Sustainable Farming Program
Bakashana is extending our outreach and assistance to meet the demands of the local community. As Kasama is a rural area, and the majority of people in the province are engaged in subsistence farming, we have embarked on a collaborative program to assist local farmers and our grantees by offering trainings focused on sustainable farming techniques.
With the help of funding from Lush Cosmetics’ Charity Pot, Bakashana has created an organic garden at the Bakashana Resource Center. This garden supplies boarders at our center with healthy food, while at the same time teaching the girls farming, gardening, and financial-planning skills. This program complements our Supplementary Curriculum Program, offering the grantees skills in entrepreneurship and improved farming techniques which they can use/to help themselves and their families.
The Sustainable Farming Program is also helping local farmers to access resources and information regarding organic farming, including the use of locally-available animal manure, the theory and application of manure-tea, natural pesticides, and herbicides, and agroforestry trees. Bakashana is working in collaboration with The US Peace Corps, Zambia. Two volunteers are working with Bakashana to assist in farmer outreach in and around Kasama. The reception from both the grantees and local farmers has been positive. Most Zambians make their living subsistence farming, and recent years have seen rising prices and reduced availability of synthetic fertilizers. What a perfect time for farmers to move toward utilizing locally-available, organic resources. This effort not only stimulates the local economy, but also allows the production of healthier food, and the reparation of soil health.