“What tends to happen is your syntax collapses… All of a sudden, you are mumbling. It often works. I created a new language which we now call Fedspeak. Unless you are expert at it, you can’t tell that I didn’t say anything.”
– Alan Greenspan (Chairman of the Federal Reserve 1987-2006).
We live in a world where one third of all food is wasted, where industrial agriculture accounts for the lion’s share of carbon emissions, and where the genetic diversity of the whole food chain is in free-fall, all presided over by an international regime of biopiracy headed by multinational corporations like Monsanto. But not everyone is taking it sitting down.
The Guardians of the Seeds are the alternative, and in their struggles and celebrations they prefigure a different way of life. As over a thousand people streamed into the small town of Monte Carmelo on the morning of October 29, this vision comes to life. People from around the country bring their seeds to trade, to discuss, to learn and compare. Small children run through the crowds, as eager to trade for a new kind of seed as children in the cities to buy a new plastic toy.
[ed: Clive’s community on Bougainville will soon be a Direct Sponsor project, and our priority is to sort out their internet problems so that they can communicate with the world better]
‘Inside Bougainville’ is a new film by local filmmaker Clive Porabou founder of Eel films. It follows on from his previous films bringing voices and culture from Bougainville to the world intertwined with the ongoing issues of mining and independence with reconciliation and custom. The objective of this funding campaign is to support Eel films toward finishing and touring the film.
It was a great milestone as the long awaited launch of the direct sponsorship project in Rusinga Island of Kenya. The event was marked by presentation of the recipients’ farm designs. It was basically crowning the training on the design methodologies and putting the design principles and techniques they have acquired from the weekly training. The twelve DS project recipients have embarked on major work in their farms. Continue reading “Project Officially Launched.”→
My name is Solomon Owiti osingla ,I am a beneficiary of badilisha direct sponsorship program. We have been enjoying our trainings a lot at badilisha and in every meetings , we have been undergoing how to use the accounts and updates about the setting up of the project.
We also learnt about the permaculture ethics and principles which includes care of the earth, care of the people and share of surplus .the most I important lesson was earthworks that include s ,making of Swales ,using grey waters to make banana circles .and as a whole we hope that all the worlds problems can be solved on the garden, and our project direct spornsorship had started to draw aroadmap.
I have gathered a lot of valuable information about farm planning,about use of water,soil management, landscape and I see that since i started to learn permaculture, a lot has changed in my farm. i have learnt about compost making , keeping soil healthy, use of intrinsic characteristics of small and big animals in the farm to have positive output. I have seen also how to have a good mix of plants to control pests, how to use a combination of cover crops and shade plants to conserve water and soil erosion. Continue reading “A Brighter Future”→
My name is Nashon Manyattta .I am a beneficiary of badilisha direct sponsorship project .i have been attending and enjoying the trainings at badilisha a lot.THe benefits of this trainings can be seen in my farm .
THere are so many things I didn’t know are working well despite being a farmer for many years now .in the past I used to work without any plan, but today I can plan. How to plan , how to plant a mixed garden .i have also learnt how to maintain a healthy soil , I have also learnt how to make Swales. In the farm , how to grow crops without chemicals , how to make soil fertile , I have also learnt about water management and the most important one is how to prevent. Pest from plants a d how to control soil erosions and floods. Continue reading “It’s All in the Planning”→
I have been practicing farming for Quite sometime now and for sure I have realized that I have been missing something Precious and valuable .When I first heard of permaculture and it’s ethical principles, I definitely knew I was headed for Abright future especially with my farming venture.