Hello fellow permies (and a special hello to all those permies I met at the Washington State Permie Convergence in Belfair!)
As you may or may not know, the International Permaculture Conference 9 is happening in Zimbabwe and Malawi this October and November. The theme this year is "Plan Africa--Food and Empowerment". I have the great fortune of being in Africa during the conference and I have grand plans of getting involved in both the conference and other permaculture projects around South Africa. To what organization I will migrate to, I have yet to decide. In any case, there are a plethora of fantastic permaculture projects and organizations that have been doing amazing things to teach and propagate permaculture as a solution to malnourishment and poverty in South Africa! You can find more information about the IPC 9 and some of the existing permaculture programs in Africa at www.ipcon.org. Hopefully you can learn a thing or two, or perhaps be inspired to come to Africa too!
I am hoping that part of my journey includes attendance at the International Permaculture Design Course in Harare, Zimbabwe. I will be involved in various permaculture projects and organizations in South Africa for at least the next year and possibly for much longer. The International Permaculture Design Course will help me gain the skills and knowledge uniquely suited for implementing permaculture design in the sub-Saharan climate. Currently, I am raising a portion of my funds to attend the International Permaculture Design Course through a donation site called "www.kapipal.com". My goal is to raise $750 before the program, which would cover about half the expenses (course fees, plane ticket from Johannesburg to Harare, and visa). Please contribute as much as you feel comfortable by clicking on the link below. And please, feel free to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) about any questions you have about my plans or to receive updates on what I am doing in South Africa. Also, I'm using my Facebook account as my main blog. Facebook "friend" me by searching "Tyler Burns Washington" and look for the flautist with the cows.