The Chaseyama Permaculture Club
The Chaseyama Permaculture Club (CPC) started in 2006 with 32 farmers after we organised an exchange visit to CELUCT in Chikukwa. The first CPC members came from Hapare village in Ward 3. Soon the idea expanded into other villages across the wards that we work in. As of March 2021, we now have 450 members in 28 villages in wards 2, 3, 5, 6 and 20.
The CPC is run by a central committee of 7 members. Each village runs its own CPC led by village chairpersons. The village CPCs give updates on their plans to the central committee as well as on any matters that arise within their areas. The central committee then take actions if they can, or they share the issue with PORET to find a suitable solution.
Members currently pay an annual subscription of ZWL$1. This fee is agreed at the Annual General Meeting held by the end of each year. Funds from the annual subscriptions are managed by the members, who use it to support their agroecological activities such as logistics and prizes for the seed fair which happens once a year.
The CPC is, essentially, the engine of PORET. It is critical for project implementation. Members implement a wide range of projects designed according to their needs. PORET staff assist with technical support as required. Such projects include seed production, nursery skills and management, land use designs, soil and water management, Holistic Livestock and watershed management. CPC members also organise field days, do resource mobilisation to support their work, and conduct exchange visits to learn from others in and outside the District.
"I'm Mrs Mabota. I live in Ward 2 and I'm the Chairperson for the CPC with 280 members in Wards 2,3 & 5. Some of the activities we are doing are soil and water harvesting, field days, seed fairs and home design. This year we are expecting better yields because we have been constructing swales and dams."
Photo by Clever Garirofa