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We’re growing moringa trees -
Moringa growth multiplied over the rainy season, but the weather set up several new challenges —inability to dry the leaves adequately without the air humidity rehydrating them, and a tendency for young seedlings to become waterlogged, which they don’t tolerate well. Sad to see many seedlings sitting in puddles during the rainy season, their leaves yellowing, but the numbers are slowly increasing, we have several hundred trees on site now.
These were pruned as well as harvested, with the off-
Packing the moringa powder
A frail “Yankho” member delighted to receive her first pot of moringa food supplement.
We spoke to Yankho — our AIDS-
Cassava—After a slow start in the dry season, the plants had caught up. The more vigorous plants were divided and used as seed multiplication both for us and the community and were replanted on site. Leaves were fed to the rabbits.
Sweet Potato—we attempted 2 varieties, but neither were particularly vigorous, due, we think, to poor irrigation practices during the dry season. Some has fed the livestock but growth hasn’t been enough for successful seed multiplication
Alfalfa—All of the research we’d done regarding feeding livestock effectively highlighted alfalfa as one of the best sources of animal nutrition. However, we’ve not been very successful in growing it yet, but we’re still trying in several different areas.
Vegetables—We’ve grown and given away mustard, tomatoes, aubergines, onions and carrots, to the vulnerable.
Tree nursery—Apart from moringa, we’re also raising seedlings of leguminous trees—glyricidia and leucaena, helping to feed the soil to nourish the other planting and also for use in compost. Both trees help provide protein content for our livestock hay. We aim to grow and distribute moringa seedlings increasingly.
Farming God’s Way—The anticipated training follow-
Yankho—We lent part of our land to our AIDS support group to farm as it will take a few years to commit all the land to moringa with the staff we have. They’ve done well—hopefully with good results at harvest.
Spreading the moringa leaves on metal-
Soya—very promising! The agri team have managed to plant much more than last year so a good harvest is expected. It’s fixing nitrates into the soil close to our moringa trees while it grows, and after harvest the beans will provide much of the protein content of our livestock concentrate, as well as being a central ingredient in the phala we prepare for malnourished children.
Plump soya pods starting to dry out ready for harvest.
Summer Report 2014
This is page 2 of summer update 2014
During early 2014 we’ve repaired 4 more boreholes …..
Nachanje Village Borehole
This outlying borehole had been broken for almost a year before it came to our notice. More than 275 households struggled to carry enough water for their families, so they’re delighted it’s been repaired!
Kamoto Village Borehole
This borehole had not been working for over 7 months before we heard about it, leaving 290 households without access to safe local water
Bwanali Village Borehole
Bilisoni Village Borehole
This borehole is heavily used by about 150 households of Bilisoni and some of Bongwe Village. It’s on a main road, so serves travellers too.
|A "Carbon Footprint"|
|How you can help|
|Testimony - Lynda|
|giving & end-2011|
|On site news - 2010|
|Finally - 2010|
|Agri - 2009|
|Goats & Milk|
|And finally ..|
|Pastors' Conf - 2009|
|A helping hand|
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