• Plastering

    My wrist is finally good to go for plastering so I got out of what Mikey referred to as the prison cell to help with the plastering of the cook's bedroom.  It's a super messy job and it's super fun!  Especially when you cram 6 guys in a tiny room.   On our way back, we hung out with Francis,one...

  • Harambe = Togetherness

    Fundraising is an event that happens all over the world; it takes different forms and is used for various reasons; and interestingly it is an event and thing that we, as Alpine Initiatives, have spent a lot of time recently thinking about. So it was very fitting for us to be involved in a couple in Meru, where they are...

  • Bikes and bikes.

    This year, we welcomed three new members to our AI family in Meru.  The Amani Crusader, Kukukachoo The Locomo Bike, and Miriam. These are the bikes we decided to buy and use as our mode of transportation to and from work. The buying of the bikes turned out to be an adventure in itself only highlighting the adventures that lay...

  • London

    A stop though one of our favorite cities to have a connection.
  • Farm Visit #4 Morioki's Farm

    We recently went on a visit to a local farm. We were AMAZED by what we found and excited about how we could translate our findings to KACH.
  • Permaculture Demo at Ayub's

    23 farmers came yesterday to watch a impromptu demonstration of permaculture and bio intensive farming. When we arrived in the morning I was a little worried it would be just me, Ayub, JP and Mikey.... But sure enough people started coming in from every direction. We sat in the shade of the banana trees and went over basic principals. All...

  • Farm Visit #3 CHUGU

     I was cordially invited to one of Chugu's( my favorite village) weekly meetings to discuss organic farming as well as go visit some of the local shambas.  The lay of the land is hilly and lush and somehow feels cozy, a place where you could settle into. Chad and I had been in October last year with Karambu to give them...

  • Farm Visit #2

    We headed to a much drier region just east of Meru with Sally Kims a friend of Ayub's.  She has been working in agriculture with the help of Farmer's Helping Farmer's  for the last 10 years on different programs. A water tank initiative, a forestry program and most recently a crop diversification program. We went to visit one of their...

  • Auction Day

    Every now and then Kenyans get together for their own fund-raisers in the form of auctions. These are to raise money for weddings, for operations, for whatever. We happened to have the chance to attend one of these auctions.
  • Kids

    I pretend that coming to Kenya and working is an easy venture, one that I don't need motivation for and one that is a reward in itself. This is true to a certain extent as it is all that and more, yet sometimes it becomes a bit overwhelming. The one consistent thing that continually brings me joy, provides motivation, and...

  • school visit

    We decided before arriving in Kenya that we were not that stoked on doing super touristy things. Instead, our interests were focused on further imbedding ourselves into the town we have grown to love, Meru. The highest priority on this list was to visit our friend, our first friend in Meru, Dennis. He is a 13 year old boy who...

  • Green Roof in Meru!

    Last night on our school excursion to visit Karamana's son we passed a green roof!!!!!  I was hoping I would be able to create the first one in Kenya, alas a mira farmer, frustrated with being too hot to work thought it up and even a rad watering system with bottles and cans to boot!

  • Cassava Hunting

    After beginning a bio intensive and permaculture garden next door to Karamana's kitchen where it would go to good use and be a wonderful demonstration, we went on a hunt for cassava, a native food rich with a history.Karamana has a good patch and we harvested two long roots, washed them in the river and went back to her cozy...

  • Dusty Farm Visit

    Today we went to visit Ripples Farm. It was somewhat weird and desolate as they have run out of funding and are in the process of completing a hospital. The farm which they started 1 yr ago is on the hospital site which is a large flat piece of land with a massive building (the hospital) several goat sheds and...

  • on tour with Simon

    It's always a delight to take a stroll around the grounds of KACH or through the community of Kithoka with our friend Simon who is the Head Gardener at KACH.
  • Pictures for old friends

    The lack of photographic resources make pictures a rarity over in Kenya. You will often see one or two small pictures hung proudly on the walls of the locals' homes. It is a privilege to be able to share photos with our friends.
  • Big Day

    Today was a big day! Ayub brought some new plants from the nursery. I had asked for more edibles so we could not only make the upper gardens beautiful but also productive. We placed and planted for a few hours in the morning. Then it was off to a bee keepers meeting with Simon at the IPI office. Karamana and Simon...

  • Not bad Colorado!

    That's it for the "Alpine-Initiatives-good-time-for-a-good-cause-last-minute-totally-winging-it-fundraiser-Colorado-tour!" The three parties brought us a total of $3000, raising our current total to $7000!  We still need to raise more money in order to complete our projects in Kenya but this will be enough to buy materials and hire a crew to start working on the KACH dinning room... and now, Mikey, Lisa and...

  • Good vibes in Boulder

    Our last stop in Boulder was very mellow, to say the least.  Mikey and I were still trying to recover for the 80's dance night and we knew that we had gotten the word out too late to expect a large number of people.  Instead of canceling the "event" (I hesitate to call it an event..!), we decided to go...

  • Second Colorado fundraiser party

    Mikey decided to make this party an 80's dance night....  I didn't have any 80s clothes with me but the Vail locals were more then happy to hook me up with an outrageous looking pink shirt....  Lots of dancing, lots of prizes... good times!  Vail totally made it happen.Photos by Creative WerdBig thanks to Vendettas, Orage, Armada, Alaska Heliskiing, Oakley, The...