Hugelkultur berm

At the back of our garden is a high rocky area. It makes a great back wall – beautiful, fun to climb, and a sanctuary for lots of birds, geckos and plants. When it rains, the water rushes off these rocks and erodes a lot of soil from the gently sloping field at the foot.

One technique that is used to prevent erosion is digging swales and building berms – that is, digging a ditch and piling the mud next to it on the downhill side. Continue reading

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Our year in photos

Over my 10+ years in Africa I have been gradually getting concerned about how we as Westerners model a lifestyle that is very consumerist.   Continue reading