In the FIRST MODULE, beginning at 2:00 P.M. we will teach you HANDS-ON how to make your own NATURAL SOAP. We will cover even the technicalities (Lye-Fat proportions, temperature, etc.) of how to make a natural hand and body soap from start to finish. We will also explain how you can make a Bio-Enzyme which is a natural liquid soap made using lemon peels and jaggery whose cleaning action is affected by natural enzymes as opposed to harsh chemicals and is ideal even for floors, toilets, clothes, vessels, and the likes!
These are things we make and use ourselves because, not only is the natural soap better for our bodies, especially for people with sensitive skin, and not only because it makes good use of our auxiliary farm produce – such as Hibiscus flowers, Papaya seeds, Neem flowers, Soursop leaves, Amla seeds etc. but also, and crucially so, because by making our own soap, we are in the position to actually recycle ALL of our grey water for irrigation!
The soap YOU CREATE in this module is actually for you to TAKE HOME!
At 3:30 P.M. after the first module, we will share some REFRESHMENTS from the Farm Cafe.
At 3:45 P.M. we will dive into a Mini Introduction to Permaculture!
In this SECOND MODULE, we will walk around the farm together, harvesting a diversity of local ingredients i.e. leaves, seeds, flowers, fruits, etc. from up to 30, or even 40 different plants. This is intended to gain a more intimate understanding of the TREASURE TROVE offered to us directly by Mother Nature.
In the endeavour to eat FOOD THAT WE GROW, it is only good sense to thoroughly explore the natural, immediate INDIGENOUS EDIBLE FLORA where we live, as opposed to starting-off by burdening our intellects with the ocean of TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE offered by the myriad current alternative agricultural practices.
Local plant varieties almost always have high nutritional and medicinal values, are distinctly flavourful, require nearly no irrigation, expertise, machinery, or synthetic chemicals. Their cultivation is even carbon negative, immediately
Having harvested what we require, by 6:00 P.M. we will return to the Farm Café, wash and PREPARE ALL THE PRODUCE and create salad, chutney, and juices.
These will form part of the day’s final sharing – a LIGHT DINNER together, – savouring our very own localicious culinary creations is where the TRUE LEARNING takes place!
We will part with one another at 7:00 P.M., with sweet memories of an inspirational COMMUNITY LEARNING EXPERIENCE!