Today was our first experience of the working farm. Each Monday morning there’s a staff meeting to discuss the week and have an informal discussion about what's happening. Then everyone gets assigned to a chore team for the week. There are several stations to be assigned to such as chickens, tree nursery, commercial garden and compost. After the meeting we all spend about an hour doing chores like turning compost, watering the tree nursery, tidying up the grounds, etc.
After that the staff breaks out and continues to do the daily work in each of these stations. Today I worked with the chickens in the morning and the tree nursery until noon. At lunch time the Memo kitchen staff make lunch for the entire Kusamala staff and volunteer force, which is no small job.
Additionally, Eston and Biswick teach the apprentice classes during the week. There are currently four apprentices living and working here from an orphanage outside of Lilongwe. The have been sponsored to take the six month permaculture apprenticeship program through their orphanage. The farm becomes a true hive of activity during the week.