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Dreaming with others

21st April 2017: Alfred sent me the following WhatsApp yesterday:   [vc_column_text el_class="indent-message"] I would like also to inform you, Boss, that yesterday we had some women from Ng'onga women federation, all the way from Rumphi. They empower rural women in businesses, farming and many things. There visit was...

Managing Orchards

28th March 2017: Here in Malawi I have found it difficult at times to get employees to accept responsibility, stick to their task, take an interest and succeed. On this visit I have selected these two ladies, Brenda and Irene to take on the task of managing...

The Heavy Hitters

25th March 2017: This may look like a chat in the shade, but far from it, it's really serious business. It shows Mary on the left with Miriam, head of preschools and Florence, head of the girl child project and our community liaison person, with Senior Group...

Planting Tephrosia seeds

18th February 2017: Another Saturday and more Horticulture for the girls. It is almost impossible to change farming culture in Malawi. We grow wonderful Maize crops without artificial fertiliser, but no one is impressed. It just doesn't seem to sink in, even though millions will continue to starve...

Talking Pesticidal Plants

13th February 2017: On the Left is Benidicto head of horticulture at the factory site with the task of pest control. With him is Paul Keeley, Managing Director of Sustainable Global Gardens [UK re. no. 1116243] and who has just arrived in Mzuzu today. As one of the partners...

Agricultural College

11th February 2017: For some years now it has been my dream to have some version of a simple Agricultural College to take in students who have completed their final Second Level exam and do simple courses on various aspects of agriculture or horticulture. The idea...

Horticulture Class

4th February 2017: Benidicto, head of Horticulture at the factory site, is here giving a lesson to our Form 4 girls on compost making, green manure plants and how to grow maize without, hugely expensive, chemical fertiliser. With him are prominence and Miriam, two of our Saturday...

Tephrosia Spray

29th January 2017: Here Benidicto has crushed up some Tephrosia leaves and soaked in water. This is an organic pesticide for killing Stalkborer in the maize   [vc_column_text el_class="indent-message"] Boss, Here you are with the pictures from factory.  The last one from the farm is where we have planted those Brazil...

Beans at The Centre for Learning

19th January 2017: This year we decided to cultivate more of the factory site: [ordered_list] To produce food for the Saturday morning meals for the girls who come to classes. To teach them how to grow food, for life but also to do REAL practical work for...

Floods

13th January 2017 If you refer back to yesterday's blip the boys were planting beans on part of this patch of land, and I was bemoaning the lack of rain. Today the torrents came and I realise that sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for! Down...

Sowing Beans

12th January 2017: Here are Benidicto and the boys sowing beans. When harvested they will later be used as the protein part of the Saturday meals at the centre for learning. This is part of the factory site which we are now using to demonstrate some horticulture...

Beans and Tangerines

3rd January 2017: This year we decided to grow local beans in the citrus orchard. Beans provide the protein as most people in villages have no cattle sheep or fist, maybe the odd goat. The beans are also nitrogen positive for the soil. You can get a...