Botanica Ethiopia

On the wireless: Herbs, health and biodiversity

Our very own Lizzie d’Avigdor spoke on Ethiopian radio recently about her research, biodiversity and the development of the Botanica Ethiopia project in Fiche. From household gardens to a flourishing community ‘pharmacy’ of medicinal herbs, hear how a… Read More

All abuzz in Fiche

Seated against the rammed-earth walls of Werkalemahu and Banchi’s home, we’re handed a plate of thick yellow honey with chunks of dabo bread straight from the fire. “Enebela (Let’s eat)!” says Werkalemahu. “This is the purest, from the… Read More

Who makes the best tella in town?

In Fiche, many women make tella beer or areke, a spirit similar to Italian grappa, to supplement the family income. While caring for young children, tending the home and family land, they will boil and ferment barley and… Read More

Honey and herbs: How Etse Fewus are working for a sweet future in Fiche

Some time ago, the Etse Fewus cooperative put to us the idea of bringing bees to their medicinal herb garden in Fiche. A healthy swarm could help pollinate the herbs, they said, and provide an important extra source… Read More

Fiche in January

A snapshot of our visit to the beautiful Etse Fewus (healing herbs) garden earlier this year … A living pharmacy in Fiche — Botanica Ethiopia, 2015 from May Slater on Vimeo.

From the ground up: growing herbs with altitude

High above the Jemma River,  three hours from Addis Ababa, we walk a rocky path between houses made of mud and young eucalypts. Gule, one of the founding members of the Etse Fewus ‘Healing Plants’ association is leading… Read More

Cool runnings

Thanks to all who supported the Botanica Ethiopia team at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival recently. This time we joined 34,000 runners across beautiful Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise money for the Living Pharmacy project in Fiche. And… Read More

Herbs to Market

In February, the Rift plateau country around Fiche town is coloured with red aloe flowers and eucalypts. It was market Sunday, and after meeting Gule and Emayu for a raw meat lunch, we left the spices, tuktuks and… Read More

Granny goes extra mile for Botanica Ethiopia

She did it! With a little help from her friends, Granny Emmie made it across the finish line and came THIRD in her age group. Being 89 was no deterrent to her determination or stamina.  A little credit… Read More

Granny racing for Ethiopia this Sunday!

Emmie and the ‘Granny Yankers’ warm up! Lizzie’s 89-year-old mother has registered in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival this weekend to raise money for Botanica Ethiopia. But she isn’t actually running! Two crazy Americans, Kristin Gomes and Erin… Read More