It’s with a heavy heart that the staff at Kusamala said goodbye to Carol Mgala and Macoco Mwale last month.

A photo from our goodbye lunch for Carol and Macoco

Carol has been an essential part of the Centre’s food and nutrition team since its inception in 2009. She has played an integral role in the success and prolific growth of the Memo Demonstration Garden and Food Forest. Her love of chayote squash and air potatoes expanded the diversity and yumminess of our staff lunches and her laugh brightened everyone’s day. As a resident of the Centre with her husband, Eston, and son, Kelvin, Carol brought an uplifting presence and vast knowledge of local species and growing conditions to our demonstrations.

Macoco has been with the market garden team for over a year. He has been an important member of our staff, impressing everyone with his agricultural knowledge as well as his compassion. Macoco provided a strong, positive influence at the Centre, serving as an mentor and teacher to the other members of our team. His warm smile, respect for all, and strong work ethic made him a role model for others and an irreplaceable presence in the garden.

Carol is leaving the Centre to pursue her studies in nutrition while Macoco will be officially retiring. Macoco, Carol, and Kelvin will be sorely missed and we wish them the best of luck.

While goodbyes are sad, they also offer the opportunity of welcoming new faces to our family. This month we are happy to have Rhoda Godfrey and Joseph Kachere  joining our team at the Centre. Rhoda will be joining our food and nutrition team while Joseph is the newest member of the market garden team. Both Rhoda and Joseph come to us from the nearby communities of Landscape and Kaoma, respectively.

Please join us in welcoming them to our permaculture team!