Friday, January 16, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The challenge of accessing capital for their farmers was also brought up. Leaders agreed that if the farmers knew how to plan and how to use their local resources, farm yields would increase. Importantly, many farmers don't believe that compost can provide sufficient soil nutrients to grow their crops. Leaders realized that the use of compost was not uniform among farmers, which leads to varied results.
We agreed on a strategy that would help farmers minimize their farming costs by using local resources in the best way possible. Fertilizer would be reduced in favor of compost, but farmers would need to be trained in how to make and use compost first. Use of pesticides would be stopped by maintaining clean, brush-free environments surrounding their gardens.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
One of the best ways to learn a new skill is to see it in practice. That's why AWP operates a demonstration garden at Mziza. Today we brought 13 farmers from Mphimbi Village to see how we farm and irrigate our crops. This visit will provide a grand of reference for the trainings to come and hopefully inspire them to innovate and go beyond the typical vegetable garden.
They saw the layout of our garden, the windmill and tank, and how we prepare manure throughout the year. At a nearby Mziza club garden, the visitors had a chance to use a rope pump and water a pea garden.
The Mphimbi farmers will bite formulate goals for themselves and their club as a whole. As they look into their food requirements at home, they will have a picture in their minds of how they can manage to grow that much food.