Urban Farming Demonstration
Increased demand for food from a growing population places pressure on the land to provide. As towns grow there is a greater need for people to be able to grow some food from smaller plots. Our urban farm demonstrates how this can be achieved.
By establishing a holistic garden we are able to provide food for consumption or retail as well as provide food for the livestock that keep the cycle working. A compost in the corner of the farm also allows for bio-digestible domestic waste to be returned to the soil.
By using old cement bags as grow bags we are able to reduce water loss through leaching and grow a variety of vegetables and trees, all of which are portable. In addition by planting aromatic and strong flavoured plants around and amongst the plants, like chilli and lemon grass we are able to deter pests.
Our keyhole garden, made of mud and bricks, demonstrates the possibilities of vertical gardening. By watering the central column of compost and ash we can move the nutrients out into the surrounding terraces.
Disused water bottles when inverted and a hole made in the lid provide excellent drop feed irrigation and we demonstrate this with the tomato and aubergine plants.
Our urban farm, on the main road from Babati to the local hospital, is quickly becoming famous as the bag garden house with people stopping daily to talk with us and ask questions and seek advice. The kids from the neighbourhood come and visit to see what we are doing and have already started gardens of their own