Peanuts from our Congo garden
Katie, our wonderful intern, has arrived in Mombasa, Kenya in order to spend six months working side by side with Steven to create a huge community garden and seed bank. This garden is a 50-acre plot of land which will be planted with carrots, tomatoes, onion, kale, pumpkins, beans, peas, peanuts, fruit and maringa trees, and a slew of other vegetables.
While Katie and Steven (the local nutritionist) will head up the project, the work will be carried out mostly by community volunteers who will benefit from the harvest. Most of the volunteers are guardians of HIV+ children. Children will help with weeding and harvesting on weekends so that this work will not interfere with their school work. What a neat way to learn about gardening and about how to grow their own food! I know that my own children have enjoyed watching our garden grow each year, helping with weeding and watering and taking great pride as they eat a vegetable they helped grow from seed to fruit and can imagine that the children in Mombasa will feel the same.
The seed bank will be created so that in years to come, AFCA will not need to fund seeds any longer and so that the community will have their own store of organically grown seeds.
I look forward to posting photos and updates as I receive them from Katie. We will be sure to keep you abreast of what is happening with the garden, with trainings, with planning, and with all the good things happening in that community.