Youth Homesteading Project

This Homesteading project shall focus on sustainable food cultivation practices and improving biodiversity. Homesteading is a form of self-reliance in which most products are produced in-house. Incorporating traditional knowledge and also using modern equipment to create a model which takes home-economics to a level in partnership with nature. This model is also known as ‘urban permaculture’.

The core group of 5 youths shall work together over a 10 month period under the guidance of a coach, however, additional participants are envisaged to join the core group on a number of activities. Main activities will take form of weekend term, practical camps on a permaculture farm every 30 days. The group will prepare literature review material and also hold meetings to program the work.

The group will be actively involved in hands-on work to create a designed ‘wicking beds’(*1) and aquaponics system (*2) as well as maintain the regular upkeep and performance monitoring. Activities of the project will involve:

1) An introduction to urban permaculture design

2) Study of performance of wicking beds in south Mediterranean climate

3) Study of exterior aquaponics in Mediterranean climate

4) Creation of integrated systems inclusive of the two systems mentioned above

5) Observation of interaction of biodiversity within the created systems

6) Awareness of water and food climate change challenges and proposed solutions

All these activities will be supported by the members’ personal research between group sessions as well as informal lectures and documentaries. The group will gain access to the extensive library of the Permaculture Research Foundation and will make use of such materials during the duration of the project.

For more information about this programme, including help on how to apply, please visit www.yia.eupa.org.mt or contact the EUPA at yia.eupa@gov.mt.