Lesley Byrne

Regenerating Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria, Kenya)

In January, 2013, I wrote an article titled, "Helping Small Farmers Help Themselves on Rusinga Island". In December of 2012, I came to Rusinga Island for the first time under the invitation of PRI Kenya to teach a PDC to women and men subsistence farmers. What emerged out of the PDC was a small group of farmers — sixteen members — organizing themselves and setting up their own association called […]

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Spiral Ridge Permaculture – Homesteading Permaculture Pioneers

On a mountain ridge in Tennessee, one and half hours south of Nashville, Cliff Davis and his wife Jen, and their three children are living in a two room Amish cabin. Half of their porch is made with bamboo trellises that are covered with kiwi vines for shade, privacy and food. With the exception of some solar panels for charging their cell phones and laptops, one feels catapulted back into […]

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Helping Small Farmers Help Themselves, on Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya

Fishing boats on Rasinga Island, Kenya I was invited by PRI Kenya to teach a special PDC course in December 2012, tailored to small rural farmers — 50% women, 50% men — on Rusinga Island, Kenya. The entire course was taught in English and Luo, the native language on Rusinga. One of the biggest challenges was to keep it simple and still adhere to the most essential elements of permaculture […]

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