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Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge

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  • Commenced: 01/08/2007
  • Submitted: 15/02/2011
  • Last updated: 11/10/2014
  • Location: PO Box 14, Karat Konso, SNNPRS, Ethiopia
  • Phone: +251 912 21 46 87
  • Website: www.permalodge.org
  • Climate zone: Dry Tropical



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Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge

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Rural, Commercial, Intentional Communities, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational, PRI Master Plan

Project Summary

SFEL integrates an Eco-Lodge, model PC farm, an organic restaurant, a PC design training facility and runs a program of trekking and community based cultural activities in Konso. At SFEL we run quarterly international PDCs.

Project Description

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge comprises the first permaculture model site in Ethiopia established over the last 5 1/2 years on degraded land to incorporate elements such as drip irrigation, grey and black water re-use, composting toilets, hot composting, tree nursery and solar fridge, solar power, solar shower and much more. The model farm has developed with input from a number of volunteers, interns and PC practitioners, such as Guy Rees, Dan Palmer and Ticafa Makovere. During this time The project has hosted a total of 17 PDCs to date (Feb 2011), 2 lead by Rosemary Morrow and 15 by Tichafa Makovere.

SFEL is based in Konso Woreda is in the Southern Region (SNNPRS) of Ethiopia is situated at 5'15' N and a longitude of 37'30' E. The Konso people have a unique culture, based on sedentary mixed agriculture.

 

SFEL’s project objectives are to promote alternative livelihoods for the Konso community through facilitating community inclusion in tourism activities, and to promote food security locally and more widely in Ethiopia, through offering training and consultancy services in Permaculture to stake-holders including community groups, NGOs, faith based organisations, businesses, governmental organisations and individuals. SFEL employs 20 permanent staff and up to 30 temporary workers.

The most notable feature of Konso’s famous agricultural system is its terracing, which has been constructed over large areas of the rugged landscape by centuries of community labour. The terracing reduces soil erosion, carefully crafted to balance the competing demands of maximising infiltration of water into the ground, with insuring adequate drainage in times of deluge that the terraces do not collapse. They are planted with sorghum, which is intercropped with a range of other species; including trees, most importantly Moringa oleifera (also called the cabbage tree) Terminalia birowni, and Cordia africana which are grown for timber; shrubs such as pigeon pea, coffee and chat (Catha edulis) (a cash crop) and annuals including sunflowers, maize, millet, chick peas, various bean species, cotton and cassava. The terraces are fertilised with wastes from the villages including partially burned plant residues mixed with animal dung, which acts to keep the soil fertile.

Updates

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Kitchen Grey-Water System Report of Implementation and Design Update

We are an Eco Lodge an Permaculture training centre based in South Ethiopia. Here is a report on our plans to upgrade our kitchen GREY WATER system during our upcoming internship program in April-May.

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Report on Piped-Water System Current Status and Design Update

We are an eco-lodge and Permaculture training centre based in Konso, south Ethiopia. This is a report on the design update to our water system we intend to start implementing this year.

Posted over 1 year ago (0 comments)

Hybrid Solar-Compost Powered Water Heating System (Ethiopia)

We are planning to implement this new hybrid system during our internship here in April-May 2013.

Posted almost 2 years ago (2 comments)

72h Permaculture Design Course: Permaculture for the Rural African Environment: Konso, Ethiopia

This 13-day practical and demonstrative PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from April 1st to 13th 2013, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge. It will have a special focus on the application of Permaculture to communities in the developing world. It w

Posted almost 2 years ago (0 comments)

INTERNSHIP Trainee/Assistant Permaculture Farm Manage

This position is ideal for someone with training in agriculture and limited experience of farm management with some other experience of managing people in a working environment. A grasp of basic horticultural and farming techniques and their application i

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

INTERNSHIP: Handyman and Logistical Assistant

Assistance with logistical support for all aspects of project operation including the lodge, farm and Permaculture in Konso schools projects; ordering materials, offering technical support where possible, ordering technical support for outside where neces

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Permaculture Organic Cook/Chef Wanted for Permaculture Eco Lodge in South Ethiopia

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge in Konso in the South of Ethiopia seeks an organic cook for its Permaculture kitchen.

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Eco-Lodge Manager Internship

We are looking for interns for several positions, come and learn and grow with us in Ethiopia

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Permaculture in Ethiopia: A Call to Participate!

Come and get involved with Permaculture in Ethiopia!

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

72h PDC Konso, Ethiopia: Certified Under PRI’s Master Plan

This PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from 5th – 18th December 2011, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge. It will have a special focus on the application of Permaculture to rural African communities where the successful application of PC is a way

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Certified 72h Permaculture Design Course, Konso, Ethiopia: Certified under the PRI’s Master Plan

This PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from October 17th – 30th, 2011, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge. It will have a special focus on the application of Permaculture to rural African communities.

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Update on progress at Gocha Primary

We made another visit to Gocha Primary to check on progress since we began implementataion there in July. Results were surprising...

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)