The Brosis Family Farm
Miss the previous update about my work at the Brosis School? Read it here.
Shortly after the school inauguration, we began the work of converting the sizable plot of land behind Brosis into a farm.
It wasn't being used, so we figured creating a farm could serve two main purposes: feed the students (who aren't able to eat lunch regularly) and bring in extra income for the school, as produce could theoretically be sold on the market.
This slideshow shows the journey from tilling to plantation to students having lunch because of the farm. With many thanks to the Living Smile donors who made this project possible.
One of the biggest, unanticipated difficulties we had was stagnating water during heavy down pours, which would kill newly planted crops, causing us to dip into our limited budget to replace them.
The land is totally even, so the water isn't able to run off anywhere during rain, and we didn't create an irrigation system beforehand.
This challenge though lead to one of the most heart warming aspects of the project: the amount of volunteer help we received from one of the parents who was particularly enthusiastic about making the farm a success. (Headmaster Abel, as well, put in many long hours.)
This gentleman literally spent hours each day over the course of a few weeks digging a system of trenches so rainwater would have somewhere to escape to and not get stuck in the farm. After a lengthy process of trial and error, the farm is now able to tolerate heavy down pours without sustaining damage to the crops.
Update: While the farm has been able to provide lunch for the students semi-regularly, we were not able to successfully convert it into a steady income generating project given some of the challenges with the land and subsequent inability to produce a sufficient quantity of crops. The potential is there but some extra oversight and management is required to realize it.