Brosis Farm: Two Years Later
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During my visit to the Brosis School in February of this year, after almost two years since my first visit in 2012, I was particularly impressed to see the progress with the farm we started, which you can also check out in the above video or below slideshow.
It was clear the project had taken on a life of its own. Every inch of the space was teeming with a combination of maize and sukuma wiki, a traditional green leafy vegetable. I was told a great deal of labor (on top of a great deal of labor) had gone into continuing to modify and perfect the trenches that funnel rain and so keep water from stagnating and damaging the crops.
They did it, I thought to myself. Headmaster Abel Siro, the students, and the parents took full ownership of this project, have been working hard on it, and even put their own money into it.
For somebody like myself, especially being from another country, this is exactly what you want to see happen. Sustainability of the sort is far from a given. Sometimes you start something, people are interested for awhile, and then the interest fades after you leave. At the Brosis School, whose spirit continues to inspire me greatly, this was not the case. I'm proud of that, humbled, and grateful.
I was also told that the farm is now semi-regularly providing for the students' lunch, which was the primary goal, as most of the children are unable to afford it and usually go without. It's great to know the children are taking fresh greens from their own school and being exposed to the values associated with that.
Here are some photos from the visit, where you can see how the farm has flourished over the past two years.
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