Leaving thickets of trees for some shady shelter, wonder of wonders, clearing just here, Mustapha finds our oasis!
The Bangura brothers remember their Pa talking about it and farm manager Ayie remembers when she was a little girl before the war there being one and here it is the perennial swamp!
A permanent home for our Azolla and a water source our project coordinator and engineer Amabest can now make plans to connect and irrigate Hope Sakuma’s demonstration paddy plots for all year round growing and farmer field school!
While the boys continue clearing alnd for boli, IVS and corn, Amabest shows the ladies how to give the onion beds a top dressing of Hope Sakuma's new bochasi mix being given a final turn by Hassan - this one ram-packed full of ground fish scraps from Moa Wharf - before the ladies water in.
The farmer field schools' first onion beds (17) and second harvest of okra, now ten beds, are thriving as are the cucumber and watermelon plants in the zero tillage paddy.