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Kusamala events and news updates for August 2014. 
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December 2014
Expand   ~   Develop   ~ Celebrate

Expand our livestock demonstration. Con-struction of our new livestock house is complete. The multi-level structure features bamboo and pine construction for durability and breathability. The upper level unit will house a new group of chickens, while the lower unit will house our growing rabbit demonstration (3 baby rabbits were born in October).
The chickens will access their penthouse abode via a sturdy wooden ladder while the rabbits will have considerably more room to scramble and hop around than they currently have in their temporary home. Finally, the bottom layer will house our vermicompost, or worms. Between layers, manure will be collected from "trays" made of bamboo frames wrapped in recycled nylon seed bags. The manure is used as organic fertiliser in the residential garden. 

 

Develop more robust training materials. With help from a new volunteer who brings extensive experience in education and curriculum design, Kusamala will be developing new training resources. The training materials will cover a variety of permaculture and agroecology design principles and practices, and will support the work we are doing at the centre as well as with communities throughout Malawi. 

Materials will range from printed manuals and handbooks to short videos. Resources will be created in both English and Chichewa and should be finalised and available for use by March 2015.
Visit us at the 
Kumbali Village flea market!

Sunday, December 14th 
9:00 - 1:00

Celebrate the Holiday season with good eats. As the hot dry season wraps up here in Lilongwe, our gardens are full of onions. This easy recipe is a great way to make use of a bumper onion crop and quickly jazz up a meal, whether you find yourself in the hot Southern Hemisphere for December or the chilly North.
Quick Pickled Onions (courtesy of mynewroots.org)
Ingredients:
3/4 cup apple cider or white vinegar
2 teaspoons sea salt
3 tablespoons maple syrup or cane sugar
1 dried bay leaf
4 whole cloves
1 red onion, thinly sliced

In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, salt, syrup, bay leaf, and cloves and bring to a gentle boil over medium high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the onion, stir, and remove the pan from the heat. Let the onions cool at room temperature, or transfer it all to a glass jar and put them in the fridge to speed the process along.
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