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Posted by elin lindhagen duby about 9 years ago
After the PDC with Warren Brush at Badilisha in March 2011 I continued work with Evans Odula on making a permaculture design at Badilisha a reality. The vision is for a place of learning, promoting permaculture and traditional knowledge, a meeting place for the local community and international visitors to learn and draw inspiration from nature. Drawing from the five different designs produced by the course we drew up a design aiming at incoroporating the following elements:
An office and resource centre with an inspirational library, computers for community to access and a seed bank.
An education hall and resource room to be used for trainings and workshops. The current iron sheet (mabati) structure to be converted into a traditional mud building style, though keeping the iron sheet roofing to facilitate rainwater catchment. The iron sheets for the walls are planned to be used for the roofing of the new guest houses and guest kitchen.
A nursery for seedlings under the shade of indigenous trees.
A tool shed
A shop to sell produce from Badilisha and seeds from the seed garden
A kitchen for preparing food for workshops and the school feeding programme. The kitchen features several simple, fuel efficient rocket stoves made from clay, sand, cow dung and banana stalks and an outdoor clay oven.
Pit latrines converted into compost toilets with a humanure compost pile to feed the trees in the food forest.
Rabbit, chicken and quail houses, built just above the pond to feed nutrients into the acquaculture system.
Meditation tree and circle with cob seat, surrounded by flowers and aloe vera.
Two guest huts, guest kitchen and campsite, built in local Luo style with mud and cow dung. Roofs made of iron sheets for rainwater harvesting.
Water harvesting system including;
A food forest with the following species:
Fruit trees: Avocado, papaya,mango, lemon, banana
Nitrogen fixers: leucena, acacia,cow-pea, desmodium
Ground covers: sweet potatoes, cow pea and desmodium
Shrub layer: cassava and artemisia
Medicinal: neem, artemisia and moringa
Mulch plant: vetiver
A 9m diameter Mandala Garden for vegetables and herbs including
A medicinal herb garden for demonstration and education with the following species:
An indigenous food crops garden, serving also as a demonstration and education plot for the community and linked to workshops on the value of indigenous food crops,planting, harvesting and processing. The indigenous food crop area would include for example:
At the bottom of the land we have planned a zone 5 of wilderness with a variety of indigenous trees, wild flowers, bees and bee hives. We have listed the following trees for this area, all local trees that used to cover the hills of Rusinga before deforestation hit:
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|Permaculture Design Course|
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Verifying teacher: Matt Dunwell|
|Other Teachers: John Wilson, [email protected]|
|Location: Ragmans Lane Farm, UK|
|Date: Sep 2009|
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