Educational Gardens in Santa Clara

It’s Friday morning in the native community of Santa Clara. The grey blanket of clouds over the permaculture site doesn’t promise anything but rain. Still, classrooms of the nearby primary school are empty and the students are outside, grouped around a square that has been marked out in the permaculture site attached to the school. That square will become the educational garden (biohuerta) for the pupils. The children are gathered to decide the shape of different areas in the huerta and to start tracing them with twine and small tree branches. The suspicious and shy looks of the kids at … Continue reading Educational Gardens in Santa Clara

Discover the Fantastic World of Books: Building a Bilingual Library for a New Generation of Intercultural Learners

When I arrived as a volunteer in Santa Clara over nine months ago, I was shocked by how few children I saw reading. Books in the rural indigenous school system, I was to learn, often sit for years locked away … Continue reading Discover the Fantastic World of Books: Building a Bilingual Library for a New Generation of Intercultural Learners

From Food Desert to Food Forest: Growing and Cooking in Santa Clara

Learning how to navigate the complex politics of food and motherhood in Santa Clara hasn’t been easy, but we’ve come a long way in the six months since beginning our Grow and Cook program here, opening up space for healing … Continue reading From Food Desert to Food Forest: Growing and Cooking in Santa Clara

Planting Seedlings of Hope: Shipibo Permaculture Workshop in Santa Clara

This June Shipibo permaculture experts, Fernando and Reuben, facilitated a workshop for the indigenous youth of Santa Clara at the San Francisco community permaculture demonstration site. Fernando and Reuben are leaders of the Alianza Arkana Bena Nii (New Forest) permaculture … Continue reading Planting Seedlings of Hope: Shipibo Permaculture Workshop in Santa Clara