Category Archives: Permaculture

Earthships

During our holiday family gathering in New Mexico, we took the opportunity to go visit the Earthship educational center.  We became interested in Earthships after we watched The Garbage Warrior, featuring eco architect Mike Reynolds. Here’s the definition of an … Continue reading

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Experimental Permaculture Garden

Since we’ve moved here I’ve become very interested in sustainable, low-input / low-labor gardening.  Permaculture is just that — low effort, low-input, perennial/sustainable gardening.  Here is a brief description of a permaculture project in Malawi. Danny the gardener and I … Continue reading

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Goodbye Candles, Hello Solar Lamp

You would have thought it was Christmas here yesterday!  Thom gave Bernard and Danny their solar power lamps/cell phone chargers.         They were very surprised and appreciative.  After we went back into the house I looked out … Continue reading

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My first solar power purchase!

Given the numerous power outages here (including a short, 20-minute one today!) I’ve been looking for an economical way to have light in the dark without electricity.  We have a battery operated spotlight, a headlight and an oil lamp (as … Continue reading

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More Hot Water from Compost — Rotating Trash Cans

I’m so fascinated by these compost hot water heaters that I’ve researched them more thoroughly.  Having felt first-hand the effects of such an easy project I wanted to see what others were doing. The best idea I saw (read: the … Continue reading

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Sprinklers

I’m always amazed at Zambians’ ability to turn trash into something we use everyday.  Out on my jog today I ran by this homemade sprinkler.                         Yes, that’s a … Continue reading

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Composting Hot Water Heater

In my quest to learn how to be more self-sufficient without modern power I recently attended Imagine Rural Development Initiative’s workshop on how to create a hot water heater with yard waste.  Danny (our gardener) was keen to go with … Continue reading

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