Nutrition through food forests & gardens in Kenya

by Drylands Natural Resources Centre
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Nutrition through food forests & gardens in Kenya
Nutrition through food forests & gardens in Kenya
Nutrition through food forests & gardens in Kenya
Nutrition through food forests & gardens in Kenya
Nutrition through food forests & gardens in Kenya
Nutrition through food forests & gardens in Kenya
Nutrition through food forests & gardens in Kenya

Project Report | Jul 2, 2021
NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

By Nicholas M. Syano | CEO & Founder

INTRODUCTION

Much Greetings from DNRC family. Despite the hard economic times due to the corona virus pandemic, we still managed to continue our activities at DNRC and thus we can share with you our progress report on nutrition through food forest and gardens. Your continued support has enabled us to get this far and for that we a grateful. DNRC food forest and the school food forests continue to flourish despite minimal rains from the previous rain season. This is because our area benefits from micro climate created by the trees we have been planting since 2007. DNRC food forest is becoming mature every day and most production trees (fruit trees) are producing. They include: Pawpaw’s, oranges, bananas, passion and mull berry. Others like avocados, Mangoes, zyzigium Barchemia discolour take time and soon they will be ready. We continue to get firewood for the kitchen and fodder for the animals as we manage the food forest. (Chop and drop). DNRC gardens are doing great also and apart from feeding DNRC staff daily, we have fed over 60 people in the last three months during our trainings. During the reporting quarter, the following activities were accomplished: managing the food forest, harvesting ready fruits, add manure and mulching the production trees, putting up vegetable nurseries, managing the gardens, harvesting vegetables and selling the extras. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter

DNRC FOOD FOREST

During the reporting quarter, main activity involved adding manure and mulching the fruit trees in the food forest for fast growth. This went hand in hand with general food forest management (chop and drop) for the branches provided the mulch and the firewood went to the kitchen. Opening up the trees brings in more light. We earthed the sweet potato vines in the food forest for good yield. The following products were harvested during the reporting quarter: 3 kgs of beans, 31 pieces of passion fruits, and 8.25kgs of bananas.

DNRC KITCHEN GARDENS

During this reporting quarter, DNRC staff in charge of the gardens was busy putting up vegetable nurseries for easy access during planting time. Preparing and fertilizing sunken beds for health vegetables. They were also busy managing the gardens through weeding, Ecological Pest Management (EPM) and finally harvesting the vegetables for consumption and for sale.

CHALLENGES

Water is always a challenges since the site doesn’t have a permanent water source and depends on a seasonal river nearby. With minimal rains this season, the river also is affected and the recharge continues to slow down.

PLAN FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue harvesting vegetables and selling.
  • Put up more vegetables nurseries.
  • Continue mulching the kitchen gardens to reduce evaporation as water becomes scarce.
  • Harvest more fruits from the food forest as well as tending it.
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NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

By Nicholas M. Syano | CEO & Founder

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NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

By Nicholas M. Syano | CEO & Founder

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Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Nicholas Syano
Nairobi , Nairobi Kenya

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