Primary School and Permaculture Demonstration Site in Middlebush, Tanna Island, Vanuatu .

We were contracted as part of the Permaculture Sustanaible Consultants team to manage the establishment of the Muslim Aid Australia’s first sustainable aid project, The MAA MiddleBush Primary School.

This primary is school is unique as it will be a self-sustainable school, producing vegetables and crops to be served as lunch for the kids and at the same time act as the first Organic and Permaculture Training Centre on Tanna Island in Vanuatu.

MiddleBush area is central in Tanna, its 300m above sea level, so tends to have a more of a subtropical climate, where coffee, sandalwood, and citrus species thrives. The design of the project was done by Tom Kendall and Geoff Lawton and it incorporates vegetable gardens, food forests and forage and grazing systems around the school.

Water harvesting systems were also designed and established during our first visit to the site where we put in two swales to collect and infiltrate runoff, this was done by hand as a community activity.

The swales and food forests after two years.

Crop gardens, nursery and compost systems and food forests are all a work in progress, our commitment to this project is on going and its one of the projects we are managing, training the land stewards and involved in as training center where we conduct courses and run workshops.

2 years later, Gardens in full production

Our engagement with this project is on going and a long term one. Permaculture and agroecology courses are to be taught to advance the communities passion to organic growing and sustainability.

If you would like to know more about the work we do please do get in touch.

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