The garden is located at Mau-Narok village, Njoro sub county in Nakuru county. It was established towards at the beginning of 2016 by a group of 15 active members (9 women and 6 men) all above 25 years old. Some members have been practicing organic agriculture at their individual homes. ¼ acre piece of land was donated by one of the members to enhance learning and practicing sustainable agriculture together. They have a wide range of crops in their garden like sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, sorghum, maize, potatoes, cowpeas, beans, onions, kale, peppers, amaranth, spider weed and black nightshade. The garden is also expected to have a few fruits like the paw paws and bananas. Sustainable agricultural practices are applied in the gardens for instance crop rotation, intercropping, and the growing of cover crops (e.g. sweet potatoes). Since the members rear animals, manure to fertilize the soil is sourced from their homes. The member plan to implement compost and liquid manure making to increase the amount of organic fertilizers to properly nourish the soil. They also look forward to do pest control through different techniques that include: crop rotation, ash application, intercropping with pest repelling plants (eg onions), as well as with plant based pesticides made from a mixture of plants such as Mexican marigold, neem, garlic, chili pepper, onions and Tithonia leaves. The crops are only rain fed due to water inadequacy. Harvests will be shared among the members, a part conserved as seeds as well as selling the surplus to the neighbors.
Mau-Narok Village, Njoro sub county, Nakuru county
Joyce Ruguru Gimisi