The garden is located in Emma village, Embu county. It belongs to “Goodwill Women”, a group that is involved in environmental conservation activities through the use of appropriate technologies for energy conservation.
They make charcoal briquettes manually using charcoal powder that otherwise could have gone to waste. The garden was started in 2014 after the group was introduced to Slow Food and its activities.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Culture and Social Services and Slow Food, the women expect to improve the nutrition status of their families and the community at large by ensuring that good, clean, and fair food is available for all. Their ¼ acre plot of land had been uncultivated for a long time, but they have started to cultivate local vegetables including amaranth, black nightshade, kale, spinach, carrots, beetroots, garlic, onions, and sweet potatoes. They will continue to practice sustainable ways of farming and to share knowledge so that all the members can replicate the same methods in their individual gardens. They use compost and farm yard manure for soil fertilization in addition to mulching. Pest control is done through crop rotation, ashes, and intercropping. They also make natural pesticides from mexican marigold, neem, and tithonia leaves. The harvest is shared among the group members while a part is conserved for seeds.
Emma Village, Embu county, Embu central division,