Three Day Composting Intensive Certification Course in Laikipia
(in partnership with Laikipia Permaculture Centre)
When: February 16th-18th
Where: Laikipia Permaculture Centre in Laikipia
Cost: 22,500 KSH
Details: The Composting Certificate program provides participants with more extensive in depth compost techniques
on soil building and biology. Experts from LPC will be teaching this course and most sessions will be outdoors. This training is set at PRI Kenya’s partner demo site. Laikipia Permaculture Centre and will run for three days giving participants a worthwhile experience learning, sharing and connecting.
- biology of composting, turning scrap to compost
- the small-scale composting process
- how to use finished compost
- building compost bins
- how to design and build on-site compost systems
- techniques for teaching others about composting
This course is open to ANYONE! The prerequisites are an enthusiasm for acquiring and sharing knowledge about composting and the interest and time to participate. Composters are valued volunteers trained to educate the public and stimulate enthusiasm for home and community composting on a small or large scale which is very much needed!
Participants will arrive on 15th evening and leave on the 19th morning. We will send a welcome pack out very soon once you register below.
LPC has already run two very successful Master Composting courses with renowned facilitator Peter Ash and now we look forward to organizing a local workshop geared toward building on to our specialized East African Trainer troupe.
ABOUT THE TRAINER & SITES
Joseph Lentunyoi is a certified Permaculture Designer and Consultant. Joseph is the co-founder of PRI-Kenya, the first organization in Kenya dedicated solely to Permaculture education, projects and research. Joseph took his PDC with Geoff Lawton and his teacher training with Geoff in Australia during a three month internship. He has later completed another Teacher Training and Advanced Consultancy Training with Warren Brush in Kenya, run in partnership with PRI-Kenya.
He has taught permaculture in Africa, in Kenya, Tanzania and Somaliland for a wide range of audiences, from school children to professionals in the field and has worked with small and large NGO’s as well as businesses such as eco-lodges as a professional permaculture design consultant. Joseph has a wealth of knowledge about Earthworks resiliency work. His courses are truly dynamic, showcasing some exceptional practical work at his site, Laikipia Permaculture Centre (LPC) in Laikipia and transforming his community through permaculture which has been a long time dream of his. LPC was founded in 2012 on a degraded piece of land donated by Joseph’s father. In 2013 Joseph started working with women’s groups in the area who were growing Aloe Secundiflora and who were facing challenges with pest control, at the same time LUSH cosmetics in the UK, PRI-Kenya partner, was showing an interest in the aloe for their line of cosmetics. This started the partnership between LPC, PRI-Kenya and LUSH on the Laikipia Permaculture Project.
Anton Nyogos – LPC Farm Manager
Anton Nyogos has worked with LPC for two years as their farm Manager. He holds a diploma in organic agriculture from Rural Community in Development (RUCID). He took his PDC 2015 at LPC itself in partnership with PRI-Kenya. He also completed a Master Composting Course, an industrial training at Kabanyolo, Uganda and and an IPM Course. He took a three month exchange program with KIOF. He now assists in teaching PDC’s and trainings in Laikipia.
Laikipia Permaculture Project (LPP)
You will have the opportunity to visit The Laikipia Permaculture Project which is being developed along the same model as the other projects part of the Permaculture & Regenerative Enterprise Programme, though at the same time designed with its very specific context in mind. The project works with four women’s groups, one of which is an umbrella group for six women’s groups, with a total of 227 women. The women are Maasai and traditionally pastoralists, hence there is not really any indigenous farming knowledge. Climate change, severe environmental degradation and change of land available for grazing has however pushed the Maasai to find alternative livelihoods. The area where we work is a drylands, receiving very little rain and overgrazing and charcoal burning has led to severe degradation resulting in huge gullies and soil erosion. A majority of the women we work with walk between 10-20 km to the nearest market to buy food and eat only a few proper meals per week.
The women’s groups have communal farms where they grow the Aloe Secundiflora, PRI-Kenya works with LPC to help the women improve and diversify their production through permaculture techniques with the aim of providing both food crops as well as crops suitable for organic soap production, such as Moringa Oleifeira, which makes an excellent oil, and lemongrass, which makes a wonderful essential oil. All of the crops integrated have several functions, such as nitrogen fixing, soil erosion control etc. Our aim is to see each women’s group set up as a small enterprise producing Aloe Secundiflora leaves for LUSH UK, organic, handmade soaps and other products such as honey for the Kenyan and East African market and fresh organic vegetables for their local community.
A key part of the project is also the development of Laikipia Permaculture Centre as a central education, demonstration and processing site.