Urban Gardening & Water Management (Combined) Weekend Course

Urban Gardening  and Water Combined  Weekend Course (part of the 6 Week Urban PDC)

When: May 13th

Where: Bric a Brac, Karen

Total Cost for combined weekend: 8,000 KSH

Details: Garden practicals: Making beds, urban gardening techniques, plant propagation, companion  planting,  inter-cropping and integrated pest management (IPM).

Participants will go through:

  • Urban design – visible and invisible structure design for the specific challenges in cities and towns
  • Community building strategies and social permaculture
  • Increasing quality of life through permaculture design

 Water management methods, climate adapted strategies, earthworks, food forests

When: May 14th:

Details: Students will understand the principles of permaculture design in earthworks: reading the site, interpreting contour maps and using surveying tools, placing elements in a design. Students will be able to use the basic terminology for earthworks and soil water management.

This unique course offers a look at the beginnings of a regenerative landscaping work through several techniques related to earthworks and food forests.

Lead Facilitator

Helene Maremma, anthropologist, organic farmer and certified permaculture trainer, devoted to sustainable living practices including natural building. She completed her PDC with John Sheffy in 2012 and participated on our Training of Trainers Course in 2014 as well as our Advanced Consultancy Design Course in 2015 with Warren Brush. Helene recently had the opportunity to co-facilitate on courses in Thailand, where she spent 3 months gaining hands on experience as well as co-facilitating on our most recent course in Kilifi. She has also started teaching Introduction to Permaculture courses for us at the Nairobi Arboretum and co-teaching on our longer PDC’s.  She is also trained  in a  Natural Medicine Anamed course with Dr Hans Martin Hirt in Tanzania in April 2015. At present, Helene owns a small scale organic farm in Ngong and has plans to develop a permaculture demonstration site in Kajiado, aiming to create a learning centre,  empowering pastoralists and members in the region. Helene also studied A Nova Floresta in Bahia, Brazil in 2017 to gain a deeper and practical application of designing eco system rehabilitation and establishing sustainable closed loop ecological systems.
Assistant facilitator: Muthoni Hari
Muthoni Hari is an organic farmer from Kinangop who took the first ever seven-weekend PDC offered by PRI in February 2016 and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) course at the Laikipia Permaculture Centre in Nanyuki in November 2016.
She started out with what she could easily accomplish, focusing on the things that did not require “extras” or expense:  “I looked around me and I was up to my ears in stinging nettle, so I stared making stinky biocides. I started intercropping, mulching here and there, making compost and compost teas”.
 Currently, she is at the beginning stages of designing a 50×100 plot that she plans to live and farm on and will be assisting us in this PDC sharing what she has tried and tested, what she has struggled and being overwhelmed with and overall helping to create a great learning environment for the participants.



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