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

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

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

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

~Many thanks to BurnersWithoutBorders~

Burners Without Borders has been so wonderful in supporting my projects while I’ve been in Africa.  Although the full story was posted here, you can also find a BWB-fitted, slightly different take on the project at: http://blog.burnerswithoutborders.org/?p=581 BWB is “facilitating creative, out of the box solutions that grow community and culture.”  Become a fan on … Continue reading

it’s more like a short story than a blog post… Nsumbi Village Project Nov09-Jan10

I traveled from Botswana to Malawi to attend the 9th International Permaculture Convergence & Conference during November 2009.  Malawi is a tiny country encompassing the southernmost portion of the Great Rift Valley in Africa.  A large portion of its territory is a fresh water lake, which many people depend on for fish and their livelihoods.  … Continue reading

new project! organic gardening with orphans & vulnerable children

Today the lovely miss Lila Pavey escorted Colleen and I to a little village called Mochudi about 30 minutes out of town.  Stepping Stones International has a center where orphans and vulnerable children, ages 12-18, come after school for activities and counseling.  They had an organic garden going awhile ago, but the momentum dropped and … Continue reading

article: permaculturalists respond to haiti

http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010960.html This article is about how permaculture makes a lot of sense in disaster relief situations.  One of the main points of permaculture is that there is no waste, and that the products of one living system can fill the needs of another.  The example given in this article is that sewage waste can be … Continue reading