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 | Jun 20, 2023
Nutrition through food forests and kitchen gardens

By Nicholas Mutuku Syano | CEO & Founder

DNRC kitchen garden
DNRC kitchen garden

INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural resources Centre (DNRC) We are pleased to once again share our quarterly report on nutrition through food forest and gardens in Kenya. With the raising cases of lifestyle diseases both in children and grownups, DNRC is keen on issues of nutrition and has embarked on promoting health nutrition by making sure, communities know where their food comes from and how it has been managed.  A mong many approaches to achieve this effort, DNRC has chosen kitchen gardening and food forest and it endeavours to train more and more households to embrace the same for their food. DNRC continue to manage kitchen gardens and food forest to support interns, visitors and DNRC staff with healthy diets.  During the reporting quarter, we were busy harvesting beans from the food forest which were planted as part of cover crop in the food forest. We were also busy managing the food forest through chop and drop so as to open up for enough light for the production trees for fast growth and production. During the reporting quarter, we were busy also putting up new gardens as well as managing the existing gardens mostly through watering and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

DNRC FOOD FOREST

During the reporting quarter, we were busy managing the food forest mostly on pruning (chop and drop), manuring and weeding. DNRC staff has also been busy harvesting food crops planted in the food forest in March rains and were able to harvest 8kg of beans, and 6kgs of bananas and 50 kg of vegetables.

DNRC KITCHEN GARDEN

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff responsible for DNRC kitchen gardens were busy managing the gardens with major activities being watering, Integrated pest management, harvesting and selling vegetables.

CHALLENGES

Sustainable water source for DNRC expanding activities remains the main challenge

FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue managing the existing kitchen gardens
  • Renew some kitchen gardens
  • Harvest the remaining food crops from the food forest
  • Manuring of the production trees in the food forest.
DNRC kitchen garden 2
DNRC kitchen garden 2
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Organization Information

Drylands Natural Resources Centre

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

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