Permaculture Thriving at ‘Gardens Gate’!

??????????In 2011, Never Ending Food facilitated a 12-day Permaculture Design Course (PDC) for an organization in Malawi called ‘Children of the Nations’ (COTN).   COTN works internationally in 7 countries to operate homes, schools, farms, skill centers, clinics, and village feeding centers in an effort to provide quality care for orphans and vulnerable children.  When the PDC was conducted in Malawi, we based the training at the residence of a lady named Michelle Clark, who is affiliated with the founders of COTN.  Located just a few kilometers west of Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe, the participants did all of their practical work at this site and Michelle was one of the participants who received her International Certificate in Permaculture Design.  Since the time of the training, Michelle and her dedicated team have been working to transform her home into a thriving oasis of Permaculture designs which they have now named ‘Gardens Gate’ (“the gate to many gardens”)!

Never Ending Food recently made a return visit to Gardens Gate to see the progress, and they were blown away!  We have put together some pictures to help illustrate the amazing achievements that have been implemented in just 4 short years:

Back Wall--2011

Back Wall–2011

Back Wall--2015

Back Wall–2015







Back Yard--2011

Back Yard–2011

Back Yard--2015

Back Yard–2015

















Front Yard--2011

Front Yard–2011

Front Yard--2015

Front Yard–2015

















Here are a few more design features that have been implemented at Gardens Gate:

Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening

Diversified Orchards

Diversified Orchards

Seedling Nursery

Seedling Nursery

Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees

Worm Farming

Worm Farming