Celebrating 2 Years of the Green Drive at Maru a Pula School

This week we had a two day celebration to commemorate the two years of work done at the school in the way of environmental initiatives.  The atmosphere was lively, with DJs spinning South African house music, a raffle for eco-friendly prizes, and face painting.  There were booths set up by eco-friendly businesses and organizations from … Continue reading

Planting Seeds for an Outreach Garden

Monday’s permaculture group plants seeds to grow seedlings for the garden at the Botswana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  The young man seated in the photo is schooling the others on countries like North Korea and Macedonia.  These kids know what’s up in the world.  Some ears perked up when I mentioned I … Continue reading

Summer Gardens at Maru a Pula

The organic vegetable and herb garden is alive and well at Maru a Pula School.  Term 3 has begun, and the Monday and Thursday groups have some healthy competition going on to see who grows the best garden in 8 weeks.  My suspicion is the winning group will come down to those who water, given … Continue reading

stepping stones gardeners

I begin the drive to Mochudi- the first sizable village north of Gaborone- my baakie laden with wooden pallets to construct a compost bin, empty glass bottles, a box of seeds, and bags of elephant dung from Mokolodi Game Reserve.  The sun shines strongly in the wintertime and I feel it baking my skin as … Continue reading

Words from Ernest Hemingway

Excerpt from The Green Hills of Africa, which must include one of the longest sentences in literary history: If you serve time for society, democracy, and the other things quite young, and declining any further enlistment make yourself responsible only to yourself, you exchange the pleasant, comforting stench of comrades for something you can never … Continue reading

Permaculture Research Institute Australia

Link to the PRI’s website about the Nsumbi project.  Old news, new link. http://permaculture.org.au/author/Prentiss%20Darden/ *photo unrelated to post, just bringing in some color*

thanks to david frierman!

Big thanks to David Frierman for a donation he made to the Stepping Stones permaculture garden.  David is trained and practices as a Chinese Medical Doctor.  I met him while volunteering in the acupuncture clinic at Outside In (clinic and social services organization for homeless youth) in Portland, Oregon.  He is an entertaining, intelligent, and … Continue reading

exploring namibia: joseph and the san bushmen

*photos credited to ty burns* I have just returned from a 25 day road trip with a good friend, Ty Burns, into the wilds of Namibia.  The impetus of the trip was to visit our friend Joseph who we met at a Permaculture Design Course last October in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Joseph is from the San … Continue reading

Burners Without Borders Supports Stepping Stones Garden

BWB is funding the garden program at Stepping Stones in Mochudi, Botswana to the tune of $500.  Five hundred bucks may not seem like a lot, but for an organization such as Stepping Stones that has quite a tight budget, it makes all the difference between a sparse permaculture garden and a jam up- will … Continue reading

Stepping Stones Edible Garden

As I mentioned in a previous post, Stepping Stones is a great organization in Botswana that has an after school program for youth in a village outside of town. Most of the kids who attend are orphans and vulnerable children. Stepping Stones offers tutoring, drama, and business development, among other activities. They put on a … Continue reading