COMMENTARY

Thanks for the inspiration
Aspiring Kenyan farmer gives a nod to New Farm for
his burgeoning truck patch.

Posted February 16, 2007

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My most recent harvest was pretty fancy, since my family for the first time traveled with me from the city of Nairobi, where my pretty wife Gladys works as an administrator for Agricultural Finance Corporation, a government parastatal establishment.

They gave me a lot of encouragement, with my son, Owuor, doing most of the pruning and helping with other labor and my daughter, Jerono, helping her mother with kitchen work in preparing real vegetarian meal, fresh from our garden.

My real happiness is the encouragement I have been getting from the New Farm newsletter. I have prepared three volumes in color to show friends and have so far succeeded in putting two of my great friends to start their own small-scale vegetable farms. They are not quite computer literate and may not be able to communicate with you, as rural Kenya lacks such facilities as e-mail centers.

I am looking forward to hiring a 50-acre plot and am negotiating for land to enable my first trial on commercializing my cabbages and Rhodes grass (Chloris Gayana). I would wish to have 5 acres of traditional vegetables, most of which are very medicinal, 15 acres of cabbages, 5 acres of cales (kale-type vegetables) and 25 acres devoted to Rhodes grass seed.

Last season, I planted 10 acres from my own plot with Columbus grass, and I am still waiting to secure its market, mostly in Saudi Arabia. This seed is one of the best feeds for ostrich breeders and farms. The proceeds from my already harvested 170, 50-kg bags will finance the 50 acres mentioned above.

I am happy to talk about this due to my enlightenment derived from New Farm. I want to acknowledge all that I feel to have borrowed from this great journal/newsletter.

I am looking forward to hearing more about CSA farmer John and Aimee Good’s experience.

Faithfully,
John Owuor
Nairobi, Kenya