Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Student Garden

By Sara:

Despite all of the frustrations with voracious sheep eating the practical class garden, and to my complete amazement, the maize managed to revive itself.  The students were really excited to see how well it grew while they were on holiday and actually wondered if I had put extra fertilizer on it (besides the manure they used when planting).  But no, it was only fertilized the once with manure.

This maize possibly looks better than the maize of the same variety planted nearby because we weeded around it early, mulched some of it, and intercropped other parts with beans.

We recently went out and tied the maize leaves around a bunch of the cobs to keep birds from peeling them open and eating the maize. 

It was also an opportunity for the students to each pick a cob to eat, boiled (but don't imagine corn on the cob because it's not sweet corn).  They were pretty excited about the maize and had lots of fun taking pictures. 

I'm not sure if I'm being baptized in this picture or what:

Practical Bee Class

By Sara:

At the end of last term, I took a survey of the students to see what kinds of practical skills they would be interested in learning about.  If the skills were something I am knowledgeable about and they fit into my practical class plans, I added them into the curriculum.

One skill the students were interested in was bee keeping.  I couldn't take them all out to look at bees without bee suits (just imagine that disaster), but I borrowed some equipment to show them and teach them about in class.  They had lots of good questions, like about how to get bees to move into a hive, how to know when honey is ready to be harvested, and about the differences between types of hives. 

Now, the bee suits I borrowed aren't the best quality, but they at least gave the students enough of the idea of the importance of making sure there are no holes where the zippers end, tucking their pants into their socks, and making sure their nose doesn't touch the net in front of their face.

It was not difficult finding volunteers to try the suits on and all the students immediately whipped out their phones to take pictures of these guys:

Planting on the Contour

By Sara:

The workers at the Anglican farm across the street are not only interested in baking, but also in skills which will help them in their own farming.  One skill they asked me to share about was how to plant a garden on a hilly slope.  This whole area has lots of hills and many people plant up and down the slope, leading to lots of erosion when it rains.

So I showed them a simple technique for marking the contour of a hill so you can plant along that line.

It was a very timely skill for everyone to learn and practice since many of them were just starting to prepare and plant gardens on the same hill where we did the lesson.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October Prayer Letter

Thank you to everyone for your interest in this ministry, your financial support, and your prayers for us.   You can download our latest prayer letter here - October Prayer Letter Kenya