You guys probably know that we do have our greenhouse and plantations. Right? Right. Up till the end of 2016 those places were located close to Lloyd’s house as to always have someone to watch over them and make sure our plants and belongings are safe.
Now that we started PAF Community Center the idea came up that it makes sense to move our greenhouse and fields and plantations to the Center grounds.
And guess what? That is exactly what we have been doing in the past weeks. Moving the greenhouse is one thing. But clearing the space for new fields and plantations and preparing those for the new planting season is another.
Working this dry and hard soil is a tough job. Everyone helped with that.
So basically our “garden” has now moved close to PAF center. And to make sure all is safe we had to fence the greenhouse and grounds as well.
As soon as we have solved the issue of securing our belongings at PAF Center we will also move the water tank and pipes and set them up there for irrigation purposes. But for now those remain close to Lloyd’s house to keep them safe.
And now that planting season started we can grow our plants at our PAF grounds. Pretty cool, huh?
So lets just say that things have been moving in Chinkonono 😉
Surely you remember that Planting A Future just recently donated fruit trees to Singwamba clinic and school. As it is in the African bush animals are hungry too and enjoy some fresh and sweet fruits or juicy green leaves. So to protect our seedlings it is necessary to build fences around them. So Planting A Future taught Singwamba pupils how to build a living fence for their orchard.
Since time immemorial the abbysinian myrrh tre has played a pivotal role in the life of Tongas. It has been used both as a religious symbol of continuity and as a hedge to keep goats, chickens and pigs away from homesteads. It was also used to protect trees and vegetables from being eaten by livestock.
It is in this vein that Planting A Future has captaised on this knowledge and is now encouraging schools and homes with orchards to make living fences around them.
The abyssinian myrrh or paperback tree is ideal for this as it does not easily rot or is eaten by termites. Once cut and planted in the soil the stem begins to sprout and within two months you don’t only have a hedge protecting your pawpaws and guavas but also living plants adding beauty and greenery to your home.
The religious among us can select the most beautiful stem and put a string of white beads as a welcome sign to spirits of departed forefathers.
Ok there we go as Planting A Future is bringing back lost knowledge in order to ensure food security in our village.
We are very happy to announce that we have 2 new schools in our programme. Currently we are helping them with clearing land to make room for orchards.
The schools are very different as you can see here:
Pupils of both schools are now clearing land. They are all willing to help. It is fantastic to see how motivated everyone is and how interested in learning about plants and fruits and nutritious food.
Also the parents are taking part in the preparations. They now make a compost dump for the school orchard. The compost manure will be used to fertilise the soil where the seedlings will be planted.
And besides working on the orchards we took the chances of integrated lessons 😉 It was a fantastic opportunity to teach the kids about measuring, ecology/biodiversity and horticulture.
Planting A Future is proud to see all this progress and how well people react to our programme. The same week we started working with Nazibula School and Mayobo Community School we heard about another school that is interested in working with us. Pupils from Singwamba School requested for mango and orange tree seedlings for their orchard.
Sometimes you just have to be lucky. While we were working hard to clear the area for our new greenhouse one of our volunteers unearthed some sweet beet roots. That was a happy discovery because you can use those roots to make syrup and even beverages. It is very healthy and can be used for medicine as well.
Just keep on digging in, Ladies! Maybe there is more too find here in our rich zambian soil. 🙂