Come learn about what organic really means and why we need to go beyond organic for sustainable food and nutrition security. Over the course of the day you will learn about plants needs, yields and characteristic and how plants are affected by climate, microclimate, and the seasons. Participants will also practically learn how to prepare garden beds with a particular emphasis on creating a crop rotation system. This series has been designed for those with a fear of commitment, so if you haven’t attended the first two sessions – don’t worry!

ABOUT PERMACULTURE FOOD GARDENS

An abundance of diverse foods are grown in a way that mimics the relationships observed in natural ecosystems. This means that the soil fertility is always enriched without need for chemical fertilizers, healthy plants grow in a balanced ecosystem where chemical pesticides are not necessary and there are no negative effects on the environment or the people that consume the produce. We benefit from working with nature and not against it, all the while conserving natural resources, water, money and a lot of time!

ABOUT THE WEEKEND SERIES

This series has been designed so that you may attend all 6 days, just a few days, or even just one! It is intended for experienced gardeners as well as those who are just getting started. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practicals that will enable participants to return to their gardens and implement the principles and techniques learnt as soon as possible.

FEBRUARY 26th : THE NATURE OF PLANS, ORGANIC GROWING AND CROP ROTATION

  • what does ‘organic’ mean and why we go beyond organics
  • plants: knowing their needs, yields and characteristics
  • climate, micro-climate and seasons: how they affect successful growing
  • crop rotation systems and soil pH
  • preparing garden beds for the different needs in a rotation system

TIMES

All sessions will start promptly at 8:30am and end at 4pm

LANGUAGE

Sessions will be conducted in English, with Chichewa translations for clarifications

COSTS

Listed below in US$ (payable in MK at bank rate of exchange at time of payment)

  • US$ 35 per session, includes a healthy lunch and two tea breaks with nutritious snack