The rainy season is over and the children and farm staff are preparing for several months of hot, dry weather. They are covering the open beds to protect the soil and setting up kitchen gardens close to ponds and greywater from washing.
We had a good run of vegetables for the garden and the cooler has been put to good use. We grew long green beans, lots of garlic and spring onions, eggplants in many varieties. The staff has been learning how to make tomato sauce from all our extra tomatoes. The children love spaghetti as a treat with the fresh tomatoes.
It has been a very rewarding experience watching the children learn how to grow their own food. This is a skill that will last them a lifetime. Sustainable farming practices help ensure food security for our children, and their future families as they grow.
The children are also learning about biochar, how important it is to make biochar with crop waste and return the biochar back to the soil. Keeping the soils healthy and alive leads to better crop production and higher quality foods.
"When we grow our own vegetables we know they have no chemicals and they taste good."
"I learned to make biofertilizer and a natural weed killer in school and now we use them in our gardens."
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