Mama Alice practises her kitchen gardening on one acre of her 3-acre farm. Alice and her late husband, Robert Nakitare, have 20 people in their family: 10 sons, 4 daughters and 6 grandchildren. This family provides labour in the garden, shares the produce for consumption at home, and sells some in the local market to generate income. The garden is located behind Alice’s kitchen and is surrounded by indigenous trees.
She grows indigenous vegetables such as leeks, cowpeas, spider herb, black night shade, jute plant, yams, pumpkin, bananas, “murere” (jute mallow), and kale. She also grows fruit such as gooseberry, guavas, lemons and local fruits like busangura, chifutu, etc. She feeds the farm produce to her family, shares with the neighbours, and feeds some to her chicken and cows. Her garden is also a pharmacy, where she cultivates traditional herbal trees and shrubs which she uses in preparing traditional medicine for her clients. She is an herbalist, a trade she inherited from her late grandmother. She believes in producing her own seeds, which she learned from her parents. Her farm products are organically grown.
Sikulu village, Sichei location, Chwele division and Bungoma Central District of Western Province
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