We’re Making Progress!
Another week has gone by and I am incredibly happy to say it was a very productive one! We have negotiated a selling price with the owner of the one acre of land adjacent to our current three acre farm. With this purchase, we will own a 2 X 2 acre of farmland and can begin the process of fencing in our property to protect our crops from animals. John and I have been working on pricing out a couple of fencing options and we have decided to go with a chain link fence as it will be low cost and effective.
On Monday and Tuesday John, Gama, and I had the opportunity of attending an international conference on horticulture in the city of Arusha. While there, we were able to connect and learn from other farmers and industry members. We also had the opportunity to visit the building site of an industrial sized greenhouse that will begin operation in the next couple of years. Tanzania was chosen as the site for this greenhouse due to the long days and strong sun that last year round.
One of the attending companies offered to come visit our farm in order to give us an estimate of how much a greenhouse would cost. A greenhouse may allow us to plant crops in a more controlled setting, which means we could grow certain crops when other farmers could not. This would allow us to generate a great deal of income. It also would provide us with some security from the unpredictable effects climate change is having on this area. Recently, many farmers lost their harvest because the seasonal rains did not occur when they usually do. As time goes on, I believe it is imperative to continue monitoring the effects climate change has on farmers all around the world in order to mitigate the damage it will cause.
Finally, I wanted to talk a little bit about the Saturday workshops I have been doing with some of the youth in the area. The focus of these workshops are based around whatever the kids want to focus on, which for the most part seems to be english and computer skills. These kids face many struggles, especially when it comes to the transition from primary school to secondary school (high school). This is because many of the public primary schools teach very little english, but in secondary school the classes are taught almost exclusively in english. Many of the wealthier kids can afford english tutoring or private primary schools that have a greater focus on english, but there are a great deal of bright and talented students who can’t afford this and end up failing secondary school just because their english is not up to par. We all know subjects such as chemistry and biology can be difficult to grasp, but imagine if you had to learn them in another language. Despite these challenges, the kids have incredible drive and ambition.
I look forward to getting to know them better and helping them learn.