J TEN VILLAGE PROJECT is a non-profit Kenya-based NGO with proven track record, measurable results as well as transformative methodology for alleviating poverty and building resilience in drylands of Kochia Village, Homa Bay County.
Our projects are aimed at helping upcoming and existing farmers increase their yields through organic farming, help orphans widows and unable families graduate from extreme poverty by giving them tools to help them start their own farms and provide them with foods stuff
to sustain them.
Our initiative should be reflected as a diversified source of living that help in feeding various families that are in need, give medical care and offer any possible support.
Here are three simple techniques for maximizing the output of your vegetable garden:
Intensive Planting Beds
The surest way to increase the yield from a vegetable garden is to reduce the space between plants. The idea is to plant-wide bands, thus reducing the amount of ground devoted to paths..paths.
To start an intensive garden, make a bed of any length, but limit its width to 3 to 4 feet across so you can reach the center of the bed from either side. Although it’s not necessary to box in the bed, this is a good idea. When you enclose a bed with vertical boards, it’s not only neater, but the soil won’t collapse onto the paths. It also will be much easier for you to install row covers or erect supports for vertical growing.
What You Need:
String, small sticks or dowels, trowl or dibble, seedlings, watertrowl or dibble, seedlings, water
Before planting the bed, prepare the soil by digging at least 8-12 inches and turning over shovelfuls to loosen and aerate it. Add in organic matter, such as compost or manure. The more organic matter you mix in, the better.
Then run lines of string to establish a grid. The grid will help you position young plants at the proper distance from one another.
Use a trowel or dibble to dig holes for transplant-sized vegetables. Gently remove the seedling from its container, then grasp the leaves to guide it while supporting the root ball.
Set the plant in the hole at the same depth at which it was growing in its container. Firm the soil gently over the roots around the stem. This will help put the roots in contact with
Make evenly spaced depressions in the soil with your finger if you are planting seeds. Be sure to follow the recommendations on the seed packet to know how deep to make the depressions.
Water well. For transplants, apply a gentle shower using a watering can or hose-end sprayer. For seeds, use the lightest setting on a hose-end sprayer to avoid disturbing the soil.
Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones.
Organic production is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the agro-ecosystem, including soil organisms, plants, livestock and people. The principal goal of organic production is to develop enterprises that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment.
The general principles of organic production, from the Canadian Organic Standards (2006), include the following:
- protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health
- maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil
- maintain biological diversity within the system
- recycle materials and resources to the greatest extent possible within the enterprise
- provide attentive care that promotes the health and meets the behavioural needs of livestock
- prepare organic products, emphasizing careful processing, and handling methods in order to maintain the organic integrity and vital qualities of the products at all stages of production
- rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural systems
Organic farming promotes the use of crop rotations and cover crops, and encourages balanced host/predator relationships. Organic residues and nutrients produced on the farm are recycled back to the soil. Cover crops and composted manure are used to maintain soil organic matter and fertility. Preventative insect and disease control methods are practiced, including crop rotation, improved genetics and resistant varieties. Integrated pest and weed management, and soil conservation systems are valuable tools on an organic farm. Organically approved pesticides include “natural” or other pest management products included in the Permitted Substances List (PSL) of the organic standards. The Permitted Substances Lists identifies substances permitted for use as
pesticides in organic agriculture. All grains, forages and protein supplements fed to livestock must be organically grown.
The organic standards generally prohibit products of genetic engineering and animal cloning, synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, synthetic drugs, synthetic food processing aids and ingredients, and ionizing radiation. Prohibited products and practices must not be used on certified organic farms for at least three years prior to harvest of the certified organic products. Livestock must be raised organically and fed 100 percent organic feed ingredients.
Organic farming presents many challenges. Some crops are more challenging than others to grow organically; however, nearly every commodity can be produced organically.
J-TEN VILLAGE PROJECT is a community youth group dealing in permaculture and organic farming/agricultural farming programs with the aim of upgrading the living standards of the poor that live in our communities.
The project was started in 2013 by ten people (6 men, 4 women) with a mission of promoting community action towards reduction of socio-economic impact of poverty on the local community and help increase the per capita income. One other aim of the group is to sustain orphaned children, widows and help in sharing responsibilities.
It is our vision that, through introducing gardening techniques we can promote family life, education and home based care. This process of informing and educating aims at empowering children as well
as widows through agricultural production .
This form of agribusiness and agricultural values can form a chain of development linking up to local markets and engender a culture of environmental conservation and sustainability for our future