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A sorryful sight

A sorryful sight

24th March 2014: I'm sure this well was installed by some very well meaning people, probably of Christian origin, who sang, prayed and rejoiced with this community as a new pump was installed here. I figure this was installed in about 2000 or so, and maybe lasted

Laston - fruit tree propagation

Laston

20th March 2014: Laston This is Laston checking some newly budded orange plants. He came to work for us a year ago and after a very successful year of initiating conservation farming system in the upper farm, he has come to the fruit tree propagation area to

Malawi Board

Review of 2013

2013 in Review Thanks to all of you, who donated over 90,000 Euro, and thanks to the Malawian people who managed to do so much with about 60,000 Euro that we spent. The income relied on the generosity of so many of you and the achievements

Horticulture Conference

Certified Seedlings

This is the Conference where Robert made his impression. So much so that we had certification of our seedling growing and Ministry orders promised. Robert is back left hand corner of the picture. Read more here

Great help

Great help

11th October 2013: This was the fourth of five pumps today. It was a replacement pump where the original pump failed (see this blip) and no one would return to fix it. The villagers took off the cover and cleaned out the original well (which was

Wezzie collecting lemon seedlings

Wezzie collecting lemon seedlings

18th September 2013: These are potted lemon seedlings for next year's crop of improved variety Oranges, Satsumas, Kumquats, Grapefruit, Limes and Tangerines. Yes, they all come from the same rootstocks and become what they are by a process called budding. All our people on the farm and hundreds

New variety Mango

New variety Mango

14th September 2013: We have a big focus on propagating improved variety fruit on the Lusangazu farm. This is one of nine varieties of Mango, called Tommy, by our workers. This is produced by sowing the large seeds in the middle of a local mango and grafting an

New bicycle on the farm

New bicycle on the farm

26th June 2013: This is a brand new bicycle for the farm. It will be used to bring produce to market. It will have baskets back and front. NOW the big problem is learning to cycle. Not as easy as you might think. I'm not sure if I

Greenhouse watering

Greenhouse watering

25th June 2013: This is Chrissie on the Lusangazi Farm. She is a bright, observant girl and in charge of watering, de-suckering and pest control. From her observations on the farm she has initiated a mulching system with tephrosia. She is also in charge of first-aid. She also

Washing Greenhouses

Washing Greenhouses

24th June 2013: The legend is "Washing with jim, washing powder and water" Looks like the light transmission was decreasing so washing was the only option. All looks sparkling now - maybe for our arrival in a week!!

Arriving with water

Arriving with water

22nd June 2013: Another new well today in Doroba. The picture shows three little ones arriving from the new pumps with water on their heads. They seem happy with themselves as they have come about 400 metres instead of a long 2 Km to the river. Lives have

New system

New system

21st June 2013: Almost there. The picture shows Alfred doing final preparations on a pump for two staff houses at Lusangazi Upper. This is no ordinary well or pump. The blue pipe in the middle is a 20 metre pipe down a borehole drilled by our guys