Shambas / Gardens

Shambas / Gardens

From the early days of Kenya Matters, we recognized our efforts as a partnership, a friendship of walking alongside our native Kenyan friends.  Together we identified several projects that would move the children’s group home in the direction of sustainability.  One such project was to create a shamba (garden) or a series of shambas that would provide a significant amount of the food necessary to feed the kids.

In December of 2008, while on a trip to Karai, Jason had the opportunity to witness the breaking of ground for our first shamba larger than the backyard variety.  It’s currently between 3 and 4 acres in size, and since all of the work less the annual plowing is done by hand, it is certainly labor intensive.  During the trip in December of 2010, we witnessed two more acres plowed next to our current shamba.

Here we are harvesting potatoes while on our Dec. of 2009 trip. Included in this video, we talk with John who is both a skilled farmer and our resident ‘dad’ at the children’s home.