The garden is located in Kiruguru secondary school, Kandara sub-county, Murang’a county. It is a public school with 230 students (130 boys and 100 girls) from 14 to 16 years old. 45 students are involved in gardening activities that were started after a Slow Food local team visited the school with the aim of establishing a demo-plot with students to teach sustainable agriculture to both students and teachers. After undergoing training on Slow Food 10000 gardens in Africa project, the school administration offered a 1/8 acre land for students to practice and learn so that they could replicate the experience in their home gardens. In the garden students cultivate amaranth, kale, sweet potatoes, potatoes, black nightshade, maize, and beans, among other crops. The students look forward to diversifying the garden with more local and indigenous crops, where more sustainable techniques such crop rotation, intercropping and others will be incorporated to increase the students’ and teachers’ knowledge. Farmers around this school have gone organic, meaning less or no agrichemical usage, and so does the school. Animal manure is used to fertilize the soil, and the kitchen waste is used to make compost that reinforces soil fertility. Pest and disease management was learnt and will be gradually put into practice. Some part of the harvest is shared among the students, some sold to teachers and school neighbors to generate income and some stored as seeds.
Kandara sub-county, Murang’a county