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Forestry in Embangweni

21st August 2018: Laston went to Embangweni to discuss forestry with the community. The area is not suitable for pines so we will help them grow Eucalyptus (Blue gums) and a range of other Acacia and Mtonganga. This is the time of year to plant blue gums as

Six month old trees

19th August 2018. As a trial this time last year we decided to plant some trees. So, having no secure land, we got permission and decided to plant on the lands at the house of our long time friend and former Professor of Mathematics in Mzuzu University,

Apple Blossoms

18th August 2018: These are apples grafted last year and will produce some apples at the end of the year here at the Centre for Learning. It is our intention that all our girls will learn all about apple growing, which will be most beneficial to them

Visit to the Farm

8th August 2018: As part of our Summer Camp activities we have decided to expand past the Academic, so today one group of girls went to the farm in Lusangazi to look at our Climate Smart Horticulture, Fruit tree production and growing a range of local


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


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

Tiny seedlings

2nd August 2018: The first step is to plant seeds in a sandy bed. This is the next step: planting the tiny seedlings held gently by one (temporary) leaf into holes in the potting tubes. Then shade and water until January, which is the rainy season. This is at

100,000 Pines

1st August 2018: We have employed some women who have become experts at filling the potting tubes. This woman can fill over 800 tubes each day. The 100,000 pine seedlings when planted will cover 40 Hectares.

Another Club

28th July 2018: Prominence was here today encouraging people to get on with and finalise the transplanting of pines. They have 5370 potted and have another 1000 to go. They will also add some Eucalyptus and Acacia which may bring their number to 10,000 A huge achievement and all

2 Year old Pines

26th July 2018: This is part of a small forest of 5000 trees sown by Golden Chirwa and his two sons two years ago. Very few failures and well managed. This year he is the leader and an inspiration to over 30 groups setting 1 million trees

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