Thursday, July 11, 7pm - 9pm 2013
Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery
J oin Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as it continues its Permaculture Around the World series, highlighting the path of Permaculture around the globe, this time in Kenya and East Africa.
Featured is Joseph Lentunyoi from the Maasai tribe, who is the co-founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya. Joseph is currently in the USA teaching a Permaculture Design Course for International Development at Quail Springs Permaculture in the Cuyama Valley north of Ojai, CA, to which he brings extensive practical knowledge of sustainable farming and permaculture teaching experience.
Joseph is the founder and Director of the Laikipia Permaculture Project and the Sustainability Director for Nyumbani Village, where over 900 children live who have been orphaned by HIV related diseases. He teaches and designs with permaculture techniques extensively in East Africa, and has taught several international PDC trainings in Kenya and Australia. He attended the Kenya Institute of Organic Farming and Uganda Martyrs University in Agriculture.
The Maasai are nomadic pastoralists who traditionally have no knowledge of agriculture. But Joseph ironically, is the Maasai tribesman who is bringing sustainable agriculture education and permaculture demonstration sites to Kenya after a Permaculture Design Course in Tanzania in 2007 with Australian permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton.
Agriculture dominates Kenya’s economy, although more than 80 percent of its land is too dry and infertile for good cultivation. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, farming is the largest contributor to Kenya’s gross domestic product, and 75 percent of Kenyans made their living by farming in 2006. Kenya is still reeling from the worst drought in half a century, which affected an estimated 13 million people across the Horn of Africa in 2011. Kenya is also home to the world’s largest refugee camp, housing 450,000 Somalis fleeing violence and famine, increasing the pressure to deal with food security challenges.
The Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya (PRI-Kenya) is a new organization, dedicated to permaculture education and promotion of sustainable practices through support to permaculture projects around Kenya and East Africa.
The event takes place on Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm at the downtown Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101. Donation $5, no reservations needed. More Info, (805) 962-2571, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sbpermaculture.org
Sponsored by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network