|Permaculture, the way to go|
|Saturday, 07 July 2012 19:39|
The curious one will probably ask the authorities why the school has so much dirt.
emphasis is on conservation, the use of zero tillage, with the aid of organic material, without any use, whatsoever, of chemicals.
“The idea is to produce healthy food products that are chemical-free as research has proved that most of the diseases these days are a result of the chemicals that we use to produce our food.”
cut thatching grass and, in some instances, dry maize stalks, which form a sort of “carpet” to the whole premises. In permaculture terms, the whole yard is mulched.
“After the rainy season, we usually harvest the mulch that you see today as this cut thatching grass, but by the next season it would be manure. Together with the manure we get from the piggery section, we use this for dry-land maize crop, food forest and nutrition garden,” said Mr Madzvanya.
“In common parlance, a food forest is your orchard, whereas the nutrition garden is basically your everyday garden, the difference being this one aims to produce high-nutrition food and the mandala bedding is designed so as so save and retain moisture.”
Mr Madzvanya said it took the parents a long time to embrace the idea, but added that it was pleasing to note that villagers in areas such as Kabvunye and Hwenda had now embraced the practice at their homes.
Permaculture at Nyandoro has also seen the introduction of a herbarium, which contains a variety of species, among them peppermint, lemon grass, wormwood and basil bushes. Besides the intention to harvest manure at the end of the mulching season, could there be any other desirable motive behind keeping the grounds of the school in a not-so-eye-catching state?
Investigations revealed that because of the mulch, sunlight does not directly hit the ground which, in turn, helps increase the water-holding capacity.
Born out of the brains of Bill Moose, an Australian permanent agriculturalist, Nyandoro School tops the permaculture practice in Mashonaland Central.
For a school that has produced a number of prominent Zimbabweans like the late veteran journalist Bornwell Chakaodza, former CEO of Air Zimbabwe Peter Chikumba, businessman and farmer John Sixpence, agronomist Herbert Chakanyuka and academic Richard Dzvukamanja, Nyandoro is renowned in Guruve district not only for its excellence in permaculture but also academically.