11 Apr Kitchen Garden Program
Happy Villages international volunteer Eva, along with community farmer and local volunteer Pamela, are leading an Agriculture program with a number of local schools. The aim is to establish kitchen gardens to provide children practical experience in farming that they can then replicate in their homes, in addition to improve nutrition and education for pupils.
“Increasing the relevance and quality of education for rural children through active learning and introduction of agriculture and nutrition knowledge and skills” is identified as an urgent need by Happy Villages and the community. The Kitchen Garden Program is a great way to involve the pupils and demonstrate sustainable agriculture in practise.
To enable the schools to create self-sufficient gardens we introduce a basic understanding of permaculture principles and techniques alongside practical implementation skills. Permaculture is sustainable land use design. This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximise effect and minimise work. We cooperate with the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya, who will host education workshops for the schools and farmers, during which they’ll learn how to maintain the garden by effective water-, soil- and pest-management using natural resources.
Happy Villages’ contribution will be supporting the running of the workshops, providing seeds for each school, as well as farming tools for the Special School. To ensure the benefits of a sustainable school garden, we will also encourage farmers to share their knowledge with the schools.