The Sampema women association garden is a community garden. It is located in Sampema village on the west coast and on a marshy soil.
Sampema is about 20 kms from Zabré.
A little background: after a meeting with migrants from Burkina Faso to Italy about the need for Slow Food gardens in their region, specifically in Boulgou, in the eastern-central part of the country where they were from, one of the African gardens project coordinators visited the Boulgou facilities concerned. After prospecting, exchanging/counselling, and observing the available manpower, 8 facilities were selected, one of which being the Sampema Women’s Development association.
Garden produce consists of: parsley, sorrel, gombo, aubergine “borombouri”, etc.
The products grown are only used for family consumption.
The association uses natural methods like organic manure, ashes, neem and goat waste to fertilise the soil and combat pests.
The association had arranged an area next to the village drilling site for their garden, which they surrounded with brambles and spiny plants. When material support and means to make a well arrived from Slow Food, they arranged a new area where they could dig wells and close them with grilles. The wells are almost finished and the women expect to move in order to continue and step up their production in the new site, which is not far from the old one.
The women are proud of their garden and quite like the good sauces they make from organic produce.
Sampema, rural township in Zabré, Boulgou province, east-central region