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Restoring Lives through Agriculture

For the last two weeks, our Kitongo campus has been busy with visitors for our Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course! During this course, we hosted over 40 participants and other visitors from organizations from across East Africa and the world who are dedicated to creating change in their own communities. Though this isn’t our first course, we wanted to take the time to dive deep and answer some questions about Permaculture, restorative agriculture, and the PDC course to provide a better understanding of what we do and how lives are being transformed! 

Restorative Agriculture vs Permaculture

Restorative agriculture is a way of farming that focuses on restoring and regenerating the earth while producing foods. Permaculture is one method of restorative agriculture that mimics nature in farming. The term restorative agriculture is used by Mainsprings and The Valley Foundation to describe how planet care is also people care, and how the sustainability of Permaculture is beneficial to people and restoring not only their farms and land, but their livelihoods.

With Permaculture, instead of one crop being solely planted, a variety of crops and trees are planted together. This technique of integrating different trees and plants together increases the variety and quantity of produce, improves soil quality, helps with water retention, extends harvest seasons, and combats deforestation. When farmers, people, and communities implement Permaculture techniques, people are better cared for by being able to consume a wider variety of produce with different nutrients and vitamins, the planet and land grow healthier with more nutrients being released back into the soil and less chemical pesticides and fertilizers being used, and farmers have abundant harvests with a surplus of produce to sell at the markets for a profit. Mainsprings is using restorative agriculture and it’s methodologies of Permaculture to make this a reality for thousands in communities across East Africa!

What inspired the course?

The idea for the PDC Course originally came from conversations between Mainsprings and The Valley Foundation about the limitations organizations might meet when they want to implement sustainable practices within their organization and increase food security in their communities. Many times, organizations face difficulties starting this change without the knowledge to do so.

With the impact and changed lives we’ve seen just in the last few years, we can’t wait to see what the next few years bring! All of this amazing progress with Mainsprings and EARN is possible because of amazing and generous supporters like you! YOU are restoring the livelihoods of thousands of people across the globe through your support, we can’t thank you enough! 

EARN Movement Today

EARN, originally the East African Regenerative Network, is expanding its reach to other various parts of the world, with plans of teaching Permaculture and restorative agriculture to many different communities and cultures. To reflect this, EARN officially changed its name to the Earth Allies Restoration Network this year in May. Now, EARN has goals of continuing to change lives in East Africa and to become an even larger movement across the globe, and Mainsprings will continue to remain the training hub in East Africa for these PDC Courses that continue to empower many organizations and communities in Permaculture!

With the impact and changed lives we’ve seen just in the last few years, we can’t wait to see what the next few years bring! All of this amazing progress with Mainsprings and EARN is possible because of amazing and generous supporters like you! YOU are restoring the livelihoods of thousands of people across the globe through your support, we can’t thank you enough!

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