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04Jun/12

Nursery Gardens

Priscilla in her group nursery by Lake Victoria. Priscilla is one of the ladies from ECCA who has more recently joined as a contact person. She already has a group of women she works with and has this tree nursery with them. We have introduced her to Natural Medicines and she is working with her group to propagate natural medicines such as Moringa and Artemisia alongside the other trees they have already started with.

Sam recently established the nursery at the REAP garden. Now that the garden is well established we have started propagating plants that we have established. Sam has taken responsibility for this and here he is with the early plantings. The bright green plants are Artemisia. You can also see the Vetiver hedge behind him.

Fredah by her mixed medicinal garden. Fredah Wabuko is one of the most active people we have trained. She is from Butere in Western Province and is very active in both training and treating people with natural medicines. She has a small residence on the church compound in Butere town (although she has her ‘home’ and farm outside the town). This picture shows how she has made use of a small plot behind this house to grow a wide variety of natural medicines in a small area.

04Jun/12

Fish Pond in the REAP Garden

This is the pond that we have recently dug at the bottom of the garden in Kajulu, and stocked with ‘fingerlings’ in April.  George dug the pond in the semi-swampy portion of the REAP garden in Kajulu in March 2012.

George constructed a compost frame in the REAP pond.  Tilapia fish feed mainly off algae.  The algae are fed by decomposing compost.  This is the cheapest way to feed fish, so is what we are promoting in REAP rather than buying fish food!  Here, George is building the frame or basket into which compost is thrown daily.  With the garden there is plenty of material to feed here and this is supplemented with goat droppings.

 

04Jun/12

Vetiver Grass

Example-of-the-soil-wash-that-Vetiver-prevents 512x384Here is a good example of the soil wash that Vetiver grass is designed to prevent.
This photo was taken (May 23, 2012) at a farm in Kajulu two days after a very heavy
downfall. The farmer has recently planted a Vetiver nursery so that he will have grass
to protect his soil in the future. The Vetiver nursery should have spread to produce enough
slips for planting a hedge across the land by the beginning of the short rains in September.

 

 

 

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Vetiver Grass holds back soil. This photo is taken in the REAP garden in Kajulu. In the last 18 months
this hedge has been collecting soil behind it which otherwise would be lost to the streams and ultimately
the lake. The land on the right is now about 2 feet higher than that on the left!

 







 

 

Using VetiverUsing-Vetiver-grass-round-a-fish-pond 512x384 grass round a fish pond. The brother of Pastor Simon, who is assisting us in promoting
Vetiver planting in Kajulu, is active in promoting fish ponds in the area. He has included
planting vetiver to reinforce the ponds into his own teaching.

04Jun/12

Moringa Trees

In this photo, is Sam teaching a farmer (pastor) about pruning Moringa trees.

Pastor Joel Owano is a pastor in the same church as Rosalia (ECCA – Evangelical Christ Church in Africa). His wife, Grace, learnt about Moringa at a workshop with another NGO and later from Rosalia in the church. She and her husband planted a lot of trees in their farm and they are using them as vegetable. They have also shared seeds with others in the church and community.

They asked us to visit partly to show what they had done but more because they had heard that Moringa was a useful medicine. The main product we use from Moringa is the leaves. Although very useful as a fresh vegetable, similar to spinach, the leaves are most useful when dried and crushed into powder. They then become a very high value nutritionally balanced food supplement.

The big trees do not produce so many leaves and those that are produced are difficult to harvest, so for best value the trees are cut back so that they sprout (coppice) and produce abundant leaves. Here Samuel Ouma is showing Pastor Joel how to do this on one of his trees. Note the many seed pods on the tree behind and how compatible the trees are with the maize crop.