First heard of Willie Smits from Paul's permaculture playing cards, and was impressed by the facts on the card. Then, I was truly inspired by the presentations Willie Smits gave at PV1 last March. There, he spoke of the relatively replicable nature of the sugar palm silviculture system to other regions, as well as the potential of being able to ship Masarang's Village Hub energy factories elsewhere. I do PDC teaching in Africa, mainly Uganda thus far, and would be interested to know the cost of such a Village Hub system, as well as the estimated payoff period if the system is fully utilized. Also, where is a good seed source for the sugar palm tree Masarang is using (Arenga Pinnata, I think)? Does Masarang sell the seeds internationally?
Thanks Willie Smits for all you do! You too Paul and Jocelyn!