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Dec 1, 2019

Increasing the space of our tree nursery

The new tree nursery in Faidanana
The new tree nursery in Faidanana

In anticipation of increased demand for tree seedlings since we started our improved cookstove project, we moved the tree nursery in both villages to the school grounds. This greatly increased the available space of the growing area.

In the past decade, our gardeners had the plant nursery right next to their respective houses. They could keep a watchful eye on their seedlings, literally in their backyard. But by the same token, space was limited inside the village.

Moving the (tree) nursery to the school, has the additional benefit that the students can be directly involved with growing, tending, and watering all seedlings for the reforestation project. This direct involvement in growing seedlings for our reforestation is in addition to their school gardens, where they grow food to eat.

There is one thing we can’t do much about yet: the weather. Madagascar was at the time of moving the nursery in the school yard still in the dry season (which makes not such great photos). Seedlings need water, our gardeners assure us, and that with the start of the rainy season seedlings and subsequent tree planting will take off.

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New Tree Nursery and school garden in Faidanana
New Tree Nursery and school garden in Faidanana
Master gardener Jean in his new tree nursery
Master gardener Jean in his new tree nursery
New tree nursery Fiarenana
New tree nursery Fiarenana
Moringa seedlings in the new tree nursery
Moringa seedlings in the new tree nursery
Moringa seedling growing well
Moringa seedling growing well

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Dec 1, 2019

Rabbits, small enough but plentiful

Rabbits - the new microcredit breeding project
Rabbits - the new microcredit breeding project

Our Microcredit projects have had very mixed results over the years. We will need to sit down by the end of the year with our new coordinator and have a close look at the successes and failures.

But: there is always a new project in the works. In consultation with an agricultural specialist, his recommendation was simple: breed rabbits. Pigs can easily become the target of the unfortunately more and more common raids by cattle thieves (dahalo), because they are big and can be herded. Rabbits are too small to be of any interest for a cattle thief, since they fetch a small price and cannot just be herded away.

But rabbits can either be eaten or sold during the holiday season in the next town. And rabbits multiply proverbially fast. This time we started small and took a different approach this time. Each school will get one pair of rabbits if and only if the community has built a rabbit house in the schoolyard. Once the rabbits start to multiply, interested villagers can come to the school, learn the ins and outs of rabbit breeding and only then receive their own pair.

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making the bricks for the 'rabbit house'
making the bricks for the 'rabbit house'
Digging for clay on site for the bricks
Digging for clay on site for the bricks

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Nov 30, 2019

Growing plants you can eat

Schoolgarden and tree nursery in Fairenana
Schoolgarden and tree nursery in Fairenana

The concept of the school gardens also underwent a change for the new school year with the input of our new teachers. In keeping with the philosophy that our school is more than learning the ABC, this year’s focus will to be planting ‘things’ they can eat for their school breakfast. Cassava, sweet potatoes, corn and greens will be grown with the help of our gardeners, who will playing a more active role in the curriculum again working with our new teachers. The food will be cooked on the premises in our school’s improved cookstoves.

In our school in Fiadanana the school garden was moved behind the old school, right next to the new and expanded tree nursery. In Fiarenana the school garden is still on the other side of the small school house.

In anticipation of increased demand for tree seedlings since we started our improved cookstove project, we moved our tree nursery in both villages to the school grounds. This greatly increased the available space for the growing area for tree seedlings, allowing the gardeners to grow many more tree seedlings.

Moving the (tree) nursery to the school, has the additional benefit that the students can be directly involved with growing, tending, and watering all seedlings for the reforestation project. This direct involvement in growing seedlings for our reforestation is in addition to their school gardens, where they grow food to eat.

In the past decade our gardeners had the plant nursery right next to their respective house. They could keep a watchful eye on their seedlings, literally in the backyard. But by the same token, space was limited inside the village.

There is one thing we can’t do much about yet: the weather. Madagascar was at the time of moving the nursery in the school yard still in the dry season (which makes not such great photos). Our schoolgarden In Fiadanana has just been moved to its new location and since the new school year just started the teacher said: "Besides seeds in the ground, covered by dirt, there is not much to see yet"

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The schoolgarden in Fiarenana
The schoolgarden in Fiarenana
The schoolgarden in Fiarenana 2019
The schoolgarden in Fiarenana 2019
The new school garden behind the old school
The new school garden behind the old school
The new school garden Sept. 2019
The new school garden Sept. 2019

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