Category Archives: Gardens

The Magical House-Breaker of Gabon, West Africa – 19th. Century

The following story told to the Rev. Nassau contains several features that are characteristic of groups living in the area in which he lived and worked: Separation of settlements from the gardens maintained by women of these settlements; Honorable characteristics … Continue reading

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Quiz on Identifying Ancient Egyptian Plants

Below are results, to date, of the quiz: Can You Identify These Plants from Ancient Egypt? I have entered the suggestions that have been sent in, together with a small picture of each one.  For larger pictures (or for the reference) go to … Continue reading

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New Produce from Our Organic Gardens

For the Eid Buffet, we introduced two new crops – turnips and sukuma-wiki (collard greens) and both were very popular – AND our contract farmers are the only growers of either of them in the country: Related articles Making an Organic … Continue reading

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Posted in Burundi, Collard greens, Contract farmers, Contract-Farming, Cuisine, Food, Gardens, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, Humanitarian Assistance, Shallow wells, sukuma wiki | Leave a comment

Making an Organic Slurry with goat dung Pt.2

Claudia, who is working with farmers in Mozambique,  is a reader of this blog and asked for more information on Making a slurry of goat dung.  So here is a bit more information and a couple of pictures of the … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-General, Agriculture, Appropriate technology, companion planting, Contract-Farming, Cuisine, Ethnicity, Food, Gardens, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, Kenya Embassy, Livestock, sukuma wiki, ugali | 1 Comment

New Contract Farming Farmers,Problems with Seeds, and Flower Blossom Recipes

Last Friday three new farmers signed contracts to grow vegetables for the kitchens of the Hôtel club du lac Tanganyika. Niyonsaba, Rehena, Esperance are older women who have large families and hope to use their income from the produce for … Continue reading

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A Village Health Worker & New Contract Farmers in the Village

Food and healthcare are two of the most serious issues in village life in Burundi.  Over 90% of the population are smallholders, farming little plots of land to produce their own food crops and a little also for sale.  As … Continue reading

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A great organic product for the Contract Farming Project – Red Pepper and Garlic Spray

For the last several months I’ve been experimenting with various organic products that are easy and cheap to make for use by farmers participating in the Contract Farming Project in the village.  After various experiments, a concoction consisting of red … Continue reading

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