibar, due to festive and tourism high pick seasons, I still managed to meet some few friends. We had a good time and almost all of them ware so much interested to know more and visit my project. Here are some photos of the friends I met. From light Blue t-shirt is Ran from England, he loves Permaculture and would like to visit Tunaweza Permaculture next time he will be traveling to Africa for hollidays. With the black T-shirt is Abel from Sweden, but he is of Eritrea origin. He promised to come to Kenya in September to visit Tunaweza Permaculture Project. The last guy (white guy) with the blue t-shirt is Tobias from Netherlands, he is a social permaculturalist and  would love to work with Tunaweza Permaculture to do some Permaculture entertainment/information videos  for social media and website.

 

 

 

PDC in Homabay, Kenya

Text and photos: Steve Odhiambo

I reported to the  training on 15th November morning where I joined other trainees alongside very wonderful trainer by names  Maurice Obuya and James Thiong’o  and  many  online  guest speakers from all over the world. We started with five days of introduction sessions of understanding permaculture ethics and the principles according to Bill Mollison.  Then we had one day of  practical application of ethics and principles at Jeffasions permaculture ecosphere. Then one day of intense practicals on doing compost, planting beds and swales, One day of doing design on paper considering the principles and participants doing presentation. One day tour to four  different permaculture sites across Nyanza region while doing observation and assessments. One day of analyzing the assessments and observations, graduation and a goodbye party. In total ten intensive days.

Steve Odhiambo har fået sit certifikat for PDCen i Kenya

I must inform you that I have really learned so much by engaging in the course and I’m happy we had practicals to make sure that we understand the theory. This was a big part of the learning and we had an existing mature ecosystem to relate to. Now I know what to do with my already started project in the city, how to bring in the permaculture principles and be able to impact the community.

I’m set to travel by 30th to Zanzibar for 10 days internship  at Dada permaculture center in Zanzibar to get more diverse knowledge and to expand on my network.

Much thanks from me and the entire Tunaweza permaculture project Kenya.

Regards

Steven Odhiambo

 

For hver PDC certifikat der bliver givet i Permakultur Danmark regi går 100 kr. til den internationale sponsorpulje for at give en værdig person mulighed for at komme til  “International Permaculture Conference” – IPC. Pga corona virus og andre forhindringer er IPCen blevet udsat og bestyrelsen har derfor valgt i år at sponsorere Steve Odhiambo, som er kendt af et tidligere bestyrelsesmedlem.

 

FUTURE CONVERSATIONS KOMMER TIL DANMARK I JANUAR 2021

DATO: søndag d. 17 januar til søndag d. 11 april 2021

KLOKKEN: 19.00 – 21.00

STED: online

En serie af 6 online samtaler spredt ud over 12 uger

Future Conversations er et online faciliteret forløb, udviklet i England, som handler om at skabe både personlig og fælles modstandskraft (resilience), som kan hjælpe os til at håndtere de lammende følelser, der rammer os, når vi fokuserer på verdens tilstand og klimaforandringerne. Hvordan kan vi møde de udfordringer, fremtiden vil bringe, på en mere konstruktiv måde?

I seneste nummer af Permakulturtidsskriftet skriver Mira og Esben om, hvordan angsten for klimakrisen kan handlingslamme os. Future Conversations byder på en fortroligt samtale-rum hvor der er plads til følelser af angst, smerte og melankoli – følelser som vi er nødt til at finde en ny måde at være med, for at kunne bevæge os videre. I samtaler om vores forbundethed til kloden, og alt det levende, kan nye fortællinger, motiver og planer spire. Samlet kan vi inspirere hinanden, lære fra hinanden og generere ideer der fanger fællesskabets interesse. Det skaber momentum og styrke til at handle og komme i gang med noget, der er brug for.

Facilitator af forløbet bliver dygtige Pamela Candea. Pam har været med til at udvikle Future Conversations med sine kolleger i The Surefoot Effect i England, og de trækker på mange års arbejde med Carbon Conversations (Rosemary Randall), The Work that Reconnects (Joanna Macy), og andre resiliens- og fællesskabsorienterede projekter og metoder.

Faciliteringen vil foregå på engelsk, men i gruppearbejder kan vi tale en blanding, hvis nogen har det bedre med at udtrykke sig på dansk.

Det samlede forløb koster 400 kr.

Vi arbejder på at sammensætte et hold af 8 – 12 spændende og indsigtsfulde deltagere, som sammen gennemgår og udvikler sig i forløbet. Pt er der 5 pladser tilbage, så skynd dig!! Er du forhindret i at deltage en enkelt gang, er det ikke afgørende.

 

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Vi – Krista og Frederikke – inviterer til denne serie, og er medværter.
Er du i tvivl om noget, er du meget velkomne til at kontakte os!

Frederikke Oldin 22444852
Krista Klijzing 27824112

Tilmelding er senest 10 december til kklijzing@gmail.com.

TUNAWEZA PERMACULTURE PROJECT

A new Permaculture Project is growing up in Kisumu City in West Kenya.

By Steven Odhiambo

We are the first ones in the city to grow vegetables in containers and recycled cement bags! Our wish is to have a small piece of land, though.

Introduction

Tunaweza is a Swahili word that means “we are able or we can do it“.

We are young people from Kenya living in the city of Kisumu, and due to the experience, knowledge and the need of permaculture, we managed to come up with our own project. We realized that living in the city is not much interesting if someone does not have a good job or any sources of income. We are living in an economy that is too high to match our income. Almost 80 % of the youths and women lack jobs in Kisumu City so their only option is to live from hand to mouth.

During July 2020 we decided to start up a small scale model of a permaculture project, which we refer as city permaculture, to show how to provide simple solutions in sustainable living, better food of high nutrition value, medicinal and economic value, diet diversity, transfer of skills and knowledge, empowerment, educational and learning tools, and also reduction of land degradation.

Our mission is to work with communities and people living under poor conditions and struggle every day to feed themselves and their families. We want to give knowledge, skills, and practice in integrated sustainable agriculture through social interaction and workshops following permaculture design approach and hopefully we all succeed to build up a sustainable life.

History/ background
Before we started Tunaweza Permaculture Project, most of us were in Vijana Wetu Permaculture Project. Since we met with our Danish friends in 2011, we were so much involved in youth´s development programs such as skills and talents, businesses venture and schooling. Three years ago, we got introduced into permaculture work by Tove Bang, friend and founder of Vijana Wetu Youth Project.

Vijana Wetu Permaculture Project members
Tove Bang (Vijana Wetu founder member)

Together we learned about using ecological principles and systems thinking to improve relations between people and the planet through permaculture work and education.

Permaculture ideology caught our attention and most of us realized that it could improve our living standards in the most sustainable way and giving back to the Mother Nature.

We got deeply involved in working with the community through permaculture introduction workshops, soil erosion control and soil building workshops, doing food forest, gardening practice, building home energy conservation ovens through the help of Permaculture tutors Evans Odula and professor Omwoma from Badilisha Permaculture Project in Rusinga Kenya, home solar energy use  from Mkopa solar company, Kenya and also basket weaving.


´Introduction to permaculture´ workshop

Vijana Wetu Permaculture ground work

Vijana Wetu tree- and food forest planting day

In addition, we also identified that as we do our own natural food, we could also learn about natural medicine. We managed to visit one of the experienced experts in our region called Pastor George from REEP Kenya in the village of Kajulu in Kisumu, Kenya. We planned for many trips of learning sessions and also organized a workshop, which became so successful, besides that we also managed to send two of our youths to take a certificate course by ANAMED (Action for Natural Medicine in the tropics).

A visit to Badilisha Permaculture Project
Women engaging in basket weaving project

 

Baskets ready for selling

Through training, facilitation, demonstration gardens, role modeling, and counseling for sustainable living women and youths in rural areas of Asembo have empowered themselves by establishing their own kitchen gardens, made their own energy saving ovens/jiko, installed home solar systems, and making and selling baskets.These ventures have made trained women and youths to be self-reliant and accomplish what they could not have done if they were not involved in permaculture activities.

Tunaweza Permaculture Project – Team members

Our team members of the Tunaweza Permaculture Project are young strong youths, who can still work by their hands. They are skilled and multitalented in different areas.

Zedekiah Abeta (Zedee)

We have Zedee, who is a student in Kisumu polytechnic, studying civil engineering and he has so much knowledge and interest in medicinal plants.

He is head of medicinal plants department in Tunaweza Permaculture Project.

 

Steven Odhiambo

 

We have Steve, who is a travel agent, but now focused to develop Tunaweza Permaculture Project, and he also wants to be a permaculture PDC teacher.

He is curently Tunaweza Permaculture Project operation manager.

 

Victor Ochieng

We then have Vicky Boy, who is a bussines man, hairdresser, actor and a musician. He is incharge of the social welfare and entertainment department in the project.

 

Nancy Wereh

Lately we have Nancy Wereh, who is a business lady and would wish to be a nurse if she gets the oportunity to join a nursing school. She is the woman represantative in the project and now she has started up with her own women group for developments.

To do a difference in the city – it´s a challenge!

It´s quite different to work in the city, and one of the biggest challenges we face currently is that it´s too expensive to own or to rent a parcel of land to really build up a demonstration farm. Recently we had a tough situation to even fence a very small piece of land, which is necessary because of loose cattle and chicken. We were offered the land by the landlady to do our demonstration garden. The problem was due to the fact that there were so many complaints laid down that the land belongs to the Estate Cooperation Society. It was meant for parking, thus the authority to do so from the landlady did not matter. This really disorganized our plans, but that’s not where we opted to get stuck.

Sometimes the biggest obstacles are to take the first steps, and we know that believing in ourselves, that ´we can do it´ as our project name suggests, is our biggest motivation. One of the important things, permaculture has taught us, is to work with the little available resources, and also to find solutions out of our problems. Our simple answer has been to use our own back yard and balcony garden and still make a difference.

Focus

In Tunaweza City Permaculture Project, 1st face, we have decided to promote healthy living by designing a kitchen vegetable garden. This is going to act as a model farm for demonstration to show city dwellers to replicate the same idea.

Our main reason for this 1st face project is to:

-promote healthy eating of natural vegetables, fruits and herbs from one´s own garden. 98 % of the population living in Kisumu are either buying greens from the groceries, supermarkets or open air markets. Most of these products are chemically grown and packed thus leads to so many people eating unhealthy foods which causes health problems.

– cheap and readily available food-kitchen gardens will help city dwellers to save so much money as they get their vegetables easily from their doorstep or balconies.

– clean air circulation around city houses. Cities are full of companies generating much waste products which sometimes are burned in open air thus producing much of air pollution and CO2. This creates unhealthy air circulation in the horizon that leads to health problems, so we want to encourage the city dwellers to do more gardens, because the fact remains that the greener the surrounding the fresher the air.  

– practicing garden will also help the city dwellers to stay grounded to the nature.

– aesthetic matter- plants makes your home more green and beautiful thus makes you feel peaceful  and more relaxed.

Through research we found out that there are those vegetables that are mostly consumed among the city dwellers like kales, spinach, carrots, cucumber, pepper, chili and cabbage, and our wider plan is to grow various varieties of indigenous vegetables too that serves as food and at the same time medicinal plants.

Bellow is the category list that we want to grow:

-Bell peppers    – spinach           -onions              -turmeric      -kales    -tomatoes    -cucumber         -carrots      -chili        -potatoes       -turmeric         -rosemary      -cabbage    -ginger      -broccoli          -water melon –   rue          -thyme   -basil   -chives      -lemon grass   -passion fruit

Layout methods

Container gardening – the practice of growing plants in portable objects like carry bags and pots of different sizes to grow plants.

 

Vertical gardening – maximizing the space by growing plants upwards using support systems like walls, fences, trellis and build structures.

Four main reasons for the two layout methods

– we have limited space.

– our budget is limited, and we can´t afford the budget for much equipments.

– prevent waste, due to the fact that we live in a rented house.

– we can increase accessibility by bringing the plants off the ground for watering, manuring and even harvesting.

Steve, Zedee and Nancy at the land claimed to be a parking space


House verandah space for gardening – before starting up            Backyard

Nursery preparation


Our vegetables a few weeks after transplant


Mulching


Raised beds     

                                                                                                                                 

First harvesting stage


1st face obstacles

Doing city permaculture or urban gardens can be an amazing experience but still there are problems that as a famer you will have to tackle.

– Permits – if your garden is in the city you need permit for tilling the land, putting up a fence or just putting your plant containers in a rented space to avoid problems with the landlords or neighbors.

– Human elements – it’s a good idea to talk to your neighbors before putting up a front yard or backyard garden and don’t assume that they will always be helpful and supportive of the efforts you make .They might be the ones that will first interfere with your project as they allow kids or their animals (chicken) to run into your garden.

– Sun protection – we are so much subjected to sunscald and radiant heat due to plenty concrete floor of the verandah and the big house. When the surfaces heat of through the day then water in the containers dry up so fast thus affecting the plants.

– Contaminated soil – soil in the city is too contaminated and most of the time we have been pricked by needles and also find so much plastic waste.

– Water supply – we realized that our water bill has risen to ksh 3,500 from the normal ksh 1300, and this is too expensive and we wish to use rain water if perhaps we shall install rain water gutters and pipe to a small water tank .

1st face results

For us it is very useful to understand why food gardens succeed, and why it might fail. It means we can be more intelligent about planning and rolling out other similar projects in future.

From the little success we achieve by doing our first face, we would love to encourage people to do city permaculture and to know how to design home gardens, because we have just started to  harvest healthy fresh produce. We believe that a family of four can be fed all-year round of a piece of soil the size of a door, if done right with the right resources.

We have learned that putting a little investment in the right seeds and work process can lead to more yield that can enable us to earn some extra cash if we sell the produce hence we will have a sense of purpose and pride too.

We already started to learn much in gardening skills, composting and soil preparation, as well as the value of eating our own harvest.

In our next face we will love to incorporate much of medicinal plants and mix different varieties of vegetables, as we elaborate the steps of soil building and the use of container and vertical gardening.