News from our Dryland Desert Farm in Turkana

Akiro Amana Analaireng, Nakukulas

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2018 and Amana farm @ 8 moths old is off to a cracking start.
This is the hot season however and the wind is fierce and the sun even fiercer – thank goodness for our ground cover species (made up of a hardy assortment of pumpkin, indigenous grasses and sweet potato) that provide some welcome shade for the young roots and shoots below.

Both the Moringa olifera and stenoptela species have been coppiced with their nutritious leaves turned into several KG’s of punchy green powder and the first order for fresh basil has been placed …

It’s not all juicy watermelons and odd shaped courgettes in this part of the world however; water reliability remains a daily concern as do the hordes of hungry caterpillars and a steady slither of venomous carpet vipers who enjoy the peace and serenity of our gardens too (!) not to mention the ongoing challenge of changing local mindsets… this is pastoralist country and anything without 4 legs and a pair of horns has its place in the hierarchy!

Looking ahead we see a number of agri-business and capacity-building opportunities with ongoing trainings, site visits and open days held in conjunction with both public and private institutions. Then there are the 6 volunteering spaces set to open up in April, the addition of a livestock and indigenous grass component to our agroforestry zone and the necessary market connections required to keep this place ticking over in the long run…

Are you interested in volunteering with us on our Dryland Desert Farm in Turkana? Visit our Voluntoursim page for more information and how to apply by clicking on the button below.

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We have had to make a CHANGE OF DATE to the upcoming Permaculture Design Course (PDC) that was meant to take place in July.

The dates are now set to 1st- 12th of September 2017

You can register online today on our website by following this link - https://www.barefootsoulutions.com/permaculture-design-course-1/

Or contact us on barefoot.permaculture@gmail.com

We apologize for any inconveniences. 

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us!

Help us spread the news please! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Permaculture on Sunday !

A fresh, uplifting newspaper is a hard thing to come across in todays world.

But thanks to the team behind Nairobi's freshest Newspaper 'The Sunday' we now have something to look forward to every month! 

Attracted by like-minded good vibes, the Sunday editorial team got in touch and we had the privilege of taking them around our Kangemi Permaculture site ... and this is what they had to say: 

Barefoot in London

Barefoot in London

This month Barefoot was in London celebrating the launch of our first publication 'The Elephant & the Bee' written by one of our team members; Jess de Boer.

Over a period of two weeks we covered the city; hosted by the Kenya High Commission for a celebratory tea and discussion on the growing movement of Agroecology in Africa as well as multiple talks, discussions and interviews in primary & secondary schools, public events and radio interviews... the world is our oyster and the future is ours too!

France Approves Plan To Completely Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

France’s National Assembly just narrowly approved a bill that would ban neonicotinoid pesticides, which are largely criticized for possibly causing the decrease in bee populations. The European Union already limited the use of neonicotinoid chemicals, known as neonics, two years ago after studies showed that the pesticides harmed bees, and now France wants to do away with them completely.