The garden is located in Karirikania village, Nakuru country. It belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Mwangi who are also members of the Stinging Nettle Presidia and Karirikania Community Garden. They cultivate their half acre of land as a way to practice sustainable agriculture and to produce food for their family. They grow a wide range of crops including: rosemary, potatoes, onions, sukuma wiki, which is a local variety of vegetable, spinach, beetroots, stevia, sweet potatoes, cabbage, maize, castle oil, zucchini and stinging nettle. They also grow fruits such as tree tomatoes, avocadoes and passion fruit. Sustainable methods are used to fertilize the soil, including the use of compost and animal manure. They fight and control insects and pests with a liquid mixture made from mexicana marigold, pyrethrum, stinging nettle, Vernonia auriculifera (muchatha) and mwenu. Onions are also intercropped among the cabbages and sukuma wiki to repel insects and pests. The produce is consumed by the family and whatever remains is sold to the villagers to generate income. Tree nursery is also practiced to increase the number of the trees in the farm and for income generation purposes.
Karirikania village, Kuresoi district, Nakuru country
Salome Njeri, Patrick Mwangi