PAF Vegetable Garden

As you probably remember we moved our greenhouses to PAF Center a while ago. This turned out to be very convenient for everyone.

Now we decided to try again with a vegetable garden. So we are now planting our veggies and fixing the shade net to our garden. This has been long in the making and is bearing fruit as all materials are available.

 

But don’t think all this has been easy. We used some of the money that PAF raised through donations and the annual fees of our supporting members to buy what was missing. But getting the materials from A to B to Chinkonono was a bit of a struggle. Some of those huge poles had to travel for more than 15km on an ox cart. Hard work.

We are using this project to educate members on effective vegetable farming and flower gardening. Kids and youths from Chinkonono can come to PAF Center and learn how to plant and take care of different types of seedlings and also when and how to harvest and re-plant.

 

Also the garden will be used as a means to raise funds by selling our products at PAF Market. We are planting cabbage, onions, sugar loaf, tomatoes and many other vegetables suitable for the climate and which can be consumed by local people.

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PAF Vegetable Garden

Planting A Future is rocking the District Agriculture Show

It is show time. After the big success we had at the first show Planting A Future was invited to the District Agriculture show.

That meant we had to prepare a much better booth with more info material like posters and pictures, but also samples of breadfruit and all the other trees we raise in our nursery. A lot of work to do. And as you all know: TIA…This Is Africa. Things turned out difficult.

But thanks to our friends from the Breadfruit Institueย we managed to get some brand new posters with lots of informations.

One of our great posters we got from BFI
One of our great posters we got from BFI

Also we had maps made that show the areas of the world where breadfruit can grow. And we could finally get some stickers and tags to label all our trees we raise in the nursery and of course the breadfruit samples.

We had stickers and maps made
We had stickers and maps made
We made little tags to exhibit breadfruit and other trees in our nursery
We made little tags to exhibit breadfruit and other trees in our nursery

With all those eye catchers our booth really stood out at the show and was drawing people. We were busy talking to interested people all the time.

Explaning about Planting A Future
Explaning about Planting A Future
Connecting and explaining
Connecting and explaining

One of our absolute highlights was that we, for the first time, were cooking with the breadfruit flour. Tandi fried some breadfruit fritters to hand out to people at the show and as sample. We were so excited to have the first taste of breadfruit.

Tandi frying Breadfruit fritters
Tandi frying Breadfruit fritters
Wesley is the lucky one to get the first taste of Breadfruit fritters
Wesley is the lucky one to get the first taste of Breadfruit fritters

We recieved a lot of positive feedback from visitors and official people. Our booth is unique. Although no award was given to Planting A Future this time we still got invited to the provincial show in Livingstone on July 15th. Its is a huge success for us to move up another level.

Our booth is drawing people
Our booth is drawing people

And more great news, though nothing official yet: People in charge of the shows are telling us to get ready for the national show. Breadfruit is sensational here! ๐Ÿ™‚

We are all overwhelmed by these positive reactions and feedback!

Planting A Future is rocking the District Agriculture Show

3-2-1-Splash!

Breaking News: last week we could finally launch our water system. So we had a little opening ceremony with Bruni starting the pump. Check the video of theย dedication and openingย ceremonyย to see for yourself. (This time it is in English and German language) We are all very happy and humbled. Thank you so much to all our donors and sponsors, supporters and helpers, to all our volunteers. A dream came true! We still can’t really believe that now we will be able to water our plants all year round.

3-2-1-Splash!

THANK YOU SO MUCH – Successful first Fundraising Campaign

We are so happy to start the new year with some big THANKS! Our fundraising campaign around Christmas was so successful and went far beyond our expectations. We collected an incredible amount of 3.510 Euros.

We do not have words to describe how much we appreciate your donations.

Special thanks go to our donors in Germany! Thank you so much! And thank you to Bruni and Julie for all your help and support.

We will now make plans on how to best use the money for all the items we need so urgently.ย We will post updates all along.

Happy New Year. 2015 will be a fantastic year indeed.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! WITHOUT YOU WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PLANT A FUTURE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH – Successful first Fundraising Campaign

Moving to the next level

Planting a Future is moving to another level. Today we recieved the first donations and were able to buy the first urgently needed materials.
We are so humbled by the funding from our German volunteers. Thumbs up Bruni, Julie and of course all the generous people who donated for our cause. We are truely planting a future here ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy man with his toys...uhhh tools ;)
Happy man with his toys…uhhh tools ๐Ÿ˜‰
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We bought a wheelbarrow and barbed wire. The wheelbarrow is for ferrying soil for seedlings from the river and the barbed wire is for keeping goats, cows and pigs from the seedlings. We could not afford shade netting yet. But at least the risk of the seedlings being eaten is low now ๐Ÿ˜‰
Moving to the next level

Some thoughts and thanks…

Its hectic but worth it…coz we planting the future. Thumbs up to Diane Ragone for donating the seedlings, the Butterfly Tree Charity for thier support, Brad and Connie for thier moral and spiritual support, Julie for her insight and passion for the project, Josh Schneider, Garry and Blair for thier tireless efforts…this story is incomplete without you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

Members of this group are requested to share ideas on how best to do this noble project. Every idea is welcome guys! Mine!! Though weird ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lets encourage bathroom orchards. Why? Every home in the village has a bathshelter and it is used everyday. So waste water just flows or sinks into the ground. Some homes have planted a few bananas and pawpaws behind bathrooms and they flourish ๐Ÿ™‚ What of bathroom breadfruit trees !

No ultra mordern greenhouse, no hitech equipment. But we are planting the future the best way we can. We share and beg and by the end of 3yrs there will be food for our sisters and brothers.

Some thoughts and thanks…