It was 2015 that Mwatima Juma (Msonge Organic Family Farm) met Franko "Green" Goehse on facebook through a common friend Janet Maro. At that time, Michael Nickels (Seven Raven-Canada), Franko and JB were looking for a site to establish practical permaculture institute in Tanzania. (PPIZ) and they happen to visit Msonge Organic Family Farm. Thus, the plans for the Practical Permaculture of Zanzibar was born.
Today, the institute stands as product of concerted efforts, hard work, muddy working clothes and a desire to do something for the environment and the people of Zanzibar.
The Practical Permaculture Institute of Zanzibar is an educational/demonstration site, located just 25 minutes away from the heart of historic Stonetown. It occupies 5 acres of land where permaculture features had been created. From an organic vegetable garden, swales, grey water management system, rainwater harvesting, food forests, rocket stoves, solar power, nursery has been carefully designed and implemented.
Our purpose is to train as many locals starting with primary school teachers, women`s groups, youths and farmers where they can come and gain the knowledge necessary in permaculture to build and maintain a happy, healthy way of life centered around nature and all she has to offer and what we can offer in return. Learning permaculture will give them the tools for self-sufficiency, future food security, environmental recovery and regeneration and a sustainable livelihood. We aim to change the way we view and design our landscape, our surroundings, our relationships and our daily lives so we can improve on what our planet needs.