Permaculture Program – PP
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.
Under this program, 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 – Care of the Earth, Care of People, and Setting Limits to Population and Consumption.
KaGPWD permaculture trans formative 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 person with disabilities basics in permaculture. Before this, we were only planting eucalyptus trees on our six acres of land and thinking that we are conserving nature while the 50% of the land was underutilized and soil erosion was taking a path. We realized we were not regenerating the environment and we quickly adopted the permaculture farming strategy.
On our 6 acres of land, we have established a food forestry, permaculture gardens and an irrigation system that is enabling us to produce organic foods in all seasons throughout the year. We also operate a skill training and demonstration centers and we have scaled down permaculture to primary schools so that young people can learn how to work with nature while producing the needed nutritious foods. We want to empower persons with disabilities and show the community that disability is not inability.
We are directly contributing to the SDG Number 13: Climate Action, SDG Number 2: Zero Hunger and SDG Number 1: No Poverty.
Permaculture in Schools and Villages through Hands-on Training Project (PS-VHT).
Project purpose: To influence Schools to teach Permaculture skills to young individuals and empower village groups to practice permaculture for environmental conservation and increased nutritious food production in Schools and at household levels.
Project Summary: This project is aiming at influencing Schools to teach permaculture skills to children and youth in Primary and Secondary schools so that young people can be molded to be Uganda’s next generation of transformation leaders in environmental regeneration, sustainable farming practices, and champions of a better feeding culture.
- Student to student teaching of permaculture skills, healthy feeding, and self-confidence.
- School permaculture plot gardens and permaculture School clubs.
- Training village groups, on firm mentoring, village demonstration plots and compost manure.
- Farmer to farmer pieces of training and use of irrigation systems.
- Environmental regeneration campaign, sensitization and tree planting.
- Social, economic and enterprise opportunities through permaculture and co-existing with nature.