Hi C4C friends around the World am back again! I am Mlesh from Kenya, a founder of Garden of Hope Community Based Organisation in Taita Taveta County in the Coastal region of Kenya.
Our main focus is to share knowledge on GROW BIOINTENSIVE (GB) and REGENERATIVE FARMING methods, ENVIRONMENT and BIODIVERSITY Conservation. We envisage a community with sustainably improved livelihoods and empowered to adequately manage their resources. And our goal is to restore food sovereignty, healthier diets and promote environmental conservation through training and active participation of Children, Youth, and Adults. We believe that education is the most powerful approach for change and its function is to teach one to think intensively and critically.
At glance GROW BIOINTENSIVE Agriculture is a low cost farming technique and has 8 foundational principles as follows: Deep soil quality, Effective composting, Close plant spacing, Functional biodiversity, Carbon- efficient crops, Nutritionally-designed production, Open-pollinated seeds and lastly a whole farm sustainably centred approach. The method regenerates healthy soils faster and grows healthy soils in every pound of food produced. The philosopher Gandhi says to forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves. This means as we breathe life back to soil, we breathe life back into ourselves.
My fellow friends remember that some partnership is required to bring out the best in both nature and people. Allan Chadwick’s favourite saying is ‘Give to Nature, and she will repay you in glorious abundance’. This evident as we are harvesting our GROW BIOINTENSIVE demo garden. The biggest watermelon has weighed 15 Kgs and the biggest butternut weighed 2kgs.
My family and neighbours for the past one year they have been consuming health green vegetables, onions, sweet potatoes, capsicum, kales, coriander, tomatoes, butternuts, pumpkins, okra, cocoyam’s, cassavas, corn, garlic and water melons which are grown with no inorganic fertilizer and pesticides. The watermelons and sweet potatoes are rich in potassium and Magnesium that is good for reducing hypertension to those who are affected
Then GROW BIOINTENSIVE (GB) to us means GIVE BACK (GB) to the soil and the results will are GETTING BOUNTIFULLY (GB) harvest which is rich in nutrients. Our aspiration as organization is to restore and build sustainable community food systems, healthy, and environment resiliency. Wherever you are remember to give back to the soil and the soil will give back to you in full measure and pressed and as you think of growing your soil then think of Grow Biointensive farming method. Learn more from this link: http://www.growbiointensive.org
We are moving out training the community within and also donating planting materials for the crops which are disappearing. This year we have donated three varieties of sweet potatoes to four villages we started training as from last year. And cassava cutting to a group of men in a church. This is to revive ingenious food crops which are drought tolerant and are nutritious.
Remember Buckminster Fuller states that “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
We appeal to all our friends who are lovers of health food that is grown naturally and mindful of a health environment that supports healthy people to donate to our Go fund me link and help us continue extend sharing this knowledge and skills to other needy community within Ngolia. https://www.gofundme.com/mleshs-biointensive-training-farm
We love you all!