Ngarachi community garden is located in Ngarachi village, Laikipia county. It was established in 2014 and is cultivated by 26 members (10 men and 16 women) with the goal of enlightening and demonstrating the importance of indigenous foods, sustainable agriculture, and seed conservation.
This half acre plot of land was donated by one of the group members whose land is surrounded by different types of trees (both indigenous and exotic).
The group started by cultivating a number of crops such as: carrots, spinach, onions, kale, black nightshade, and sorghum. They are currently diversifying the garden with more crops, especially indigenous ones like millet, cassava, and yams that are well adapted to the semi-arid climate of the area.
After participating in the training session on the Gardens in Africa project, they started practicing sustainable food production methods that include: trench composting and mulching (to improve the soil structure and texture) as well as natural forms of pest and disease control.
Portable gardens and multi-story gardens are also present and are aimed at demonstrating to the group members and community at large how to maximize space, which is growing less available due to the increased subdivision of the land as the population continues to grow. Water remains a big challenge, especially during the dry season. A water pump was purchased to pump water from a nearby dam for supplemental irrigation through a drip irrigation system.
Ngarachi Village, Laikipia county