It is hard to believe that is has been two weeks since we left Kenya. Before we left, I had the opportunity to sit in on a meeting to discuss a new permaculture design for the center. I wanted to update everyone on the meeting!
So if you are not sure what permaculture is (I had no clue either before the meeting- I thought it was some type of special cell tissues) – Permaculture is a design theory that analyzes all elements in an area and ecosystem. It works with the natural environment, not against. It aims to establish a closed loop system, where waste products can be recycled and used again as an input in the system. It finds ways to turn problems into solutions.
One of the areas we focused on in the meeting was rainwater and water run off management. What the planning committee at the center hopes to do is find ways that we can efficiently use the water to recycle it and use it again at the center.
Elin Darby conducted the meeting. She is an expert on permaculture design, and has worked on various projects. She will continue to work with the CYEC to establish systems that can economically benefit the center and environmentally benefit the surrounding areas.