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February 11, 2017

Update on Kanchi’s Children

UPDATE: all three of Kanchi's children tested negative for TB!!! Thank goodness.

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May 01, 2016

Permaculture: Growing Food Sustainably

Jamie and 4 of our staff members recently took part in a 5-day regenerative agriculture training at the Himalayan Permaculture Center in Surkhet. The training blended permaculture theory with lots of local knowledge and practical demonstrations. They learned about holistic property design, agroforestry, forest management, earthworking to capture rainwater, cutting/grafting to propagate new fruit trees, composting, and much more.

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November 08, 2015

Earthquake Relief Trip: Part Two

The workshop at Abari’s Learning Center was amazing. I’ve never seen our kids so involved and interested! They were given challenges to make their own rammed earth blocks using very basic materials and then design their own model homes using whatever materials they could find around the property. It blew our minds what they were able to come up with. Throughout the workshop, they gained a great understanding of the rammed-earth construction process, which allowed us to jump right into the second phase of our trip.

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October 28, 2015

Earthquake Relief Trip

This past Friday the Kopila Valley 10th graders embarked on an 11-day field trip to the Kathmandu Valley to assist with earthquake recovery efforts and explore the surrounding areas. For many of them, this is their first time visiting Kathmandu. Our Director of Sustainability, Jamie MacDonald, has been sending updates from the field. Yesterday he let us know that 10th graders are having the time of their lives!

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October 21, 2015


About a month ago, we welcomed The Life Aquaponic to Kopila Valley. As a quick introduction to aquaponics (because we needed one too), this system combines fish farming with hydroponic fruit and vegetable production. Fish are raised in a tank or pond environment and, as they soil the water with their waste, this water is pumped to vertical grow towers and horizontal grow beds where a large variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables are planted. As this happens, beneficial bacteria break down the “waste,” making the nutrients readily available for the plants.

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