permaculture demonstration site

Your Channel for Urban Farming

By: Arjun Vidyarthi - The Urban Farmer

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Over the past 4 months it’s been an absolute privilege to share my videos on The Urban Farmer  Facebook page and see the reaction it has caused in Kenya. Our videos have been watched by over 115,000 people and been shared just under 500 times. That’s more than I expected when we launched the show, which is fantastic.

The Urban Farmer page was initially set up to document what I was getting up to in my home shamba, and to see it become this channel where people from all over the country are watching and learning from it, is something that I could never have imagined. 

Over the past 14 weeks, we have met some amazing people, doing fantastic things in Kenya; and I myself have learnt so much whilst filming them. Things like Seedballs (who have gone viral, with their video being watched millions and millions of times), making a proper compost pit, making a wormery, learning about bees, permaculture and so much more. 

With season 1 complete, I want to assure the viewers that this isn’t the end. We will have a lot more content on our page cover all things agriculture, so make sure you keep checking.

To conclude, I must give a few votes of thanks.

Firstly to my team at Rai Productions. Thank you for all the hard work that you have put in over the years. Moses, Elvis, Dennis and Geeta; you have all be instrumental in getting the show here and we will continue on this journey together. 

Secondly to the team at Organix Limited. Our Sponsors. Thanks for believing in us at The Urban Farmer and for coming on board before we had officially launched. Aasit, Hema, Dipti and the team work super hard to spread their philosophies about being Organic and their products really do work wonders. 

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And finally, A huge thanks must go to the Barefoot Soulutions team, Ivan, Sven and Jess. Its thanks to you that over 115,000 people have had the chance to see how simple it is to grow vegetables at home organically, and to show them that being self-sustainable isn’t as hard as it seems. 

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Together I hope that we can continue to Educate, Empower and make this world a better place, one plant at a time.

Make sure you keep checking our Facebook and Youtube pages, to find out when The Urban Farmers Turkana Expedition will launch.

Asante Sana. 

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Permaculture Demonstration Site Success

Permaculture Demo Site

Permaculture Demo Site

Coming up to a year ago we formed a beautiful partnership with Distant Relatives Eco Lodge in Kilifi. We not only wanted to facilitate and host our Permaculture Design Courses (PDC) at this vibrant location, but we also wanted to provide a flourishing demonstration site that would yield a productive landscape for the DR community and guests. Today we proudly want to share with you the success we have had on the DR Demo site.

Permaculture Demo Site

Permaculture Demo Site

When we started, the Distant Realtives site was sandy and the soils were unproductive. The site had issues with water catchment and was in need of better ecological management. So, we set out on the journey to turn this site into a Permaculture haven.

Through the principles of Permaculture we have started regenerating the landscape, harmonising different key elements of our system to enhance soil regeneration, flow of nutrients & energy improving the ecological balance.

Barefoot Soulutions Permaculture Design Demonstration Site

Barefoot Soulutions Permaculture Design Demonstration Site

We started by looking at food waste and developing a continuous composting site to enrich the soils. We did water harvesting through landscaping, built up the soils through mulching which covers the ground and puts organic matter back into the soil. We set up a wormery to implement the vermiculture process of using worms to decompose organic food waste, turning the waste into a nutrient-rich material capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain plant growth. We could then start planting seedlings to raise a tree nursery and nurturing a food forest.

The biggest accomplishment today however is the waste water system we set up from the kitchen. Every year Kilifi suffers from a terrible drought. When the rains do come the water catchment from the roofs help, but the ability to re-use the kitchen grey water is what has saved this site.

Learn to live in abundance! If you have enjoyed reading about the success on this site, if you are interested in creating your own Permaculture site/ garden, want to get involved in this movement and learn more, please join us for the next September Permaculture Design Course. On this course you will learn all about Permaculture principles and practical skills needed to start your own site like this!

Barefoot Soulutions Demo Site at Distant Relatives Eco Lodge

Barefoot Soulutions Demo Site at Distant Relatives Eco Lodge