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Kenya: Balcony farming helps city folk produce own food in Mombasa

Part of the garden of Ms Zainab Abdalla a a balcony farmer at Tononoka Majengo Machura Estate in Mombasa County./Alphonce Gari

“If such initiatives are embraced, there will be a variety of food that shall improve the nutritional needs of their families.”

By Alphonce Gari
The Star
Apr. 05, 2018,

Excerpt:

She followed up with the Agriculture office in Mombasa town, which taught her how to set up the garden.

Today, she is producing a variety of vegetables and fruits, including spinach, sukuma wiki, cabbages, mchicha, cowpeas, tomatoes and onions.

“The balcony garden does not need much maintenance. It is not time-consuming. I just devote 10 to 15 minutes of my free time to attend to the plants,” she said.

Agricultural officers trained her on how to mix the soil and the farmyard fertiliser to begin farming at the balcony.

Zainab started with one old sack, which she used to plant crops, then changed to buckets and crates.

The little balcony space acts as her one acre piece of land, which is always busy with different farming projects.

Standing on top of her house next to the Coast General Hospital, Zainab says through the project, she was able to produce enough for her family.

However, with time the harvest was more than enough, and she could not consume them alone.

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