The garden is located in Kathale village, a semi-arid area that is about one kilometer from Machakos town in Machakos county, close to Machakos-Kitui road. The quarter acre piece of land involves 40 community members (25 women and 15 men). The garden is planted with crops that include tomatoes, amaranth, kales, eggplants, onions and cowpeas. Pawpaw and mango fruits are also grown in the garden. They practice sustainable food production practices that involve the use of farmyard manure, compost and organic pesticides. The garden on the other side acts as an example plot where members learn and replicate what they learn in their individual garden, helping to ensure that households are food secure and have an increased level of supplemental income obtained from the sale of surplus harvests. Some of the products are shared among the group members and others are sold in the local market. Being in a semi-arid area, water shortage is an issue of concern. Other challenges are pests and diseases that constantly affect some crops. The group has been trained on methods of conserving water in addition to the provision of tools and equipment.
Agnes Loko Nzioka