Kusamala events and news updates for August 2014. 
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October 2014
Edit   ~   Master   ~   Compost

Editing of our participatory videos begins this month. September saw over 300 farmers in our climate smart agriculture project create videos in various workshops in Dowa district. This month, with the guidance of our community coordinators, farmers will create paper edits of their films. The coordinators will then edit the films with a computer by sorting clips and brushing up cuts and sound to create the films as laid out by the farmers in the paper edit.
It will be fascinating to see what the farmers have achieved in the workshops and to gain insight into the issues that affect their communities. This will not only help us tailor our permaculture trainings to better suit the farmers' needs but also to pass on knowledge within the community. Final videos will be available on Kusamala’s Vimeo channel here later this month.

Master the principles of permaculture at this month's permaculture design certificate (PDC) course held at Kusamala October 13-25. The 12-day, 72-hour training is founded on Bill Mollison’s book, “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual” and meets the internationally recognized requirements for certification. 

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to permaculture principles, applications, and design practices. And covers topics ranging from pattern and systems thinking to soil rehabilitation and erosion control.

Taught by our lead trainer, Luwayo Biswick, and Never Ending Food's Kristof Nordin, t
he goal of the course is to achieve a working understanding of ecological-based planning, site design, and management. We are looking forward to welcoming course participants to Kusamala later this month and still have room for more in the course. Please email if interested. 

Compost using worms! Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is a quick and easy method to turn food scraps and other organic matter into a compost rich in minerals, enzymes, and microbes. At the centre we use a system of plastic bins stacked on top of each other with repurposed tire scraps between each layer to provide air flow, but single container systems also work. The worms are voracious eaters able to process food, manure and other organic matter in 3-6 months. The resulting castings can be in applied directly to the soil or made into tea: 8oz. of castings to 1 gallon of water steeped for 1-3 days. More information about the wonders of worms can be found here
Visit us at the Farmer's Market at the Sanctuary Lodge Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 - 1:00. 
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