Eco-garden is a community based organization dedicated to educate the people of Kenya by mobilizing and working with communities to sustainably use, manage, and conserve natural resources for the benefits of current and future generations. Eco-garden integrates food production and gardening within the principles of nature in ways which preserve the holistic functions of ecosystems and the existence of biological diversity.
Environmental conservation and organic gardening projects are facilitated specifically to provide technical knowledge to community groups developing on-farm and on-site conservation practices by sustainably using natural resources such that they will be available for both wildlife and human generations in the future. Eco-garden has taken the challenge to educate these communities about the values of their remaining natural resources (wildlife, fertile soil, patchy indigenous forests, and wetlands). The project targets farmers, women and youth groups, and young farmers' clubs in both primary schools and high schools. Because the transfer of knowledge and information from government agencies (Ministry of Agriculture) has collapsed, farmers are left on their own, and no environmental conservation classes are offered in schools. Therefore, by working with school kids, Eco-garden hopes the students will pass the information to their parents. Lastly, the project aims to educate and encourage local groups to provide future training to community members through hands-on practical approaches and participatory planning.
- Maintain and run a 7-acre teaching and demonstration center focused on organic gardening;
- Preserve the remnant natural habitats, land, and water that represent the survival of biological diversity;
- Enhance environmental education among schools, farmers' groups and cultural stakeholders;
- Promote agro-ecology and agro-biodiversity among small-scale farmers to enhance food production and provide balanced diets;
- To promote environmental sanitation while providing technical assistance in natural resource management.
- Organic gardening through double digging, composting, agro-biodiversity and companion planting;
- Soil erosion control through terrace construction on sloppy lands;
- Plastic bag clean-up within the Kesogon market or trading centre;
- Water conservation and spring protection for supply of clean drinking water within the wetland areas;
- Tree nursery establishment to supply indigenous seedlings;
- Extension and on-farm training of land use and planning, indigenous seed saving and food production.
Previous accomplished work
Eco-garden was known as Kaisagat Environmental Conservation Youth Group until this year when it changed its name after being upgraded from a self-help group to a community-based development organization. While operating as the K.E.C.Y. Group, the following projects were accomplished
- Trained over 500 small scale farmers in organic farming in 2003;
- Laid terraces in 100 farms of 5 acres each to control soil erosion on farms in Kesogon village;
- Completed 3 clean water spring-fed well protection projects serving 650 families;
- Raised and supplied over 70,000 indigenous tree seedlings to farmers;
- Started environmental conservation education in nearby schools;
- Organized and led community members in cleaning up plastic bags and containers at Kesogon market;
- Established a demonstration and training center used to train farmers.
Wanambisi E. Wesakania, Msc
P. O. Box 27
Kesogon, Code 30215, Kenya
A W.I.S.H. Africa