Julien Levy, Seeding Malawi
At age 16, Julien Levy sits on the executive board of the 4-H Million Trees Project (4-HMTP), leads 4-HMTP’s teen division, and is one of the recipients of a Pollination Project 2015 Youth Environmental Grant. While working as a volunteer to establish tree nurseries around Lilongwe, Malawi, Julien was surprised by the high rates of food insecurity and hunger that many of Malawi’s children face on a day-to-day basis.
These experiences led Julien to launch Seeding Malawi, an initiative to create permaculture gardens at schools throughout the country. Participating villages will set aside a football field-sized plot of land on school grounds and will be given instruction in permaculture techniques by student volunteers from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Science (LUANAR ). Each garden will not only provide food for up to 3,000 children, but will also serve as a means of teaching best practice permaculture and agriculture techniques to youth and the communities they live in.
Julien describes the project’s overarching goals by stating, “Sustainable agriculture, food security, feeding hungry kids and nutrition education – that’s what Seeding Malawi is all about.”
For more information, please visit Seeding Malawi’s Facebook page.
2015 YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT RECIPIENT