Our Food forest Phase 1 has been doing so well. We have been getting food -especially vegetables from it, enough for all women and children. From the matching that we got from little by little campaign, we were able to do an assessment for our food forest phase 1. We engaged external permaculture experts; two external evaluators, James Kamau-who is a permaculture consultant and an experienced organic farmer and a trainer and Sheena Sha (a facilitator and the CEO, Harvesting for Good East Africa), contracted to do the evaluation of the food forest and they both made separate reports with recommendations. The different evaluators were very helpful as they shared different significant recommendations from their reports that were very helpful, and we integrated them in our new food forest phase II that we established during this project. After the assessment, we got a funding to do our second food forest workshop. The participants learnt and practically worked on phase II. The shelter participants were tasked to continue taking care of the food forest. Continuous weekly assessments were to be done for the two phases of food forest so as to keep on monitoring the progress of the crops and trees planted. Jame Kagwe, the lead facilitator was to do some assessment after three months to check on overall performance of the food forest layers and advise the shelter accordingly. It was agreed for the Phase one and two Food Forests to be monitored regularly in order to understand how the system develops over time to inform for soil enrichment, vegetation and animal biodiversity, carbon sequestration and production.
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