Report from Thomas. April 13th, 2018
I have been busy tilling the ground and transplanting my seedlings…so the corns are doing very well.
I also planted beans at the middle of every corn and they are doing very well.
We have been experiencing enough rain for the plants.
I have also transplanted spinach and kales seedlings in a small school garden and am also transplant in the other farm around 300 seedlings.
Thomas is a former St Charles Lwanga student. He graduated and because of lack of funds to go to agricultural college he took a job in a factory. Unfortunately Thomas was in a work place accident which claimed his thumb and forefinger. He was hired at the St Charles Lwanga School as caretaker and was there when partners from GoGlobal (Vermont Center for International Learning Partnerships- VCILP.) in Vermont gave him an opportunity to train with the Kenya Perma Culture Institute to learn sustainable farming. Thomas took to the initiative like a duck to water. He is continuing to learn and putting his knowledge to practical use by planting crops to supplement the school. He is also sharing his knowledge with students and also community groups. Below is his account of his latest agricultural endeavors and photos to show his progress.
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As reported by Thomas on March 23, 2018.
Brother Kennedy recently acquired piece of land at Rodi, near the Lake Victoria area, where I ploughed immediately with the help of a rented tractor within some hours. The land is an acre big it is three weeks since I planted some maize and fortunately it has been raining. Currently I am weeding the maize with the help of some women from the community. After the weeding I will plant beans, which will help the school and cut down the cost of food at the St Charles Lwanga School. I built a chicken coop where I am rearing chickens, mostly for meat and using their manure on the garden. In terms of money, I am also rearing goats, sheep, rabbits and guinea pigs and can use all this for manure. At the school compound there is a small garden where I have planted some fruits, some kales, spinach and African Night Shade seeds in nurseries. Some are ready to be transplanted and the land is already tilled where I will transplant the seedlings and I already planted onions. I also began a compost program with the women’s group, we managed this by collecting decomposable materials from the school (waste from the kitchen, papers from the books, green leaves, dry grass and leaves and waste from rabbits and guinea pigs). I am also encouraging them to make a kitchen garden to be able to sustain their families with vegetables, without using chemicals and fertilizers (organic farming). I encourage them to use manure from their compost and planting pest and insect repellent. After they are through preparing their kitchen gardens I will share the seedlings with them. Lastly am grateful to the students of Vermont university (Go Global) for donating for us a 5000 litres tank which sustain the school with water and it has helped me a lot in watering plants when the rain is not there.
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