Regeneration Is Key
For our society to become sustainable the world is in need of some regeneration! We wanted to prove that this could work, on almost any land, and we wanted to ensure the local community benefitted from this too.
So what did we do?
A piece of land that was literally a dumpsite, was used for burning (often plastics) and as a tip for a family compound. On this land, we decided to start a community garden, where we would employ the local community to work on the land, and give away the fruit and veg grown on it to the local community.
After just 4 weeks we had 4 vegetable patches, including one huge raised bed. Our nursery was thriving with seedlings of tomatoes, melons, peppers, chillis, aubergine, and much more, most of which were ready to be transplanted to their productive adult beds.
We had over 20 different plant and fruit trees that had now settled into the garden and started to grow and thrive!
This was all after just 4 weeks, for more news on the garden, and how the transfer from mainly our work to the community's work will be covered in our community garden blog.
Mansour is a young man from Sukuta village! He helped us so much in the first stages of the garden by clearing the land and helping with odd jobs. He now comes every 2 days to water the garden and can not believe how much it has changed since his first visit.
Aime is a passionate gardener from Brikama, Gambia. She has been growing a garden there for 7 years, and it's amazing! It's a pocket of beautiful greenery in the middle of one of the busiest places in the country. She sells young plants and provided us with cashew, avocado, papaya, lemon, and orange trees to help start our garden. She will be a long-term planner and gardener in the garden.
We met Sam in the idyllic tranquility of Janjanbureh. We loved him immediately. Sadly Sam has had a troubled life, with great success, only for it to be cruelly taken away from him.
We have formed a fantastic bond with Sam, and we are so happy that he has started working for us in the garden, with a paid salary. This has helped him regain his confidence and he seems so happy to be working with us.