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day 3 rwanda pdc

Posted by andy macey about 11 years ago

up to day 3 of the Rwanda PDC.....water strategies and small intensive sysytems

Ricks update below Just about sums up day 1.....
I really enjoyed giving a lesson on small intensive systems, most villagers only have a very small plot to work with and an extra intensive kitchen garden is what is required!!

Day three.

Dealing with the effects of climate change. The wet season comes, you plant, the wet season finishes, you harvest.

The system has worked well for generations. Now the rain is inconsistent.

No skill sets for storage and irrigation have evolved as there was never a need.

Developing strategies to hold water in the soil,to direct water to key plants and to capture water off hard surfaces will increase the resilience of Rwandan cropping systems.
Strategies taught were terracing,swales,net and pan systems,stone walls boomerangs, banana circles,logs across the slope,swenches,roadside diversion and wicking beds and pottery gardens for the freedraining areas.

The class then set about implementing most of these techniques on a difficult slope. Unbelievable work speed. Slope completed in one afternoon.
Still have to do a bit of tidying up as the Mayor is coming to visit at lunchtime tomorrow. We've finally sussed out the photo problems so be patient.

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Permaculture Design Certificate
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Rick Coleman
Other Teachers: Naomi Coleman, Kat Lavers
Location: Southern Cross Permaculture Institute
Date: Mar 2011
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PDC teacher training
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna farm
Date: Nov 2011
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advanced permaculture principles and reading the landscape
Type: Other
Teacher: david holmgren
Location: melliodora farm
Date: Nov 2011
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design skills and APT flow
Type: Permaculture Diploma
Teacher: Robyn Francis
Location: djanbung gardens: permaculture college australia
Date: Jan 2012
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