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 | Oct 18, 2023
Nutrition Through Food Forest and Kitchen Gardens

By Nicholas Syano | CEO & Founder

DNRC diverse Kitchen garden
DNRC diverse Kitchen garden

INTRODUCTION

Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) continues to endeavour towards achieving her vision of Sustainable and resilient communities in the drylands. We are achieving this through participatory delivering on food forests and organic kitchen gardens among over 800 smallholders’ farmers and 18 schools we work with. Food forests and kitchen gardens are key components of permaculture and agro ecology practices we promote at DNRC for not only food and nutritional security but also for sovereignty in the drylands of Kenya. With the raising cases of food and nutritional insecurity accompanied by related diseases, we can only turn to sustainable practices to produce healthy foods for our farmers and schools we work with while taking care of our soils and environment. DNRC train both farmers and schools on importance of both food forests and organic kitchen gardens and how to establish and manage them. It also maintains DNRC food forests and kitchen gardens for sufficient supply of heathy vegetables to both staff, visitors and interns and selling extra vegetables and fruits for income. DNRC food forest and gardens also act as demonstration farm. Your continued financial support has contributed to this success we are sharing today and thus we say thank you. Below are detailed activities carried out during the reporting quarter.

DNRC FOOD FOREST 

During this reporting quarter, DNRC staff in charge of the food forest was busy preparing for the upcoming rains by adding more manure to the production trees as well as preparing more holes to plant more cover crops. We were also busy managing the food forest through chop and drop and mulching from the pruning.

DNRC KITCHEN GARDENS

During this reporting period, we continued to manage our kitchen gardens as well as establishing new beds for expansion. For resilience, we promote diversity and our kitchen gardens have the following different vegetables: Kales, Spinach, capsicum, coriander Amaranths, cowpeas, carrots, black night shade among others.  DNRC has also incorporated the following herbs in the organic kitchen garden so as to increase the nutritional and health benefits within the institution; Rosemary, mint, lemon grass, siege, celery, ginger and garlic which also acts as pest repellent. Activities carried on during this reporting period were: watering, Integrated Pest management and mulching.

CHALLENGES

  • Water has remained our major challenge since we have no permanent source of water at the site. We continue to appeal for a borehole to serve DNRC and also the community.

PLAN FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue working on the food forests
  • Farmers trainings and follow ups
  • Expansion of kitchen gardens
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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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