This community garden was originally found in another area called Kijitonyama. Then the government took that area for the construction of a school, so the five group members (all female) had to look for another place. They asked Slow Food Mboga convivium to help them find another suitable area for their gardening activities and in 2015 they were given a new plot measuring 0.25 acres at Bongoyo. This is an entrepreneur group supported by Slow Food: they received garden tools, seeds, and capacity building training sessions on garden development. They grow vegetables like amaranth, pumpkin leaves and okra among others. The group shares the harvest for home consumption, while some of the vegetables are sold. The revenue they get from selling vegetables is used to improve the gardening equipment and also to support their children’s education.
They are planning to grow “delega” (a local spinach variety), because this vegetable is in high demand, especially in hotels and restaurants.
Haile Selaisse Road, Msasani, Dar-Es-Salaam
Mary Mcolman Tarimo