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Pemba Permaculture Begins . . .

by Daimen Hardie on December 14, 2015

Farmers, community leaders, and Community Forest Pemba staff participating in the island's first ever Permaculture training.

 

A special week-long training began at the Rural Innovation Campus in Pemba today – culmination of our recent Pemba Permaculture crowd funding campaign.  Thanks so much to everyone who supported!

Farmers and community leaders from across the island have gathered to learn from expert instructor Joseph Ntunyoi of the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya.  We hope this is the first of many exchanges on campus as we strive to provide a platform for rural communities to share promising ideas and technologies peer-to-peer.

CFP Officer Manager and Permaculture student, Maryam, shares Rural Innovation Campus demonstration plot - Pemba, Tanzania

 

Over the next 5 days, students will explore topics including ecological design, organic soil management, seed saving, and earthworks - techniques for restoring the environment and growing food in abundance at the same time.

The Rural Innovation Campus provides an ideal setting as several of these techniques are already in practice onsite, and our guest Joseph is in many ways the ideal facilitator.   A native Swahili speaker with a depth of both traditional knowledge and dry-lands Permaculture experience, Joseph is above all else a passionate and gifted teacher.  He already has the students well engaged, drawing out their innate understanding and experiences while challenging them to view problems through an entirely new lens – a Permaculture lens. 

Instructor Joseph Ntunyoi introduces the underlying principles and ethics of Permaculture design - Rural Innovation Campus, Pemba

 

Stay tuned as we share highlights from the training over the coming week.  Spolier Alert: Tomorrow our group will tackle design basics, and their study project is a very special plot of land . . .

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