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My name is Samuel Baluti. I am Malawian by birth. I did two Permaculture Design courses and a Training of Trainers course last year. After that I was looking for a place to gain skills in designing, teaching, earthworks, veggie growing, organic farming, pest and disease control, zero waste management, seed saving, food and nutrition – pretty much everything connected with permaculture.
Samuel, at right
I interned for about eight months at Nature’s Gift Permaculture (NGP), outside of Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city, to learn the above things. To achieve this I was attending all four courses they run and assisting in their facilitation. The courses covered permaculture design, gardening and earthworks, and soon I will join a thatching course. I have learnt a lot more than I expected as they allow you to ask a lot of questions. Although the NGP team offered me a paid position at the site, I’ve decided instead to go back to my village to help my own people with the knowledge I’ve gained. I’m leaving NGP now, although I will be coming for a week every two months.
I appreciated all the work which Mada and Hope are doing for all people who are coming to learn. As a result of their work I now have a lot of knowledge and I’m going to use it to help develop my village in Mangochi Monkey Bay in a sustainable way.
I do believe all the world’s problems can be solved by permaculture. Let’s join hands by no longer consuming poisoned food. If others in Malawi and Africa want to find answers to the problem we are facing, come to Nature’s Gift Permaculture centre.
Samuel, at left, is learning from the head Gardener Justin