The garden is located at Christ the King Academy, Nakuru town in Nakuru county. It is a private girls’ school with a total of 380 students. The 1/4 acre piece of land was established at the beginning of 2016 and it involves 40 students whose ages fall between 14 to 17 years old. The local Slow Food chapter, Central rift convivium, introduced the school to Slow Food projects and activities and they liked the ideas in Slow Food philosophy that without a doubt, guarantee that the students would be aware of the food they eat, preparing them to be better parents in the future. From the garden offered by the administration they grow a few varieties of crops that include kale, onions, spinach, carrots, Russian comfrey and some peas. The group wishes to add more indigenous varieties of crops like traditional vegetables, local fruits, herbs and medicinal plants in the garden to make it a good place for biodiversity where other students and parents can learn, appreciate and replicate when they visit. The school has got some animals like cattle from which they get milk as well as manure that good for nourishing the soil. Composting will be introduced to ensure the availability of enough organic manure. Ashes from the kitchen, intercropping the garden with pest repelling crops such as onions, and allowing for organic pest control are a few of the methods that they use to combat pests. Manual irrigation using watering cans is practiced mainly during dry spells. Harvests are sold to the administration and are used to supplement school’s feeding program.
Christ the King Academy, Nakuru town, Nakuru county
Joyce Ruguru Gimisi