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Tanzanite One Mine- Tanzania, 2017

Michael designed and implemented food gardens and food forests to feed 600 Tanzanite One workers and management. Michael’s small team from Canada and Kenya trained and worked alongside Tanzanite employees and community members to design and install food forests on eroded hillsides; including building swales to capture and concentrate rainfall, planting fruit tree forests, and…
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Practical Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar – Tanzania, 2015

Michael worked closely with a local partner to establish a branch of the Practical Permaculture Institute on a 3.5 acre piece of land on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The project included clearing the land, digging swales and a pond to catch, redirect and hold rainwater, installing a grey water system, planting a fruit tree…
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Primary School Permaculture Gardens- Kenya, 2002- 2012

Over the course of 10 years Michael established ten primary school permaculture teaching gardens throughout Kenya. The gardens were designed to provide enough food for the entire schools’ lunch program. The increased nutritional diversity of the food from the gardens led to these schools having substantially increased academic and athletic performances. The design and build…
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Tarahumar Permaculture Project- Mexico, 2010

Michael worked with the Tarahumar people of Copper Canyon, whose objective were to increase crop productivity, diversity of food staples, and address the lack of firewood due to local deforestation. Michael trained and worked with local farmers to build diverse market gardens at three different homesteads. Michael also trained and worked alongside the local farmers…
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Seed Company & Indigenous Tree Nursery- China, 2008

Michael worked with local government, investors and farmers to convert 5 hectares of flat land into two businesses: an indigenous tree nursery and an organic seed farm. Michael and his team of experts designed the project to include large directional swales and a massive pond to harvest and conserve rainfall for irrigation. The organic farm…
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REGENERATIVE DESIGN CONSULTING

WITH MICHAEL NICKELS