This was my fourth Malawi trip with F2F
and I’m very excited to see the success of the Victory Garden campaign–we now have tangible results that show that sustainable change is happening in the most impoverished country in the world.
In short, F2F provides training in permaculture gardening techniques, a new model for planting small family gardens right next to homes, and train-the-trainer education to enable villagers to train their neighbors.
And it’s working: over 2,000 family gardens created in the past year. Our goal is a tenfold increase this year. Seeing firsthand how families in Malawi can support and feed themselves by embracing new ideas was truly inspirational. I’m excited about seeing the effort expand in Malawi and elsewhere. This trip inspired me as well to start my own small garden this spring (a container garden on our balcony).
My ultra marathon training continued in Africa, albeit with less structure, with a fantastic mountain hike in Malawi and a series of outstanding runs in Cape Town.
I did my first 3-hour run of the year this week and look forward to running the Zürich Marathon in early April. I still haven’t returned to my speed from 8 years ago, but each week brings micro-victories, which when recognized, create fire to burn through the moments of struggle!