Arusha Project

July 6, 2007, 1:10 pm
Filed under: Abroad Program, Permaculture, Uncategorized

Earlier this month, setting up the Arusha permaculture project was a bit challenging and took more time than anticipated just find a suitable plot of land and actually sign a contract. As I’ve said before, everything moves slowly here, and business deals are no exception. The plot adjacent to the back of our house that Jenn initially scoped out was perfect and at first the “owners” seemed willing to let us lease it. But, as it turns out, they weren’t the real owners. The actual owners had other aspirations of eventually building on the land, especially since there have been quite a few foreigners that have recently moved into this neighborhood, making the area much more desirable.



After looking at a few more options, Jenn finally found another plot just around the corner right outside the house of our most trusted maitron. Besides some already planted corn and overgrown weeds, the land is perfect and Valerie has since then successfully signed a land contract for one year with the potential to extend another two years.


In the last three weeks, the volunteers have double dug three large beds with local compost (we are in the process of setting up our own composting site, but we will need some time for our food waste to compost thoroughly) and put in place around 12 fence polls that will hold a 6th tall chicken wire fence to keep the children and the chickens off of the cultivated land.





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