Permaculture and Agroecology
Permaculture: Permanent agriculture that seeks to replicate nature in a food-producing farm, so people are better cared for by having varied of foods, the planet or the environment in an area becomes healthier, respected and peaceful – by reducing chemical usage, garbage and returning valuable nutrients and water to the soil, and to have enough left to sell for a profit.
We are guided by the three permaculture ethics: People Care, Fair Share and Earth Care. We are also aware of the original ethics, outlined by Bill Mollison, along the lines of: Care of the Earth, Care of People, and Setting Limits to Population and Consumption.
The KaGPWD permaculture transformative movement started in 2016, when we received funding from the Sustainable Lush Fund within the Lush Hand Cosmetic Limited. Jo Bridger at the time who was the Coordinator connected us and brought permaculture consultant, Coleb Omolo to our group to train people with disabilities basics in permaculture design. Before this, we were only planting eucalyptus trees on our six acres of land and thinking that we are conserving nature while 50% of the land was unutilized and soil erosion was taking a path.
We empower families with skills in vegetable growing that is organic and permanent, we provide quality vegetable seeds, environmentally friendly tree seedlings, farming tools, small-scale irrigation support, and farmers’ one on one on-site mentoring.
On our organizational 6 acres land, we have established food forestry, a greenhouse, permaculture gardens, and an irrigation system that is enabling us to produce organic foods in all seasons throughout the year. This works as our training demonstration Centre to the community and an exposure learning space. This intervention has now been scaled down to schools so that young people can learn how to work with nature while producing the needed nutritious foods.
Hunger, drought are the number one causes of food shortage in developing countries, and it has caused more deaths in the past 100 years than any other natural disaster. We help families to overcome this problem.
Additionally: Nutrition, according to the – CRC Article 24 – nutrition is the cornerstone of a child’s cognitive and physical development. Proper nutrition among low-income households can only be achieved when the family produces its own food increases income, narrows expenditures, and co-exists with the planet.
Our work is Contributing to the following Global Sustainable Goals.