Provision of Hope’s Organic Agriculture Trainers are thrilled to have our own farm land!
This is a dream come true for Kelvin Taweh who is standing beside one of the corner posts on our 2 acre property in Fendell, near Mt. Barclay. Both Kelvin and Joseph Sackie went to Kenya in 2013 to take Organic Agricultural Training through Organics 4 Orphans now called Thrive. They came back to Liberia in 2014 passionate to start training farmers at home. They have been diligently working in various communities since then! Year after year they would ask when we could set up our own demonstration garden, so the farmers they train, could see first hand what we have been showing them through power point workshops. Have a look at their work and progress Organic Farming Grows Health in Liberia.
Finally we all agreed, it was time to purchase our own farm land. Last February, while looking across several areas of suitable farmland, we found a choice field. It was also miraculous how the funds came in so speedily to buy this land. THANK YOU to the donors who made this happen! In Liberia they sing a song called ” It’s Gotta Be God” This was definitely God’s Timing and His Idea. SO MANY WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PROJECT! Growing Nutritious Food is our primary number one goal. “Growing Health” is a program we are teaching wherever we host workshops. This is a curriculum we received through Dale Bolton who is the founder of THRIVE in Kenya.
Joseph Sackie is a big help to Kelvin. Here you see him raking the beds which have just been seeded. They planted cucumber, watermelon, eggplant, Chinese cabbage, cassava and sweet corn. So far we have 70 raised beds. There are so many local hardworking youth that are delighted to help on this farm. In this way we can create some income for those who are jobless.
Jerry (Edwin Cooper) Kelvin and Joseph with the help of hired youth in the community, constructed a nursery. Here is where they will plant more delicate seeds, like peppers, chili, lettuce, Chinese cabbage etc, Later they transplant the seedlings to the raised beds.
On our land we have farmers who rented a portion of this land before we purchased it. We are working in cooperation with them as well. As you can see this land is fertile and will be very productive as we move forward.
We have several goals in mind for this land.
A. Demonstration Gardens for Organic Training Workshops
B. Growing Nutrition
C. Providing Jobs in a Country suffering with so much unemployment and inflation.
D. Selling Produce to supplement our SEEDS AND TOOLS for Poor Farmers throughout Liberia.
This is a photo of some of the local workers hired to help clear land and help carry bamboo poles to build the nursery.
More and more beds are being constructed for seeds. You can see our compost pile in the distance and the nursery in the back ground. There is a nice stream of water close by. On our 2 acres of land we have both wet and dry land. Liberia has a tropical climate with hot and humid temperatures year round. They have a rainy season that lasts from May through October because of the African monsoon and frequent rains throughout the year, The dry season is mostly from December through February. This is the time we would plant closer to the stream, on the wetland.
Here is a close up view of the nursery. This is where they will start many seeds which will be transplanted to the raised beds later. Jerry, who has farm land close to our land has been a big help to Kelvin and Joseph. We sure appreciate his assistance. We are working in cooperation with the local farmers. This is definitely a community project. Our goal is always towards helping others become sustainable.
Kelvin and Jerry are planting seeds in the nursery.
Joseph Wilson has been a great help planting the cucumber beds.
Mixing Manure into the prepared soil.
Thank you again for those who donated so we could buy this land!!
Others donated to help us buy seeds and tools and help us pay our local workers. We will keep updating you on this project from time to time to show you our progress.
We can buy a lot of seeds for very little. $ 25, $ 50, $ 100
A wheel barrow $ 50, A hoe $ 15, A shovel $ 15, watering cans $ 10, rake $ 10