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

Veggie Trial and Error …

One of our aims was to build up a communal veggie garden where we could raise veggies for sale and consumption and also teach people how to grow certain veggies to educate them and pass on the knowledge.

Unfortunately this project failed as such due to lack of water and the heat spell. We had planted seedlings in our green house and around it. These grew well until the river dried up. It was difficult to get water for the trees since people had to walk kilometres to fetch it. The heat spell destroyed the seedlings remaing.

This doesn’t mean we have given up on the whole veggie thing. Having failed to have the garden, we now shared the seeds amongst our PAF members and each planted in his or her garden.

The seeds we manage to get from those plants we will be used for next planting season. And people will alway bring back a share of the seeds to PAF so that we can keep on providing at least our community with healthy veggies.

Also we plan to exhibit the veggies and seeds alongside our trees and products at the upcoming agriculture shows this year.

We already planted new seeds into the fields at the onset of the rainy season. Look at how nice those veggies grow. Thanks again to our sponsors from Germany and Hawaii for making this possible. πŸ™‚

Pumpkins
Pumpkins
Squash
Squash
Zucchini
Zucchini
Veggie Trial and Error …

The strong ones reach out for the weak…

Planting A Future…that is not just sacrificing. But also bringing joy, hope and food to those who need it.

One very good example is Bina Eliza (mother to Eliza). She suffers from asthma and can barely support her family.

Look at her smile...we help change her life
Look at her smile…we help change her life

So Planting A Future gave her a few packs of veggie seeds. She now grows them and then sells the veggies to drunks and poor people. That way she earns a bit of money to buy maize to feed her own family.

Bina Eliza got seeds to grow veggies and sell them to support her family
Bina Eliza got seeds to grow veggies and sell them to support her family

That is the salt behind what we do. It is all about the poor…the stronger ones reach outto support the weak.

Fun Fact: Zambians don’t seem to like the slightly bitter taste of those kinds of turnips. So they just grow them, sell them to Europeans in town and use the leaves for cooking. πŸ˜‰

The strong ones reach out for the weak…

Our veggie garden…and some plans

After the stress of all those agriculture shows now it has been a bit quiet for a while until summer break in Lloyds school. During this time we were thinking about the next steps and new perspectives.

But als we made big progress in planting our communal veggie garden. We started out with some test trials to find out if and how the veggies react to zambian weather…remember, it is winter time there now.

Now have a look at the results:

look at this big garden
look at this big garden

Grime also went out there to have a look at the garden and was more than happy about the results and how well all the veggies grow already.

Happy about how the veggies turned out
Happy about how the veggies turned out
PAF project manager Grime Milandu inspecting our communal garden
PAF project manager Grime Milandu inspecting our communal garden
Veggie experts ;)
Veggie experts πŸ˜‰

Of course we also started to help local women. For example our Planting A Future memvber Mrs Munsaka recived a few packets of seeds. Dont they look healthy and yummy?

Mrs Munsaka, one of our members, got two packets of carrots. She planted them and see the results :)
Mrs Munsaka, one of our members, got two packets of carrots. She planted them and see the results πŸ™‚

We are now making use of the school break to get ready for planting season. So we planted new fruit tree seedlings to provide further schools soon.

Preparing for the planting season...fruit tree seedlings for schools
Preparing for the planting season…fruit tree seedlings for schools

Right now we are all working on plans on how to make Planting A Future a self-sustaining Charity and create jobs. One idea is to plant different types of veggies like cowpeas or carrots or maize and give seeds to people to grow them in our behalf. So you see, we have a lot planned for the future. We are just trying to figure out on how best to do all those things πŸ˜‰

But for now we urgently need to find a way to drill a borehole so we can improve irrigation and Β water all our plants.

Our veggie garden…and some plans