Ago Owu women’s community garden was formed by a group of farmers’ wives, including widows and some who are vulnerable. As a result of gender related cases experienced by these women on land ownership and management which are mainly dominated by men, they came together to lease a portion of land from the Osun state government (cumulatively 50 acres) shared among these enthusiastic women.
The Slow food Network in Nigeria supports and empowers these women to produce food crops in line with Slow Food’s philosophy. These women were trained on how to adopt organic farming systems to grow and process their crops. Neem tree leaves are processed for pest control while green manure and compost are used to help fertilize the soil. Local breeds of chicken and other animals are raised within this community. The membership currently counts 21 women aged between 35 and 50 years old.
They grow varieties of crops such as potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, maize, ginger, water melon, melons, rice, soy bean, leafy vegetables like “tete” (African spinach), “soko” (a variety of amaranth),” ebolo”, “ worowo”, lettuce), yams and cocoyam.
They sell their crops at the local market and the income is used to support their children’s education.
Orile Owu Farm, Ikoyi area, Ikire