A trainee admires GCA's mushroom production effort
After a while of suspense due to lack of means Green Care Association (GCA) in the month of June organized mushroom cultivation training to interested community members. Fifteen persons participated in the intensive training. At the end, the trainees pledged to become mushroom farmers. As part of the training participants were taken to GCA demonstration farm for a ‘seeing believes’ and question and answer session. This motivated the participants so much that they all decided to buy fresh as well and dried mushrooms. It was after the training that one of the participants (Sylvester) promised he is going to set up his farm soon. He reiterated that ‘even if Green Care Association at some point will surrender mushroom cultivation, I am going to keep on the cultivation and where possible involve more young people’. We are thankful for the many donations from Global Giving Friends who have helped to improve the lives of many. We at GCA are determined to continue to assisting our communities.
Partial view of the mushroom farm
Sample of mushroom harvest during training
Aug 14, 2018
Tree Education and Planting
By Njodzeka Gilbert - Coordinator
Tree species identification at GCA nursery
Green Care Association (GCA) continues with indigenous tree seeds collection, nurse and out plant with interested persons and groups. Recently, this was the case with a group that came for training at GCA Agricultural Training Centre. A session was organized to educate participants on the value of trees, when and how to plant. Trainees were thrilled and resorted to buying some tree species. One of the participants, Henry excitedly exclaimed 'so long as I am alive, I am going to plant a minimum of 10 trees every year in my family land’. His efforts to buy some 30 trees triggered GCA to donate him some additional trees. As a motivation GCA has program to execute similar programs every year to interested persons and groups for free so as to encourage the habit of tree planting with communities. We remain thankful to our Global Giving donors who keep supporting our projects such that we are able to pass on knowledge to our remote communities. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.
An 11 year old muslim girl participated actively
It was a great day - bright faces
A 12-year old girl is environmetally concious ...
Jan 12, 2018
Seed collection and Tree nursery continue
By Njodzeka Gilbert Njodzeka - Coordinator
As has been the case over the years Green Care Association (GCA) has continued with its field and practical work by collecting some local trees for its nursery. Most of the seeds collected have been sown in anticipation for germination and planting come May 2018, start season for tree planting. Seed collection has been a very reliable approach to sustaining Tree nurseries than buying. Most of the seeds collected are bee friendly, medicinal and economic value like the Croton and Prunus africana species. Right now GCA is working hard to advertise to institutions and individuals the species of trees availble for eventual planting during the wet seasons. One of the official visitor Mr Paschal from Tatum to GCA was quick to say aloud " I never could imagine for once the quantities and varieties of Trees in your nursery and above all the attached benefits after your introduction and explanations. I am happy, very happy for your good nursery. Thank you."
Because GCA has over the years sustained the nursery, many tree species that were near extinct or endangered are now common around to find to some degree. A source of inspiration to the community. We are therefore very grateful to GlobalGiving donors who have help to keep us moving on through their wonderful donations. GCA is proud of you.