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Among other innovations being brought to our Farm, David is introducing permaculture in the form of permagardening. This is a technique that integrates water-saving methods, companion planting and organic soil fertility. The method is especially useful during the rainy season, when heavy rains can wash away nutrient-rich topsoil. Permagardening in Africa has been shown to increase vegetable […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Although we have a number of large water barrels to retrieve rainwater from the farm building gutters, it is never enough, and the rainfall is increasingly unpredictable. Our next major challenge is to raise enough funds to install an underground tank to prevent the expensive and time-consuming need to carry water from the river up to the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As promised, a new solar panel has been installed on the roof of our Volunteer House, giving power for light, mobile phones etc. Peace Corps volunteer, David McHolland is among those to be delighted with its arrival. Many thanks indeed to our four generous donors. Click on Continue Reading, below, for more photos.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Our new Peace Corps volunteer David McHolland held a meeting with farmer Abel and Field Director Pam Otali on the vernanda our Peter Stebbings-funded farm accommodation, soon after his arrival. He will be living in this house, which will shortly have solar powered electricity, part funded by an anonymous donor and matched by three of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last month we harvested our first honey from the beehives on our Kasiisi School Farm – 10 litres. Not a huge harvest but our hives are new and the dry season has been quite wet which affects the yield. It was a magical experience, very dark with wonderful […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A road running down to the river, across the farm is now complete, graded, and with a murrum surface. This will greatly ease access to all parts of the land.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Kasiisi Porridge Project farm is producing vegetables for the local market – peppers, bananas, cabbages, beans and eggplants. Next to soy and coffee baby mango trees have been planted . Bees are swarming on the new hives and chickens and pigs are healthy and productive. The feed mixer is working well and the farm […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
On 15 May, the Focus School students told the KPP Director about their run, and heard more about the Kasiisi Porridge Project. Then, under Yvonne Pemberton’s supervision, the winners of the run presented her with a cheque for £1549.10. What an extraordinary amount! The other winners here of course are the children of Kasiisi as […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In April this year pupils from Years 3 and 4 (8 and 9 year olds) from Focus School, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, ran 600 metres round their local cricket pitch, in Potton, Bedfordshire. In chilly but dry conditions, all of them completed the course. Very well done! The 10 and 11 year-old children, in Years 5 and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
We are delighted to receive the second tranche of our £4000 grant from the Marr-Munning Trust. This £2000 is significant not only in terms of providing a term’s worth of porridge for 1500 children, but frees up other funds to continue the vital development of the school farm and related initiatives.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Our 10th Anniversary Grand Draw had 22 excellent prizes and produced a profit of £1300 for the Project. Longterm supporter Lynda Dolwin was the lucky winner of the beautiful African quilt, (see it in full in the second photo here) created and sewn for the Kasiisi Project by two Connecticut quilters, Angelina Deluca and Laura McCarrick.Continue Reading... No Comments.
KPP Trustee Ros White, supporter Jo Gordon and our Facebook Page caretaker Mary Patrick, made a fantastic refreshments team, serving tea, and cakes made by many friends of the Project to our very appreciative concert audience. The second photo here reveals our bakers’ expertise in close up.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Over 80 people attended the concert held at Howgills Friends Meeting House in Letchworth, Herts, UK, on Saturday 7 March, to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Kasiisi Porridge Project. From right to left are Norwegian mezzo soprano Marianne Andersen, pianist Simon Marlow and violist Clare Gardiner. The three musicians gave us a stirring and entertaining variety of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As with all our interns, volunteer agriculture student Dinah works on many aspects of the farm, learning and working hard. Gaining experience of an apiary will be helpful to both sides.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Abel, with help from the agriculture students Alec and Dinah from Fort Portal’s Mountains of the Moon University, break for a photo on the land which was slashed and cleared in January (2015) ready for the next step.Continue Reading... No Comments.