Keep It Growing in Kenya
JWHS, a children’s home in Kenya, has been “green” since its formation in 2001. It took several years to revive the soil from overuse, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. But now the garden is reaping the benefits. Most of the one acre of land not in buildings is used for the production of food. The Home has chickens, dairy goats, fruit trees, herb and vegetable gardens. Almost all plants are edible, medicinal or grown for their pest repellant qualities. The gardens are not only feeding our children at the Home but also acting as a demonstration plot for organic and alternative technologies. Several years ago we installed a drip irrigation system in a small plot in the garden to stretch growing through the dry season. This system has proven ineffective due to the “cost saving methods” used; we have now installed posts for an improved irrigation system and need the funds to purchase the proper piping to make the system effective. We expect to demonstrate to the community the types of foods that can be grown throughout the year if given shade, water and mulch.
Funds are also needed to transport enough harvested mulch to provide deep cover for the 2-3 months of dry season.
Lastly, we have been increasing our flock of poultry for meat and eggs, but due to the lack of fencing we have not been able to “free range” the flock. We must keep the flock within the confines of fenced pasture and need to increase the amount of fencing to provide rotating pastures for the chickens.
In addition to feeding the children healthy food, and teaching them organic and alternative technologies, these efforts serve as a passive demonstration to the community which often leads to active educational moments as we learn and share with each other.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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