ìThe Aygale community garden is found in SNNPR, Segen Area Peoples Zone, Derash woreda, Ateya Kebele, and is managed by people from community. Mamiru Bayehu is the leader of the group who is responsible for conserving the land. They depend on the rain to irrigate the garden, and they preserve indigenous trees like the acacia from Senegal. These trees are placed along the garden and are used as a windbreak and to attract insects with their flowers, which help pollination in the garden. The garden crops include teff and millet. Mostly old people work in this garden to protect the land and share the knowledge with the younger members of the community. The garden is on top of the mountains and has a gulley on the southern part, so it is subject to erosion. The project members have planned to build soil and water conservation structures (swales) to stop water runoff and improve the soil quality. They also intend to plant fruit trees (mango, avocado and citrus) and work on beekeeping in the future. Currently 5 people take care of the garden, which covers 7,500 m2 in total. Merkeb Jegnaw is a young expert in agriculture who is leading the group voluntarily and teaches them how to farm it in sustainable way.
SNNPR, Segen Area peoples zone, Derash woreda, Ateya Kebele