Friday, December 30, 2011

Up Keep....Already?

Wow! The weeds showed up right away.  This is actually kinda cool (for now anyway) because weeding will be a great activity for the younger children to do as part of their Flood Garden duties.  Maybe we can even have Patch Competitions to see who keeps the best weed free patch!!

Stuff to Show!!

Almost ready for harvest!!

Today, we had some visitors drop by.  The children are very, very curious about what they will be learning in the Flood Garden.
 These students brought their grandpa to school so he can see our garden

Making the Homes for our Animals

Today, many members of our community turned up to help us create our animal housing and our outdoor kitchen.  We will be raising 2 ducks who will help us keep the fish pond aerated and full of nutrients and 4-6 hens who will be responsible for providing us with eggs to sell and help us turn the compost pile periodically.  We will also have rabbits because they are cute and can make great classroom pets while teaching us great science and of course, we will raise Tilapia in our pond.  The tilapia pond will be for pond science but as we learn more about raising them, we hope to build a much, much larger pond to sell the fish for a healthy income for the school.  
Our Rabbit House

 Nailing down the tin roofs

Our Maasai friends came around to help us design our Maasai style outdoor kitchen

This is a Hen House.  Hope we will get lots of eggs.

 This is the foundation for our Maasai kitchen.  These upright logs will be part of the walls. Can't wait till its done!!!

So many helpers turned up!!. We hope they will be future costumers as well.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First Plantings!!

This was a very exciting day.  We actually got to make our dreams of creating a little farm come true.  Our students are currently on Christmas holiday but with the help of a few kids that showed up, we got lots done.
Teacher Loveless and one of the MDFT moms started by clearing all the debris and creating a compost pile

This patch looked perfect for onion!!

 I love tomatoes!! They come in so many colors and tastes so tomatoes had to go in the ground.  Can't wait to taste these.


Spinach will be a new addition to the school meals

Vanessa and Belinda helped design and color our temporary crop signs

Sitting at the edge of the outdoor classroom

It doesn't look like much now, but we have big dreams!!

Monday, December 19, 2011


Our raised beds

David taking a break from the sun in the shade garden area
We decided to use traditional organic methods to preparing the soil.  We used manure to start with but then used all the yard waste to create a compost pile.  We will probably feed the soil with the compost when it is ready because it will be most economical.  We also hope to rotate our crops to encourage better nutrients. 

Since we do not have very much room to plant, we decided to use raised beds

deciding the size of the beds

We added broken bricks not just to add a little decor but also to create a  path for the children and the visitors