Laikipia Permaculture Centre, home to PRI Kenya, sent us some updates on the work they recently carried out. They received a $1000 grant from Permafund in 2012 to help with the centre’s establishment.
Soil degradation is a major problem in this region due to extensive deforestation (as shown on this picture where Joseph Lentunyoi, founder of Laikipia Permaculture Centre, is standing beside a degraded heap of soil 100m from Laikipia Permaculture Centre).
The main priority for the Centre is therefore to re-establish forest cover and train people on propagating indigenous trees and growing food. More updates can be found on their website: http://www.pri-kenya.org
Here are Joseph’s words.
It has been both an enjoyable/overwhelming and challenging activity and work for Wilson Lokwayen (our PDC Graduate and Manager for LAIKIPIA PERMACULTURE CENTRE). In January 2013, we started sowing tree seeds in our community nursery, thanks to funding from Permafund. Interestingly some young men and women from the community joined us to help with this new work. January was quite busy here in the Community tree nursery as the seeds are put in the ground for the first time ever in a community not used to working with soils. For them it was simply making their hands dirty jokingly, but for me it was serious business as I am used doing it.
Many questions were being asked as we continued propagating/sowing the seeds, regarding what we were doing!
How long will the seeds take to germinate?
Will we need the rain to come for them to grow?
Can we all help Wilson water the trees manually?
Then after 4 weeks of waiting, here are the results and answers to our questions.
I am writing this report on a rainy Kenya day, meaning big plus to farmers. At Laikipia Permaculture Centre we have ready seedlings to be planted this season, this is one of the success stories out of our November 2012 training here, putting all of us on hope that our dream is truly coming to reality. We have approximately 2000 tree seedlings ready and a lot more growing in seed beds.