Farm Updates

Some photos from our Summer Environmental program This past July, 2017!

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An extremely rich and well-rounded program and an amazing group of participants made this course one of our best yet!

We are proud to be elevating the conversations about land regeneration, climate smart agriculture and future trends together with solid hands on training and holistic project management solutions.

All in a thriving, healthy and fun environment, thanks to All who made this a very special space for sharing, healing and inspiration.

 

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Home made sprouted fodder, multiplies initial biomass by 300%, plus 30% increased assimilation by the animal’s metabolic process! (Ikram from our Summer program, July 17′)

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Mud mix to make Adobe bricks (Summer program, July 17′)IMG_2981.JPG

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The amazing Hazim Azghari of Oxford University giving a lecture on Sustainable building (Summer program, July 17′)

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Deep thanks and gratitude to our amazing cooking team Lala Fatema & Jamila

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Lead facilitator Ismail El Hamzaoui giving a fascinating lecture on rotational grazing (Summer program, July 17′)

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Making a No-dig instant garden bed with compost, drip irrigation & mulch (Summer program, July 17′)

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Making Actively aerated compost tea for the microbial inoculation of our soils (Summer program, July 17′)

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Making a Grey water filtration reed bed (Summer program, July 17′)

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Our 6th International course underway at Marrakesh Organics, Permaculture Course with the amazing Rhamis Kent, (Nov 16′)

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Deeply Honored to have hosted renowned film-maker and ecologist John Dennis Liu. What an inspiration! (Nov 16′)

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We were thrilled to host world renowned ecological architect Aziza Chaouni and Wanda Hebly, Co-founder of the Sahara Roots foundation. (Nov 16′)

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The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) delegation at the COP 22 paid us a visit (Nov 16′)

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The GEN & Planet Khmissa families together at Marrakesh Organics!

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During the 2-Day She Entrepreneurship event organized with Faiza Hajji Wosniak and Swedish Institute (Nov 11-12, 2016)

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Potatoes & Fava beans among 7 other vegetables ready for a new season of farm to table, starting Dec 18th.

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IMG_4829.JPGFood preservation extravaganza going on right now at Marrakesh Organics!

Catch n’ store energy is one of the principals of Permaculture, and we’re doing just that by saving our surplus production to eat it through the winter months, Tomatoes, peppers and chili and garlic sauce.

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The Marrakesh Organics Summer Program 2016. (Update)

One of the most wonderful experiences of my life just resumed Last month (July 16′), a wonderful group of individuals from different places (Morocco, US, Belgium and Denmark) gathered for our 5th course here at Marrakesh Organics.

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(Picture below) Organic Mildew treatment, Tree planting & Compost tea making during our Soils day of the Summer program.

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Some Chill times

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Soap Making workshop conducted by Mr. Rachid Jaafari, using natural ingredients and essential oils

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Grateful for our wonderful cooking ladies who delighted us every day with exquisite dishes.

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Farm Fresh!

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On the way to Imlil. Trips were a wonderful part of the program and we had a great time discovering some magical parts of Morocco!

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A quick orange juice pause while climbing mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak with some of the Summer Course students!IMG_0148.JPG

Lime Plastering workshop during our Natural building days.

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Building an Aquatic environment, a pond with aquatic plants and Fish. Workshop facilitated by Mr. Tori Suzuki.

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Yoga to start off the Day!

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I Love breakfast conversations

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Spring at the Farm (April 2016)

 

Swimming Pool in Progress!

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Drip irrigation and vegetable beds in place (March 2016) 

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Final finishes & Interior design of the Earthen building structure (Adobe Course Sep, 2015)

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Currently surveying the main access roads using a laser level. Big ups to Mehdi and Tori for their valuable help.

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13/11/2015: Our Olives getting cold pressed!

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Some farm pics from November!
This season we have planted Corn, Peas, Parsnips, Potatoes, Courgettes, Broad beans, legume cover crops and many herbs

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10/10/2015: I presented Marrakesh Organics at the national Permaculture convergence in Casablanca!

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22/9/2015: Our Adobe Natural building course has come to an end, a wonderful 2 weeks of Fun, learning and profound interactions.

Deep gratitude to our 10 participants, Our facilitator Oussama Moukmir and our hard working team of professional builders,  you all contributed into making this a memorable experience! Here are some photos:

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Happy Ramadan!

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The Garden boasts a dozen varieties of tomatoes, including these heirloom bell tomatoes

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Say Hello to my little friend!

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Can’t wait for a hearty pumpkin soup

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Bees are staying happy & healthy!

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Harvesting the abundance, turning it into homemade Jam!

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Olives fruiting beautifully by mid-June!

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Barley harvesting is upon us!

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Getting some Extra help from the Man himself, Geoff Lawton!

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Plowing it old school!

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(Photo credits: Mike Dzikowski)

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Tomatoes, Aubergines, Peppers & pumpkins all planted, drip irrigated and mulched!

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Preparing Veggie beds, generous layers of manure, compost and worm castings!

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Barley Cover crop (Photo credit Mike Dzikowski)

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First stages of the Food forest

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Home made Potting Mix, sifted compost, manure, clay, sand and worm castings!

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2015 is the International year of Soils, and we respond duely by making tons of compost, the greatest soil amendment!

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Green peas, Parsnips & Fava beans as main winter crops.

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Barley cover crop!

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Digging up swales

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The View!

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PDC Team 2015!

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Olive harvest has started!

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A good day to brew some compost tea!

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Just before the rain! Shelter done, just gotta clean up the mess.

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Finaly got to the roof! Wooden poles then woven bamboo, plastic tarp and final mud layer.

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About half way done, we run out of bricks, made new ones left to dry. One more day and we begin the roofing!

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The wall building up nicely.

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Solid rock foundation for the sheep shelter. We avoided using cement for this foundation, but stone cutting proved too tedious, we used cement on the second foundation line!

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This is the one where we used cement.

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4 people can make about 400 brick a day!

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Adobe Earth bricks for the sheep shelter.

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We harvested our firt ever batch of Honey!

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Swimming pool finaly full, had a nice summer cool off! People from the last PDC are gonna kill me, how was this not a priority?

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6 thoughts on “Farm Updates

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  1. Brother, you sure is right, I’ll need a plane trip just to take a cool dip and pay you a piece of my mind, only joking!?! Love the website, thanks for a great pdc experience,
    Abdullah

  2. Salam alikoum, I have tried to contact the organics farm many times while i was in Marrakech and i didn’t get a reply, i will be back in July and would love to visit the place and get some advice about natural building and permaculture in Morocco, as i have a project to build my own and set up a food forest in the Ourika valley too and i would like to be in contact with someone who did it before me. Looking forward to a reply.
    N

  3. As a dream, this farm is more beautiful than i expected, it’s a school where Omar is the teacher and nature is the big book.
    warmly
    Hakim

  4. Salaam brother,

    Great work. I am currently getting my permaculture certificate and am based in the US. However, I am looking for a move and Morocco seems like a good candidate. Could you recommend a city with good weather and climate? Any help would be appreciated,

    Imran

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