The land beside our new skatepark was always meant to become in parts a kitchen garden. We started the project now to be ready to sow the seeds and plant the trees after the first sets in. This will be in the third week of June.
Pappu, our local backbone and Abhishek gathered the information needed for the project like the number of people needed, resources needed, cost of the resources and the right time for sowing. Prem Singh, an experienced organic farmer who runs a Kisan School in Banda, UP, with whom Ulrike used to work over many years, advised us on the quality of soil needed for a kitchen garden, the right time of sowing, the quality and quantity of compost to be used, where to plant the trees and so on.
Pappu started the work after we had all the information. He filled the land with the right soil for sowing, ploughed the area and laid out beds for the kitchen garden, made pathes out of stones between the beds and is now working on the fence. After that we will wait for the monsoon to sow the seeds.
Prem Singh will continue to support us, we arrange weekly zoom calls with him. He will share his ideas, the benefits and the proper way for organic farming in these calls. Two ladies of the village will take care of the kitchen garden. This will provide them a monthly income and once the harvest is done the ladies will cook healthy food with all vegetables for our kids!
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