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Rufaro Makamure
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My heart is all over the place with ecstatic happiness. The boy with the enthusiastic talk invited me to his home to show me the garden he started in his yard...!!! He has plans of working on the outside garden (the plan I new of) but he has also been working on the inside yard. I invited him to join me in the collection of mulch which I had planned for, for a day or two next week and he agreed.....aaah...
 
Maureen Atsali
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That's great! Your enthusiasm is spreading, and its great for a young gardener to have a mentor to encourage him.

Ps- I got your facebook friend request, but my phone is really slow for Facebook.  I am not ignoring, will accept when I get to a WiFi access.
 
Rufaro Makamure
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We finally quantified all the maize we got. From the 2 acre area (conventional farming), we got 12 full 50kg bags and some extra maize which is less than a full sack. Then from the half acre where we used conservation we got 14 bags....unbelievable...right!!! ( the test is not fool proof because the type of seed was different, we did not know which seed was better when we grew the maize) some neighbors are not no longer burning stalks in preparation for compost making. So maybe it will take a while to fully appreciate permaculture but I am sure a continuous living proof of the benefits will eventually get the idea across. Thanks for the encouragement to you all...
 
Rufaro Makamure
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It felt good today working with someone. We went to look for mulch and the boy is not all talk, we were done collecting by 9 am. I will send images when I have a better connection.
 
Rufaro Makamure
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I have been selling some rape seedlings (will add the image in the coming posts). Some man who came buying seedlings asked about fertilizer to go with the seedlings. It opened a platform to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of artificial fertilizers. We ended up going to his place to work on his bed where he wanted to plant his rape. He mentioned that he was aware of the benefits of manure. The only problem is "there is no incentive for a labor demanding methods" as he put it across. So he said he will be assessing how the rape bed we worked on turns out. Obviously I have to think of a strategy that makes permanent agriculture worth it, a way that can help a person earn a living. 
The man(Evans) has a huge tomato garden and it was an amazing opportunity to show Steve (the enthusiastic boy) what can come out of a yard. Steve's mum buys and sells tomatoes (so Steve can see the value of a tomato plant, which can hopefully help him appreciate the benefits of a personal garden). Steve and Evans exchanged numbers so that when the tomatoes ripen Steve's mum won't have to travel to town to buy tomatoes for reselling. Steve's mulch is still heaped, I will not push him for any work to be done, but I will take every chance I get to expose and show Steve a possibility of benefiting more from his already existing resources.
 
Rufaro Makamure
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I had fun working with other people. Hope there will be plenty of days like this.
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Steve collecting mulch
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Working on a bed at Evans' place
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leaving mulch at Steve's place
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Evans' tomato garden
 
Rufaro Makamure
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I heard there is a farmer who sells at least 10 000 birds per day. Shockingly the person was saying they worked at the farm but went for a couple of months without being paid. This is becoming common but it should not be like this. I know because we are in a capital based society, money is a requirement, but what exactly do people do with all this money? Are we not concentrating on wealth accumulation and letting go of some of life’s precious gifts, like spending time with family and friends or just caring for the next person a little bit more? How hard can it be to make things better in a permanent way? Today is one of those days where I really question if I am the wrong one in thinking using the resources we have in a regenerative way is the start to ending poverty. What are the odds that what I see is right and the majority who are around me are wrong. Could it be impossible to end poverty? We might not all be equal but we surely can make life more convenient for each other. It is strange how one moment I am certain things will be better and the next everything becomes so blurry. What if I fail to bring out this vision I have… this is my greatest fear. I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to live better lives if they only believe in themselves, become less greedy and use what we have for creating a better environment. It cannot be impossible, we just need to think a little bit differently... 
 
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