March 15, 2018
Between Kumasi and Mole National Park, there is a sweet little spot doing a lot of good called the Ghana Premaculture Institute.
The focus of the Premaculture Institute is increasing sustainability in Ghana. They aim to sustain and meet human needs through organically producing products and conducting research on natural antibiotics for their chickens. I think my favorite part was to get to see where they distill their essential oils like Citronella and Lemon Grass and then where they distill their Moringa! It’s actually really cool – Lush Cosmetics (one of my favorite companies ever) invested in the Premaculture Institute and is one of their largest buyers for the Moringa oil!
This is where they distill the essential oils. The distillery looks a lot like a moonshine distillery – I wouldn’t know from personal experience but thank you Moonshiners! Sadly, citronella and lemon grass are not in season we couldn’t see the distillation or buy any!
Through a very complicated process involving fly larvae, chicken poop and a lot of fun things like that, natural antibiotics are made and fed to some of the chickens on the property. We got to see the difference between the chickens being fed the antibiotics and the ones not and the changes were very visible.
They believe the saying “one man’s waste is another man’s treasure” which is why they build an entire house out of tires. Rubber is everywhere here which is just as sad as the plastic so here, at the Premaculture institute, they stacked their used tires and filled it in with cement and now someone lives there!
ALSO – LOOK HOW CUTE THESE LITTLE BABY PINEAPPLES ARE!!!!
I don’t remember what these are called but apparently they cure cancer! I am pretty sure just about every exotic fruit in this country cures cancer. I’m still waiting for the research to back this though.
Here is where they extract the Moringa oil that they sell to Lush!
Through another really complicated process full of saw dust, heating, cooling, storing for 30 days and some other scientific jazz, they grow mushrooms!
Here is the cute little bottle of Moringa Oil I bought!
I know this might have been a little boring but I hope you were entertained you for at least a few minutes!