Barefoot Permaculture Goes To Myanmar

Last year, a  project arose in Myanmar, for teaching Composting and Sustainable Soil Management. Initial request dates were for September; a time in which I had little availability.
     I did have time in November, yet was told that, due to the scheduled election, as well as uncertainty regarding it’s outcome, it would be best to pick another time.
    This memo serves as a prelude to an upcoming post…

In mid-January, after a long flight to (and an overnight in) Hong Kong, I arrived in Yangon, Myanmar. This is a country I have long wanted to visit. Until now, the brutal military dictatorship, as well as lack of suitable (for my skills) projects, prevented my travel there.

Full Moon Over the Shwedagon Pagoda

Full Moon Over the Shwedagon Pagoda

The election was once again a success for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party: this time though, the Military leadership declared the vote to be the will of the people, and have backed the outcome. That said, they still control veto power. Hopes are that the military will continue releasing it’s absolute control.
Needless to say, the people I met were overjoyed with the possibilities of new opportunities to live, grow, and develop without too much fear.
   Mine was a Farmer to Farmer project, through Winrock International, and funded (at least in part) by USAID. For this project, the host organization is a large grower’s co-operative: Myanmar Fruit, Flower, and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association. (MFFVPEA).

Myanmar Field-Workers: Potato Season

Myanmar Field-Workers: Potato Season

Stay tuned for my upcoming blog…

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Education: Warren Wilson College (BA Environmental Studies) 1987: University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (MSc. Natural Resources) 2005 Permaculture Design Certificate (The Farm, TN) 1994 Presidential Volunteer Award: 2005, 2006, 2007 Experiences: National and international Permaculture teacher and practitioner since 1995; Sustainable land use and permaculture consultant; International consultant for small plot sustainable agriultural projects; Home orchard consultant; Endangered species observer for sea-turtle and whale projects; Field biologist and naturalist; Gourmet natural food chef and teacher; Home baker (artisan breads) brewer & fermenter; Home orchardist; BeeKeeper; Ecological gardener; Broom-maker in the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and general bio-philiac...
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