The Sustainability of Agriculture

Agriculture is the most important activity on this planet as far as survival is concerned and recent reports have attributed most greenhouse gas emissions to Ag given ‘Approximately 37,000,000 hectares (91,000,000 acres) worldwide are now farmed organically, representing approximately 1% of total world farmland (2009) (see Willer/Kilcher 2011)’ Wikipedia. The rest 99% use toxic chemicalsmanufactured from oil, natural gas and God-knows-what else in the guise of herbicides, insecticides, growth hormones leading to cancer, allergies, sterility, infertility, insanity, vanity I tell you! Continue reading

How To Make Organic Fertilizer at Home

Kenyan agriculture faces huge challenges everyday…now the predicament is to do with fertilizer, there is a shortage of it and since most farmers are ignorant  lack information about organic farming and improving soil fertility by natural means like organic fertilizer, we will definitely not be able to feed the 40 million stomachs in this nation. Furthermore, we are a rain-fed agriculture nation so when the rains are erratic, more millions starve as politicians import genetically modified maize to blast the people with more cancer and disease. Continue reading

Water Insecurity Disaster

On this world water day Kenya stands at a catastrophic front given the current recent forest fires in the Mt Kenya forest which has destroyed a good part of the forest. To add salt to the wound is the fact that the media (the 4th branch of the government) has avoided broadcasting this environmental disaster, the same way they put a lid on the brutal murder of 2 AFC fans by Gor Mahia fans on Sunday…yes your government is lying to you but that’s nothing new. The worst part of this Mt Kenya Fire is yet to come. Continue reading

My Day at an Organic Farm

Today as I was busking on top of the roof of our building I saw two different styles of farming at the same time…one guy was spraying some chemicals to the tomatoes in our conventional farm (where I live) and the other side there were people applying some mulch to tomatoes in the neighbouring organic farm (In Karen there are many farmers you’d be surprised). It made me think a lot about how ignorant most Kenyan farmers are.

At the organic farm, I met the Head Agronomist we had a very good meeting and I will be developing his website where he will be selling organic seeds for cabbage, kales, tea, coffee, berries…He will also be selling compost which they have prepared 10 000 KGs of it, most target customers are ex-pats and people with lawns, small gardens and other organic farmers like us :-)

Berries

The Organic Agronomist also put emphasis on growing berries; rasp, black, blue, straw which all have a super high demand both locally and internationally and of course must be certified organic. I have always wanted to grow berries and getting good seeds and the farmer with expertise has always been the issue but I will make sure to develop his site in such a way that all of this knowledge is spread and we produce more berries because most of those in the market are imported.

Sweet Bell Peppers

I bought some yellow and red capsicum a.k.a sweet bell pepper and calling them sweet is an understatement, these veggies are so tasty if taken raw, fried or roasted with meat as in mshikaki, please do leave a comment

 

 

 

Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Aeroponics

Climate change is a reality. At independence in 1963, Kenya’s forest cover was 10% of it’s land mass but now it’s a greasly 1.2% due to massive deforestation. This has had a huge effect in terms of our water tower and subsequently food security. Apart from the micro climate change, the globe as a whole is pumping out greenhouse gases that are significantly shifting climate and weather patterns all over the world. Continue reading

Organic Farming Versus Conventional farming

This is perhaps the hottest debate in agriculture circles…organic or inorganic? First of all what is organic farming? Organic farming is the practice of agriculture without harming the land, water and people involved. It is the type of farming whereby you don’t use chemical fertilizers, herbicides rather natural and more conserving methods are adopted. Continue reading