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

News from Sowetan, South African newspaper

Yesterday I was at the University of Botswana for a site visit.  I am working with a landscape architecture firm to design a new Central Campus Plaza at UB.  On site, we stepped into a container office to inquire on the whereabouts of Busi.  As her colleague searched for her cell number to call her, I picked up a copy … 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

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

afternoon conversations under a green leafed canopy on a humid summer’s day in malawi

Parables of Malawian people are carved into the massive wooden doors that open onto the stone patio at June Walkers home.  We sit in chairs at a table across from a chorus of mixed plants in various sized pots gathering around the midsection of a tree.  We sit elevated, as if on a platform in … Continue reading

Researching Medicinal Plants in Botswana

Recently I visited the lab of a researcher at University of Botswana whose aim is to find plants that can be used to treat illnesses among humans and animals.  He showed me three different labs.  The first had small glass bottles with dark orange dried plant material in a thin film around the bottles.  He … Continue reading

Women’s Health in Southern Africa

A reality of southern Africa is the high rate of HIV/AIDS infections among the regional population. Swaziland and Botswana are the two countries with the highest (in the world) rates of HIV among their populations. Interestingly, many women are also showing up with cervical cancer. During the recent National Hiv/Aids, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Other … Continue reading

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

cassia abbreviata may help people with hiv

I learned today of a plant- cassia abbreviata- that is thought to decrease viral loads for people with hiv. Basically, there is only anecdotal evidence, but researchers met with a traditional healer in Botswana, and they tested the plant, and the results show that it decreases the amount of the virus in a person’s body. … Continue reading

just another day…

This morning, as I was driving out the dirt road towards Rurestse to Green Gem nursery, I passed by a truck full of workers in blue jackets.  This is a regular sight.  It’s a crew of workers hitching a ride out to someone’s farm or construction site to work for the day, wearing the blue … Continue reading