Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable

by Nourish
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Help our Eco Village get off-grid and sustainable
Harvesting from the garden
Harvesting from the garden

Support has been  slow for our eco village in terms of donations, but this does not deter us. The goal of making every action as conscious, and mindful as possible means watching what we do with waste, what we use to build with, where we throw our food offcuts, and how we use food in the most sustainable way so as not to waste any food. 

 

I wanted to share in this report how our garden is growing the most beautiful and abundant beetroot. Since we cant always eat them as fast as we can harvest them in order to prevent wastage, and rotting - we have now started making our own beautiful pickled beetroot.  The little bit of funding we have gotten we have invested in some large jars, kitchen equipment and tools so that we can keep doing this process more and more with veggies from the garden. Creating healthy nutritious food for the children, and acting as mindfull as possible in the process. 

 

Thank you to those who have supported! 

The beautiful colours of nature and healthy food!
The beautiful colours of nature and healthy food!
Grating, spicing and pickling
Grating, spicing and pickling
Nutritious food preserved to use in for the kids!
Nutritious food preserved to use in for the kids!
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Water wise - grey water garden
Water wise - grey water garden

The goal of going off-grid is a BIG one, and its good to have big goals and dreams... but it is also good to take those dreams one step at a time, and not allow the slow speed or lack of funding to hinder the vision. We know what we want... to create an inspiring off-grid eco village which will be an educating nourishing space, for people and planet. 

 

Thank you to those that have so far suported us along the way. Change does not come all at once, but through a series of tiny decisions that lead slowly in the right direction. 

 

WATER has been a big focus for us, especially being based in an area that often struggles with water scarcity. We are already composting from the toilets at the pre-school and aftercare... although we are still trying to figure out the systems 100%, especially in wet weather or when we have an influx of children. The water from our showers at the backpackers (where guests, and interns stay) and staff area has also been a concern. Perfectly good water being 'thrown away' and filling up our septic tank... 

 

So a simple system was devised to re-use the grey water from the shower into an indigenous plant garden just outside the bathrooms.  PVC pipe with some holes poked in allow the water to slowly drain and water the whole garden, helping us to green the area, put roots in the soil, and use the water in a more sustainable way. 

 

One step at a time - thank you for joining us on this journey, please keep supporting us, helping us to grow, dream, and imrove into a proper earth-ship syle eco village. We will see how this waterwise garden fares now over the Winter months (which is our dry season here in the Lowveld of South Africa) 

Until our next update,  - thank you. xxx

Using water from the showers more sustainably
Using water from the showers more sustainably
Our grey water garden being laid out
Our grey water garden being laid out
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Catch the Rain - RAINWATER HARVESTING
Catch the Rain - RAINWATER HARVESTING

It's always hard to write a report when there has not been a huge amount of support yet, but with the year of Covid we have all had, it is understandable. Times are tough the world across, and that is what makes us even more grateful for your support for our project, so from our hearts, THANK YOU. 

 

More than ever we realise that we are vulnerable to a drop in income, to be able to pay for electricity and pump water, and with South Africa's electricity so volatile, and recently big storms knocking out our power for days on end we realise just how important sustainability is... To be able to provide a place for the children with power, and water, clean energy, and to lead the way by becoming off grid, and utilizing the earth in a more respectful and light way. 

 

Our first step, to take advantage of the upcoming rains, was to install rainwater harvesting gutters along two of the roof in the Nourish eco village center, our backpacker lounge and one of the office buildings. We hope to harvest lots of water off these roofs and use this greywater for watering plants, planting trees, etc. 

 

More than ever, the world needs us to learn to live differently, thank you for helping us along this gentle journey. 

our first actions to save water
our first actions to save water
THANK YOU
THANK YOU
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Nourish

Location: Hoedspruit - South Africa
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Twitter: @Nourishnpo
Project Leader:
Sarah Bergs
Hoedspruit, South Africa
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