In February, Canadian missionaries with farming backgrounds, Fay Dietrich and Sylvia Walters helped us to organise, implement and oversee the works needed on the farm.
The vision is that the land will supply fruit and vegetables that the family needs as well as having a surplus to sell. It will also provide training and work opportunities for the young people once schooling is finished and can be used as a training model for the local community.
During their time here the ground was cleared of shrub, the rocks removed and the land ploughed. Fay drew up a planting plan and allocated an area to be fenced off for future cattle to graze. Tools were bought and planting started in 10×10 foot squares. Some of the older boys were shown how to plant the seeds, beans, tomatoes, parsnips, lettuce and corn.
The farm garden is currently being hand watered which is a huge challenge not practical on a longer term so we are so grateful when God sends rain.
After a long wait, Blue Ridge Company is currently on site digging the well and as we write, the wall has been completed around the farm, and the gates are being made. This protects future crops from wild animals. Thank you to all the organizations and individuals who have supported the well being dug and the building of the wall.
A priority list has been also drawn up of what is needed on the Farm to move forward:
- An electricity source to pump the water from the well. We are exploring a suitable solution and cost to be calculated.
- A water tower with a reservoir for the water pumped from the well. The estimate cost of a reservoir that holds 1000 gallons is $1,000 U.S.
- An irrigation system to drip feed the plants. The estimated cost is $5,000 U.S.
Can you join with us in prayer for the farm, please? If you would like to contribute towards this, or to organise a fundraising event to help us on this, please, get in touch.