Daimen Hardie

Spice Forest: Lessons In Innovation From Zanzibar

In the spring of 2015 I put out a call for help. Our small team at Community Forests International (Forests Intl.) was starting a new enterprise – a Spice Forest project on Pemba island, Zanzibar – and I knew we couldn’t do it alone. What happened next has taught me a lot about the process of innovation. It has also taught me how much I still don’t know about the […]

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The African Permaculture Movement

Young girl planting mtondo (Calophyllum inophyllum) near her home on Pemba Island, Tanzania. Photo Zach Melanson Some ideas change how we see the world, and then we change the world. I think this is the case for many people who catch the permaculture bug. I have a lot of hope for permaculture. I hope to see the movement continue to grow and mature because I think the basic premise that […]

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A New Permaculture for Pemba Island – Will you help us build it?

Pemban woman planting ‘mtondoo’ (Callophylum innophlum) for bank stabilization (Photo Zach Melanson, 2014) The problem . . . Tanzania’s Zanzibar islands were once a bastion of the global spice trade, an exchange that drove the world’s economy from the Middle Ages into modern times. The region, and mainly the island of Pemba, remain famous for the production of cloves – those aromatic flower buds that look like tiny claw & […]

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How To Build Your Own Portable Microgrid

Daimen Hardie & Sebastian Manchester of www.forestsinternational.org – 7/01/2015 First light – residents of Kokota islet enjoy first night with electric light provided by portable microgrid (Photo: Jeff Schnurr) The problem . . . The rise of renewable energy has to be one of the most inspiring revolutions of our time. It offers hope for transitioning to a low-carbon future – a future in which humanity rises out of the […]

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