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  • Kenya – Week Four « Greenheart Voyagers
    no water at all at the school and the kids working with us were thirsty and hungry Lunch for them consists of a plate of corn that s boiled up in the ramshackle kitchen and if there s no water there s no lunch We aim to make some fixes and infrastructure improvements to sort out this situation Luckily the shop across the road from the school has plenty of packets of ginger nut biscuits for the hardworkers helping us on the shamba vegetable garden We decided that the whole garden needed to be fenced in to prevent goats and other marauders from getting to the veg beds To save on time we arranged for some local workers to do the fencing and also to dig a trench for connecting a water pipe from one tank to the garden and kitchen Exhausted by the end of the week nevertheless we were able to summon enough energy for a special celebration on Saturday as it was the 30 th birthday of our host Luis This involved plenty of Tusker drinking much good food and an amount of chicken and goat getting roasted up on the makeshift BBQ Looking at the fatty grisley bits of boney meat that the folks were devouring I was glad to reamain a non meat eater My homemade dishes of guacamole and chickpea hummus went down well and as the evening progressed we joined a circle of Maasai men performing for us some traditional songs complete with neck swaying moves and much hilarity from the onlookers It s not often that Mzungus are seen trying to sing and dance along with the Maasai Next week is our last full week here in Maasailand and much is still to get organised and functioning at the school I ve

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  • Kenya – Week Three « Greenheart Voyagers
    plants We got around 60 wooden posts cut plus planks for the shelves and boxes we ll build and 90 metres of chicken wire to fence in the whole garden We don t want any unwanted guests nibbling at our tasty veggies Indigenous shrubs and trees were bought at a fine plant nursery located near the town of Karen Earlier in the week we were pleased to welcome the staff from biointensive agriculture outfit G Biack to the school There they helped us to plan the vegetable plots demonstrated biointensive methods of planting and advised us on better chicken management Afterwards they joined us at Jambo HQ where they were given a tour of the site and enjoyed a tasty lunch outside It s excellent that the connection has been made between the school and G biack thereby ensuring further assistance and communication for continuing the project once we ve left This weekend there was an Eco Fair on at the lovely Waldorf School in the town of Karen It was good to speak with folk involved in ecological businesses in the area and to hand out some greenheart stickers to the attendees Jambo HQ our home in Maasailand has also seen a good few improvements this week The tractor also came here and ploughed the vegetable garden plus a number of swales where a variety of trees will be planted Swales are a method of rainwater harvesting where the dug trenches capture the water sending it deep into the land helping nourish trees and reduce erosion So with around two weeks to go we re happy with the momentum of things and are feeling positive about the progress made Danny and I are in good health too no mosquitoes to bother us here and eating well with local veggies

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  • Kenya – Week Two « Greenheart Voyagers
    last seven days and much has been achieved Friday saw us at the Kimuka primary school where we worked on the garden project and presented the school with the first consignment of the garden tools and equipment donated by the Foundaion for the Future The soil preparation technique of double digging was presented to the kids and teachers and we battled with the rock hard soil only managing a couple of metres before becoming exhausted So the plan is to source a tractor and plough to speed things along which will save us several weeks of pick axe and fork work Earlier in the week we visited the hospital in Ngong town where we delivered the donated medicines that Elena brought over from Spain We also were at the Jambo Volunteers office in Ngong meeting the directors of other Jambo projects and to present Luis with the a donated laptop for the office that Danny had brought with him On site in Maasailand at the home of Jambo Volunteers director Luis we have again been kept busy with the power system problems but now at least we have the hot showers working again We have also double dug a plot in the veggie garden and are trying out the Berkeley method of composting which makes a rich natural fertiliser for the plot s soil using sandwiched layers of cut grass chicken manure and soil This gets turned and moved every three days speeding up the composting process and in around three weeks it will be ready Furthermore we re constructing some basic rocket stoves using recycled tin cans More details about this soon Other highlights of the week included the honor of being invited to a Maasai engagement gathering for Samson a Jambo employee at his nearby home Quite an experience and perhaps fortunately I arrived after the chewy meat dishes had been served I did however enjoy a flour chapati and a cup of Maasai cow s milk which had a smoked cheese like taste to it After school on Friday Luis took us to a immense view point where we could see for miles across the natural hills and valleys of Maasailand Today Danny and I took a long stroll across the savannah to the reservoir and back hunting for aloe vera plants and enjoying the stunning settings sights and sounds of a very green and spring like Kenya Kind thanks for the extra support for materials and equipment at the school go to Laura and Emanuel from the Foundation for the Future and many thanks also f amilia y amigos for your emails and words of support Have a look at the photos from week two below salbumphotos 23 72 5 n n uploaded timestamp center May 8th 2011 Category Greenheart Kenya Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em

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  • Kenya – Week One « Travelling Greenheart Mike
    days to help us with the projects Earlier in the week we visited the inspirational G Biack an outstandng example of bio intensive vegetable cultivation and much more near the town of Thika north west of Nairobi In just two years of operation they have managed to create a perfect working model for sustainable farming and are additionally assisting over five thousand farmers working in plant cultivation in Kenya We are thrilled that the director at G Biack will soon visit Kimuka primary school where we plan to make the vegetable garden Journeying in the Jambo minibus we experienced the pollution and traffic chaos that Nairobi is famous for It was a great relief returning after nightfall to the fresh air and starlit beauty of our Maasailand home Today Sunday we walked around 1Km across the savannah to the borehole where our water is piped in from checking the status of a couple of leaks in the pipes and to see how the water is pumped and distributed The borehole s location is at the home of Chief Daniel Sankak who is in charge of the water installation and pumping of water as well as being the chief in the area who deals with any disputes among six thousand Maasai people who reside in this part of Maasailand Next week we ll return to Kimuka primary school to make progress on the bio intensive garden We re still so inspired by what we saw at G Biack near Thika and excited that they will offer us advice and assistance at the school Also we ll be continuing with the plan to put in a composting toilet at the school and will visit other projects being worked on by Jambo Volunteers There ve been so many great moments already during our

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  • Kenya – the beginnings « Travelling Greenheart Mike
    at the Greenheart eco centre in Ibiza for 18 months from summer 2007 and it was grand that we were to take on the challenge of Kenya together Kenya Airways safely delivered us to Nairobi and by 6 30am we were landside and met by Jambo Volunteers head honcho Luis who was grinning widely and warmly welcomed us to a rather cloudy morn in Kenya s capital Albert another Jambo staff member met us in the café and we jumped in tour mini bus Albert behind the wheels to driive us the 15km or so to our base in the Ngong Hills We d got supplies on the way and were glad to reach our home for the next 5 weeks The location is immense the rift valley and mountains provide the backdrop with never ending skies vast clouds across the blue by day and a trillion stars by night The wind howls a hoolie out here so Luis has sensibly installed a wind turbine plus four solar PV panels inserted into the main house roof The views from base are outstanding and we were already spotting the loping giraffes in the distance We met the other folk at the house including Luis s wife plus a giggling little un Luisito their year old son The two house complex together with vegetable plot 20 happy egg laying hens and 4 friendly hounds whilst out on its tod here in Massailand is well located to reach the local Massai places it supports The Kimuka Primary school being the closest The next day we went out to the school where we were warmly welcomed by some school staff and the head pupils We then surveyed the site where we aim on putting in a vegetable garden and a composting toilet We also

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  • Tenerife Selector « Greenheart Voyagers
    adventures Now in Tenerife full blog entry coming soon January 19th 2011 Tags Canary Isles Category Hiking Organic farm Spain Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite strike strong Top Supporters CCI Greenheart Ibiza La Finca Santa Marta The Macleod Clan Search the site On the Site About Supporters Who We Are Recent Entries Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia Final Week in Caveland Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia The Altiplano of Granada Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia From Coast to Mountains Moments in Time 2013 Leesa s update from Mexico Photo action from January in Bolivia Mariano s Epic Journey Guatemala to Bolivia Cochabamba to Samaipata Bolivia Guatemala Belize Peru and Bolivia Mexico Greenheart shines again Cancun revisited 2012 Mexico for the fabulous five Kenya The Final Weeks 2011 Kenya Working in Kimuka and some fun Kenya Video Clips Yes Kenya Kenya the kids take over Kenya Week Five Kenya Week Four Kenya Week Three Kenya Week Two Kenya Week One Kenya the beginnings Tenerife Selector Greenheart People 2010 2012 Forum launched

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  • Greenheart People 2010 « Travelling Greenheart Mike
    below of some of the fine folks and places who were Greenhearted up whilst on my travels in 2010 Green hearts are springing up everywhere last year was an amazing year for getting hearty and spreading the word A huge thanks to all my wonderful sponsors for their amazing support in 2010 Now we re on the case with 2011 in full flow Love and hugs to you all January 7th 2011 Category Greenheart Greenheart People Organic farm 1 comment to Greenheart People 2010 The D June 12 2011 at 2 01 am what a fabulous sequence and what a ba a a a ll you musta had in 2010 my dear friend almost halfway through 2011 now adventures galore for all greenhearts hope to meet soon for a catch up in the meantime much love from the med the d Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite strike strong Top Supporters CCI Greenheart Ibiza La Finca Santa Marta The Macleod Clan Search the site On the Site About

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  • 2012 Forum launched « Greenheart Voyagers
    November 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 November 2009 October 2009 A sample text widget Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium Nunc ut tristique massa Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan Morbi orci magna tincidunt vitae molestie nec molestie at mi Nulla nulla lorem suscipit in posuere in interdum non magna Greenheart People 2010 Organic Wwoofing in Wisconsin 2012 Forum launched Updates to this blog are on their way soon Meanwhile there is now a discussion Forum online to discuss all things 2012 Check it out register and participate at forum 2012 es See you there November 16th 2010 Tags 2012 Category 2012 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Top Supporters CCI Greenheart Ibiza La Finca Santa Marta The Macleod Clan Search the site On the Site About Supporters Who We Are Recent Entries Ibiza 3 Months Kenya Mission Completed Photos Mariano s Report Kenya 2014 Second Week Kenya 2014 First Week Kenya 2014 We re Back Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia Final Week in Caveland Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia The Altiplano of Granada Greenheart Travel 2014 Andalucia From Coast to Mountains Moments in Time 2013 Leesa s update from Mexico Photo action from January in Bolivia Mariano s Epic Journey Guatemala to Bolivia Cochabamba to Samaipata Bolivia Guatemala Belize Peru and Bolivia Mexico Greenheart shines again Cancun revisited 2012 Mexico for the fabulous five Kenya The Final Weeks 2011 Kenya Working in Kimuka and some fun Kenya Video Clips Yes Kenya Kenya the kids take over

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