This garden is located in Kapsita village, Molo district, Nakuru county. It is cultivated by 30 students (15 girls and 15 boys), out of the school’s 120, that are united in the Young Farmers Association (YFA). This association is a secondary school project aimed at training students on sustainable agricultural practices by gained hands-on experiences in the garden.
The ¼ acre garden was started in 2014 in collaboration with Youth Governance and Environmental Program (Y-GEP), a local Ngo that introduced the school to Slow Food.
The school’s main goal is to encourage students to diversify the crops cultivated and give priority to traditional crops that are available in the area. The garden is currently planted with: kale, spinach, cabbage, black nightshade, amaranth, sorghum, and millet. Fruits and herbs have also been introduced to the garden, including: tree tomatoes, pears, avocado, stinging nettle, and aloe vera, among others.
Fertility of the soil is managed through the use of farmyard manure, liquid manure, and compost (made from dry and green materials and kitchen waste). Integrated Pest Management is practiced by using plant extracts (stinging nettle, onions, garlic, and mexican marigold) in pest and disease control.
The garden’s products are to be used for supplementing the school lunch, while some will be sold, especially during the school holidays. Students use the money obtained as pocket money. The school has been supplied with tools and equipment and training conducted on sustainable food production and consumption practices.
Kapsita Village, Molo district, Nakuru county