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Weevils

6th August 2018: Weevils can destroy up to a quarter of stored Maize grain if not treated. The regular treatment in Malawi is a noxious chemical. Our solution is to use the ground-up leaves of local nitrogen fixing plant called Tephrosia. The dried leaves are are ground to a...

Heaven

5th August 2018: Occasionally there are little treats and celebrations. This was a target achieved on the farm, 55,650 pine trees potted. The target was 50,000. These two live on the Lusangazi farm and The real treat is Yellow Buns and Coke, and why not? (my favourite as well) No...

Grafted Mango

25th July 2018: Part of what we do on the farm is the production of improved variety fruit trees. These are Mango. The seeds (about 20,000) of native mango were collected and planted-out at the end of last year. Later they were potted and put into the...

Corn

11th June 2018: At this time of year the maize has ripened and dried in most areas. Here are Angelina and Maggie shelling the corn cobs to produce maize seeds These will later be shelled and ground to a fine flour which is the main staple diet for...

Ruth working at farm

13th May 2018: The last time we were leaving Malawi we stopped on our journey on the main road beside the farm. I was meeting Adamson, the leader on the farm. Then suddenly, into the conversation like a bolt of lightening, burst Ruth pleading for a job. She...

Passion fruit favourite

2nd April 2018: Passion fruit are a favourite of mine. They grow all year round. They have lots of Vitamin C. And lots more. We want the girls to sow them at home, and it's easy. Passion fruit was introduced in Hawaii in 1880 but was first cultivated commercially in Kenya...

Climate Smart Agriculture

18th March 2018: The picture shows a maize crop on the worst soil imaginable. Local Maize seed, No inorganic fertilizer and no noxious chemical. Doesn't look much but there is magic happening here. Climate change is an issue for all of us, whether we are believers in Global...

Its called Mulching

8th March 2018: This is Martina placing tephrosia leaves around the growing Maize. This is our favourite super plant. We grow thousands of trees of tephrosia. At this stage of the growth of the maize plants, when they are flowering, as they say, a covering of Urea (an...

Five Tomato Varieties

27th February 2018: At the end of last year we got a donation of some, open pollinated, tomato seeds from Irish Seed Savers. We planted some in our greenhouse at the factory and others ourdoors. Prominence reports: [vc_column_text el_class="indent-message"] Hi Boss FROM: Prominence At the moment we have 5 varieties of tomatoes...

Sweet Potatoes

26th February 2018: This is Angelina planting Sweet Potato in our factory garden. Last year we decided to bring our horticulture to the Centre for Learning which is over an acre around the factory. The idea is to teach our girls who come for extra tuition at weekends...

Apples

17th February 2018: They said it couldn't be done: The experts, that is, told us that apples don't grow in Mzuzu, where our farm is located in Malawi So I went to our long time friends at Irish Seed Savers in Scariff, Co Clare. They gave me...

Cassava

27th January 2008; These are some of the 258 girls we support in Secondary school. As part of our Saturday and week-end classed we introduce them to new methods of food production in our gardens around our Centre for Learning. Malawians are totally focused on Maize for their...