Omito Abraham Owuor
K5 Village Project Coordinator
I began gardening when I was 10 years old, planting annual vegetables in our mother’s kitchen garden. Then in 2010, in high school, I become more interested in general agriculture as a subject dealing with crop and animal production. I quickly became head of the Food Department at my school.
At that time, just about everyone in our community had difficulty in farming because they had been using “modern” farming techniques – vast monocrop areas that, because of the terrible amount of exposed soil, required more water than the local aquifer and rain could provide (not to mention poor farming skills as the community was brought in line with agrocorp farming techniques).
The result was that my community became increasingly impoverished, and many were hungry. However, during that time while I was head of the Food Department at my school, I had been experimenting with alternative ways to farm–what I now know is called “Permaculture”.
After high school I partnered with five other people and taught them the skills and techniques I had learned from my experimentations. We applied them to their traditional small farms, and amazingly, those farms blossomed. Of course, I wanted to learn more techniques. I just knew that what I’d stumbled onto could solve my community’s poverty and hunger.
I then became associated with another great Permaculture organization, PermoAfrica Centre, and together we learned so much more. My knowledge and experience grew by leaps and bounds, enough so that I founded the K5 Village Project.
Currently, in addition to all the good word the K5 Village Project does in our community to help farmers learn new techniques, and support local orphans and widows, I continue to want to expand my knowledge of Permaculture.
To that end, I hope soon to attend the Permaculture Research Institute’s Laikipia Permaculture Centre, so that I can earn my Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). the PDC,s training school to acquire more skills and techniques. With that knowledge I will be better able to teach farmers and design farms in my community and throughout Kenya. I intend to teach our youth, as well, so they can aquire these “new” Permaculture methods and technologies. Everywhere knowledge of Permaculture spreads, famine and poverty are reduced. This is my goal for my community.