Food Security and Permaculture at Kangemi Slums

 Kangemi students,  happy permaculture practitioners

Kangemi students,  happy permaculture practitioners

The Kangemi Youth Center is a 1.3 acre primary school (300 children) bordering the Nairobi river in Kangemi Slums.

In February 2016 we implemented extensive permaculture garden designs as part of a 'school feeding' pilot project completed in December that year.

Together with 10 previously unemployed parents from the community who all attended a week long permaculture training, the site now boasts some of the following designs that continue to supplement the children's lunch on a regular basis:

  • Food Forest
  • Swales (Contour Terraces)
  • Polyculture Garden Beds
  • Chicken Coops
  • Banana Circle & Compost Making
  • Vertical Sack Gardens
  • '3 Sisters' Demonstration Beds ( Maize, Beans, Ground Cover Crop e.g Pumpkin)

 

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Above: Polyculture beds including a mix of commercial crops like cabbage, spinach, and tomatoes.  Indigenous species including Sagaa, Mchicha and Kunde.

 Above: One of our student team eating sugarcane grown from root scraps donated by neighboring kiosks.

Above: One of our student team eating sugarcane grown from root scraps donated by neighboring kiosks.

 Above: Our Kangemi parent work team holding a cheque for Ksh 100,000/- from a fundraising race . The funds were used to purchase seed, grafted seedlings boleya (manure) and new tools.

Above: Our Kangemi parent work team holding a cheque for Ksh 100,000/- from a fundraising race . The funds were used to purchase seed, grafted seedlings boleya (manure) and new tools.

 Above: Indigenous 'purple' amaranth

Above: Indigenous 'purple' amaranth

 Above: Moringa tree with student name

Above: Moringa tree with student name

 Above: Mass sweet potato production - we harvested 50 kg's of the buggers!

Above: Mass sweet potato production - we harvested 50 kg's of the buggers!

 Above: Tomatoes in the greenhouse being tied up with leftover scraps from a hessian factory located close by

Above: Tomatoes in the greenhouse being tied up with leftover scraps from a hessian factory located close by

 Above: Polyculture dream! inc. tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, amaranth, maize, sweet potato, pumpkin, kunde, red kidney bean

Above: Polyculture dream! inc. tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, amaranth, maize, sweet potato, pumpkin, kunde, red kidney bean

 Above: Polyculture dream! inc. tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, amaranth, maize, sweet potato, pumpkin, kunde, red kidney bean

Above: Polyculture dream! inc. tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, amaranth, maize, sweet potato, pumpkin, kunde, red kidney bean