May/June 2015 Visit
Goals of Visit
- To enable people to start to benefit from the work by being able to harvest food
- To stop and or slow the erosion. To plant native erosion control grasses to stabilize the hillsides behind the ICT (Information, Communication and Technology Center) building.
- To plant trees for food, firewood, medicinal purposes and biodiversity.
- For the school children to create a book with poems, art work and stories about taking care of the land and learning how make the land productive year after year.
- To mark out the site for the 2nd garden by the Catholic School and the ICT building and start to fence that new garden site.
To achieve these goals 4 major projects were focused on:
Project 1 : Erosion control project on the hillside behind the ICT center.
The construction crew comprised of UCC students and locals was joined by 41 students from the Population Studies and Public Health Department who were staying with host families and working on their service projects. Brush left where the land had been cleared was used in the construction. Beginning with small brush, erosion crevices and gullies were filled, then the graduated sizes were subsequently added, building layers of debris in the largest trenches to slow the water. The immediate goal was to remove the risk of damage or collapse of the ICT building by stopping the flow of water into the trench around this building and divert the water to manageable gullies and creating a terraced grassy hillside adjacent to the building. A silt fence about 10 feet was constructed above the major trench using bamboo left over from construction to provide the posts. A landscape netting was attached to the posts and a section of the netting buried in a trench, that ran the length of the fence. This trench with filled with rocks and slash from kenkey waste, covered with soil and compacted slightly. Small and medium sized debris was added to the front of the silt fence to further hold any soil that water is carrying off the hill behind it. More silt fences at sites where built where major water flows are anticipated and more debris added to the largest gully that joins the big one. Then the planting project on the hillside began to further stop the erosion. Erosion control grasses are now being planted behind the silt fences.and erosion control trees will be planted on the hillside next to the footpath where people walk down the hill.
The chief of the village, Nana Aku spoke to the students about the work in his village and thanked them for their help, inviting them to come back to Yamoransa to see the progress in the years to come. Kwame worked alongside everyone but also provided everyone with tools, water, snacks and humor. The project was also led by Timothy and Faustina, the leaders of the Green Club.
Project 2 : Start the first Garden planting by the Methodist school – aka “Victoria’s garden” and continue work on gardens already selected and in progress
The garden was prepared for planting by weeding, laying manure to 1/2 meter, making a compost enclosure, and performing active pest control. Annuals and perennial food plants were obtained from the university and other sources. Additional trees were planted in the first garden. Where trees were planted outside the fences, then fencing was installed around each tree and someone was assigned as a guardian of the tree.
Project 3 : Select the sites for the Catholic School gardens
Alrie partnered with the director of the school and the priest to choose 8 locations which optimized the fact that water captured from the roof of the ICT will be diverted to the these school gardens. After establishing the sites the boundaries will be marked, holes dug for fence posts and fencing bought and installed, and a gate added, install it and a gate added. A compost area of manure and brown plantain waste is planned near the garden sites. In due course, this compost will be applied to all the garden plots to prepare for next Spring planting.
Project 4 : Book project
Awo and Samuel Henking started work on this project with the children at the two schools.
Current status on 16 proposed gardens
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