This was a huge task as just below the top soil is a deep layer of rock and clay that needed weeks of back-breaking pick-axe and shovel work to dig the swales (similar to furrows). Our previous post showed the building of the rock terraces which then needed to be filled with tons of fertile soil transported by truck and wheel barrow from a nearby location. Next the entire circular garden was fenced in with a pole and wire mesh fence.
Once the terraces were filled and level, a network of rock and clay paths encircling large veggie beds were laid and about 150 trees and thousands of veggie seedlings were planted. Lastly a water tank was installed with piping and a tap.
Unfortunately Dale had to leave for further adventures in Permaculture in Bali, so he hasn’t enjoyed watching all his hard work bearing lush green leafy fruit.
Great news is that Breadline Africa, who funded the establishment of this Food Forest, has agreed to support Phase 2 which involves the maintenance of the garden plus the employment of two cooks as well as additional food supplies to add to the fresh produce from the garden to supply the pupils of No-ofisi with a nutritious hot meal daily. In addition, research elsewhere has shown that regular deworming of school children has proven more effective in addressing malnutrition at school than providing a daily meal, so we’ll be providing deworming tablets for all pupils too. Thanks to Andrew Warner and the rest of the Breadline Africa team for their support.