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We did a little more shopping yesterday, we got some canvas fabric and will be asking (with the sewing machine of course) to make reusable grocery bags. Plastic waste is an issue in a lot of the world, but here it is a major problem


We have some waste pickup and recycling but it is spotty, a limited amount of organic waste is processed, but in the village waste processing is non existent. The hope with these bags is, just like at home, to reduce the amount of plastic brought back to the village in the first place


We will only get water from returnable 5 gallon water dispensers, or on sight filters (more on that soon). Cutting plastic bags and bottles out of the equation, will go a long way to reducing waste


We also made a trip out to visit a girl who is supported in part by our friend and her fundraising who was born with HIV. Her father is already practicing some permaculture techniques by intuition alone, including diversion ditches and swales (ditches on contour)


And lastly we stopped at a few plant nurseries to see what was available to buy. One promising plant is a tree (Calliandia colothyrsus) which can be planted close together, to form a living fence, can be pollarded, fixes nitrogen and can be fed as a fodder to ruminants


It’s already integrated into version 2 of a plot design. Other plant in the design include lemon grass, passion fruit, banana, jackfruit, coconut, citrus, papaya, legumes, taro and ginger. All plantings will be triangle spaced, as much as possible to save space, and planted on contour to prevent erosion


A new technique to be taught in the village is a version of pit farming, where a 1m pit or dish is dug, soil banked around the hole, bananas or papaya are planted in the mound around the pit, and massive amounts of biomass is added to the pit, serving as an in place compost which the trees can feed off of


We’re still planning, but better to make mistakes on paper rather than in the field


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