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.
You know how Planting A Future started out, right? Supplying fruit trees to vulnerable households and institutions?
We still do that. Just recently Lloyd went on a little tour to Singwamba Primary School and Singwamba Clinic to deliver the donated trees.
As you can imagine everyone was really excited and curious. So lots of people gathered at both spots when Lloyd showed up. Lloyd took the time to explain everything about the new trees: how to plant, how to take care of the seedlings, how and when to water them.
The kids at Singwamba Primary School got a free gardening lesson as well. Lloyd showed them how to choose a good spot for their school’s orchard and where to plant each tree to benefit best. He also explained how to plan and do the digging and planting. So after theoretical knowledge was gained it was all about getting the hands dirty and plant and water the little trees. Each and everyone helped, full of enthusiasm. 🙂 Those little guys can’t wait to have juicy and yummy fruits for lunch!
But also the Singwamba Clinic recieved some seedlings. Especially for a clinic it is important to offer nutritious food to the patients. Malnutrition very often affects sick people even worse than healthy ones because the side effects of medication worsen too.
Lloyd helped the clinic’s staff to plant the trees and explained all about them. He put extra focus on the moringa seedlings because, as you might know, this superfood is used to treat so many diseases is very nutritious. So Lloyd talked a lot to the women at Singwamba Clinic to explain and educate about the importance and use of Moringa as food and medicine. Especially for the maternity wing it was a very interesting day.
What a day for Singwamba people! We are very happy to have started 2 orchards around there. In just a few months they will be able to harvest their first Moringa leaves. And soon the first home grown fruits will be served for the patients and kids 🙂