One of the main reasons why I’m restoring and conserving forests is to improve livelihoods and nutrition in my community. Forests host considerable biodiversity and contribute to the general health and wellbeing of their surroundings. For instance, forest conservation enables adequate rainfall to maximize the quality of agricultural outputs, as well as provide oxygen to all living beings.
We have partnered with Kenya Environmental Action Network (KEAN), Greenhouse Communications and Mama Day School to make this initiative a success. As a result of this collaboration, we have established a ‘Bustani Garden’ – an organic vegetable garden within our eco-village. This program aims at enabling children aged 5–15 years to learn how to establish kitchen gardens, appreciate agriculture as a source of income and career pathway, and encourage environmental conservation through organic farming.
The involvement of children throughout the project, has enhanced a great sense of ownership and learning, especially since the garden is already growing rapidly after just a month and a half. The children have so far learned how to prepare nursery beds, plant seeds in the beds, care for seedlings through watering and weeding, develop improvised vertical gardens that help utilize garden space and transplant seedlings into the vertical gardens.
We hope this garden will improve nutrition and restoration efforts both in the school and our community as a whole.
The Future is Green 🙂