Three kilometers from the nearest garden, on a five hectare surface, is the Tonino Melis community garden. 15 women and 18 young people (33 people in total) are involved in the garden activities. Each woman is responsible for a piece of land which, helped by her children, she has the task of farming. Manure is made with chicken guano and is applied twice a year. Neem leaves are used to make pesticides, insecticides and much more. Agro-ecological products are also made: by soaking neem, tobacco and chili leaves in water, a mix is obtained which is then sprayed on leaves. Seeds for the following season are partially produced by selecting them from the best fruits. The rest is bought from the village or local shops. The garden is farmed with local and traditional products, such as onions, tomatoes, chilies, okra, sorrel and moringa (a ligneous local plant, eaten by the villagers). The educational farm Maya technically supports the garden by offering help, for instance, with composting and seed preparation techniques. The garden will be fenced (to prevent goats and pigs from destroying the harvest) and will have a water pump, thus becoming fully independent.
Mayda village, Mayo Danay Department, Far North Region