Roots Without Borders plans to revolutionize environmental education in Ghana, with experiential programs and bottom-up solutions, designed with community-participation and drawing on the experiences and knowledge of past generations and diverse cultures. All our programs will promote cross-cultural solidarity, respect and understanding – whether between cultures from different countries, different regions, different faiths or different backgrounds.
We will soon offer the following programs in Ghana:
Roots Without Borders will design and set-up forest garden demonstration sites and tree nurseries, and facilitate training workshops – encouraging more farmers to go back to their roots.
Forest gardens , also known as food forests, are self-sustaining, high-yielding and diverse ecosystems, which incorporate fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, and perennial vegetables. The goal of a forest garden is to mimic the natural features of a forest, in order to create a vibrant oasis that requires a fraction of the maintenance required by monocultures (no fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides needed!). Forest Gardening isn’t new! Cultures across the world have practiced forest gardening for thousands of years. Modern-day forest gardens combine old-world knowledge with new discoveries.
The Moringa Tree, also referred to as the Miracle Tree, will play a major role in all of our forest garden projects. Moringa is a fast-growing, nitrogen-accumulating, drought-tolerant tree, which can be used for a multitude of purposes. Almost all parts of the moringa tree are edible, medicinal and nutritious. The leaves, flowers, seed pods and roots can all be consumed, and can even be used for soap-making! The leaves contain high levels of Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C – making the dried leaf powder a true superfood. Furthermore, the leaves and young branches are also a great fertilizer and feed for animals – making Moringa a perfect addition to any forest garden!
Roots Without Borders will design and set-up school garden and cooking programs, partnered with sister schools in Canada to facilitate intercultural collaboration between the youth of both countries.
School gardens are hands-on outdoor classrooms, where students not only learn how to grow their own food, but they learn valuable science, math and art lessons simultaneously. Food doesn’t get any more local and organic than a school garden, and students can reap the added bonus of learning how to cook meals with the ingredients they produce themselves – truly field to fork!
Roots Without Borders will build eco-libraries, schools, and farm buildings to showcase innovative modern building practices while incorporating traditional techniques and materials, to pay respect to where we came from. We will also offer hands-on internships and workshops on sustainable building.
Sustainable buildings are created using locally-sourced, renewable, and recycled materials. Eco-buildings are designed to be resource-efficient, and may include solar power generation, rainwater-catchment systems, composting toilets etc.
Roots Without Borders will design and set-up seed libraries in farming communities, and teach seed-saving workshops to ensure the craft doesn’t go extinct.
Seed libraries store and lend locally-adapted seeds – preserving unique seed varieties and agricultural biodiversity through encouraging their propagation. Proper storage of seeds is a major challenge in Ghana due to high humidity levels. So seed libraries will serve the additional purpose of ensuring that stored seeds retain their quality, by maintaining optimal humidity and temperature levels until planting season.
Roots Without Borders will develop, promote and build clean cookstoves for households and institutions.
Clean Cookstoves are more efficient and produce less emissions than the traditional open fires and inefficient stoves currently used widely in Ghana. Traditional open fires cause millions of deaths annually across the globe due to smoke-related illness, and contribute to air pollution, deforestation and climate change.
Clean Cookstoves help combat climate change by reducing the amount of fuelwood used or through utilizing alternative fuel sources that are renewable. Clean cookstoves also divert smoke away from the lungs of those cooking with them, and lower household expenditure on cooking fuel.