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Here’s why our permaculture project was a great success….

August 21, 2013

La Chica is thrilled that the Longido permaculture project did so well, so she’s sharing her findings and has attached some photos!

The permaculture and bio-intensive agricultural technology training was provided to a total of 120 participants in Longido. A main demonstration plot was established, encompassing compost preparation based on cow dung, a keyhole garden, sack gardens, double dug beds, swales and terraces, rainwater harvesting using a hafir (plastic lined household dam), drip irrigation and planting of trees including guava, papaya, banana and avocado fruit trees, moringa and neem trees. Vegetables grown and harvested include kale, spinach, chinese cabbage and night shade, corn, beans, lemon grass, vine potatoes, sweet potatoes, and also passion and sunflowers. A chicken coop has been constructed, chickens introduced and fencing surrounds the entire plot. Three secondary demonstration plots were established in the village within existing households, each comprising a keyhole garden, sack garden and double dug beds – these were used for demonstration plots in their respective geographic areas.

Six farmer groups were set up, training an average of 18 women and two men per group. Men have not been excluded from project participation, as this would have resulted in men not allowing the project. Apart from one single man, and an older man who stood in for his wife, the other men in the project were husbands of women in the same groups, working as teams on their home plots.

Of the 120 Masai people trained, there were 108 or 90% women, and 12 or 10% men.  From the total number of trainees, 90% have planted vegetables; 85% have harvested and eaten their homegrown vegetables; 57% have sold their produce. 96 people or 80% have prepared 186 double dug beds between them; while 32 people or 27% have constructed 35 keyhole gardens and 28 people, or 23% their own sack gardens. One of the women became an assistant trainer to one of the groups, and within two months she had sold over 100,000TZS (A$70) worth of vegetables – an outstanding amount when considering that most of these women live on approximately $1 a day. She also gave vegetables away to her church group. 

La Chica and El Chico are looking forward to continuing this amazing permaculture training in two more Masai villages in the coming months!

 

La Chica with a sack garden growing kale.

La Chica with a sack garden growing kale.

 

La Chica with one of her favourite fruit vines - passion!

La Chica with one of her favourite fruit vines – passion!

 

A group harvest of night shade.

A group harvest of night shade.

 

Wife and husband team working on their household permaculture plot.

Wife and husband team working on their household permaculture plot.

 

La Chica and Sarah amongst the corn on Testigo's demonstration plot.

La Chica and Sarah amongst the corn on Testigo’s demonstration plot.

 

Healthy organic produce - Chinese cabbage.

Healthy organic produce – Chinese cabbage.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Peter and Robyn Straw permalink

    Wonderful to see all the good work, Enjoy and keep it up From Australia Peter and Robyn

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