Wwoofing in the Middle East and Africa: A Presentation by Kendra Sutherland–NEW DATE
Gaining a window into cutting edge thousand year old technologies being practiced by farmers in parts of the middle east and parts of Africa last year, Kendra Sutherland spent 8.5 months traveling and working on farms in Israel, Jordan Turkey, Burkina Faso and Kenya. The purpose of her journey was to learn from farmers about growing food.
Encountering everything from a 3 year old vegetable farm in an Israeli kibbutz to a nearly 30 year old homestead two hours from the Masai Mara in Kenya, the lessons she learned have been significant and varied. Having studied permaculture and landscaping at Merritt College since 2008, she wanted to enrich her knowledge of growing food to support her work as an ecological gardener in Berkeley. As landscaping moves more and more in an edible and sustainable direction Kendra’s journey shows how wwoofing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) provides a platform for people to gain experience with growing food and living off the grid in diverse settings around the world. From examples of large scale water harvesting techniques and earthworks to fish farming and natural building the farms she worked on offer many possibilities for models in California’s semi-arid climate. In this forum, she will share some of the lessons, pitfalls and discoveries from her journey and how they can pertain to landscapers and gardeners today.
Where: Rm. H101, Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive
Landscape Horticulture (1st two lefts before reaching main campus)
** Note: This event was originally scheduled for 8/27/13.
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