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

to desert moonscapes, the skeleton coast, and back.

This trip was about visiting our friend Joseph, who Ty and I met in Harare, Zimbabwe last October during a permaculture design course.  Joseph is from the San bushmen, lives in Namibia, and works with people in his communities to create food gardens in the Khalahari Desert. Ty and I sat on the front stoop … 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

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

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

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