Mdabulo Secondary School- Tanzania, 2017
With a core team of Canadian and African permaculturalists, Michael designed and installed a one-hectare permaculture farm at a secondary school in the southern high plains of Tanzania. This project rehabilitated de-vegetated hillside into productive farmland intended to feed the school’s 400 students. The project included swales for rainwater catchment and redirection, a pond, a fruit tree forest, more than sixty terraced garden beds, converting a pig pen into a chicken coup, a water pump and tank, and fencing. Tanzanian students were trained in farming and composting practices and worked daily with the Canadian team to see the project through to completion. The farm design aimed to clean the outdoor kitchen to reduce the high incidence of student illness as well as increase student nutrition and mental and physical well-being.