KIOF maintains several demonstration gardens throughout Kenya. These serve to teach local communities more about organic farming methods for sustainable livelihoods. One of our branches is the Nyagithambo Demonstration Center, based at Kamae Shopping Center. A recent visit to this demo center provided a great update to recent activities there!
Anne at the gate of KIOF’s Nyagithambo Demonstration Center.
The Nyagithambo property is 1.5 acres and hosts a demonstration garden, tutoring hall with solar-run computer, living quarters, and a small shamba. Two students, Anne and Sarah, from the National Youth Service have been working at KIOF’s Nyagithambo center for the past three months. These ladies have held classes in their tutoring hall, teaching local community members more about organic agriculture. Anne and Sarah could show these new farming techniques in the demonstration garden outside the tutoring hall. They have also been tending the shamba, and planted maize, beans, bananas, coffee, and greens. Once harvested these crops will be used for consuming and selling as organic produce in the marketplace.
Looking towards the living quarters and demonstration garden.
Tutoring Hall where classes are held for local community members.
The center’s demonstration garden, exemplifying organic farming techniques.
Sarah in the shamba where the ladies have intercropped maize and beans.
The shamba also has mango and avocado trees!
Our recent trip to Nyagithambo included a visit to a neighboring organic farmer, Margaret “Mama Duko”. Margaret keeps cows, goats, and chickens and practices organic animal husbandry. She also has a 3-acre shamba that is entirely organic.
Anne and Emma with Mama Duko.
Intercropping of maize, beans and peanuts to keep soil nutrients balanced.
Fanya juus and irrigation trench to reduce soil erosion and to collect rainwater.
Please visit our link “Demonstration Gardens” under our tab “Be Involved” for more information on KIOF’s demonstration centers!