The last two months have not been kind to the Dako Garden in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, as those who tend to its crops have struggled with locust infestation and water supply issues.
ALERT sought to reinvigorate the rural Dako Garden’s efforts and so arranged a special visit from Rebecca, one of the workers at the Chinotimba Old Peoples Home whose garden is wildly successful. Rebecca undertook training two years ago and has since managed a successful garden plot which feeds the residents at the Old People’s Home. Rebecca’s workshop for the 38 men and women that use the Dako Garden for their own nutrition and for commercial sales of excess produce was a very successful knowledge-sharing activity.
Rebecca helped the ladies plough and plant a new plot and gave them advice on watering procedures, how far to clear the grass around the garden area so as not to promote bugs and locusts, and how to make compost from grass. She also demonstrated how to transfer seedlings from one plot to another.
Those in attendance were attentive and thankful for the support.
About this project
The Dako Garden is a subsistence-farming project that assists the families of 38 men and women who are either affected or infected with HIV. This community garden is located in the Monde Village, about 20km from Victoria Falls Town. Not only does food grown provide for the needs of the garden’s members, but excess produce is sold to generate income for them. ALERT is dedicated to ensuring food security for the communities in which we work, and this large farming plot assists the rural community with vegetables and fruits during the long, harsh dry season.