The garden is located in Gatanga sub-county, Gatanga county. It belongs to Mbindu’s family. The family has 7 members who depend directly on about 2 1/2 acres of land. All members are directly involved food production. Together they grow crops such as crotolaria (a plant with slender leaves locally known as “mitoo”), kale, pigweed, black nightshade, cowpeas, spider weed, yams, spinach and cassava. Paw paws, bananas and tree tomatoes are among the fruits found in food crop plot. The family grows tea as well. They own animals like cattle, goats, sheep and chicken from which they get manure from. Soil is nourished with animal manure, liquid manure and green manure. Pests and diseases have been a big challenge to this family but fortunately the head of the family happened to be among the people who were trained in pest and disease management, and they are now waging war against them using the most environmental friendly way possible. The crops are rain fed but during the dry spell, they irrigate the crops using the water from the river that cuts across the garden. The family consumes the harvests and the surplus is sold to the neighbors and in the local market to supplement the household income.
Gatanga sub-county, Murang’a county