Everything’s going to Bee alright! – gardening training in Lesotho
Khubetsoana Community Home gardening project
On the 13th February – 18th February 2023 the Eco-culture team ( namely Ms Thapelo Lipholo and Khahliso Letsie had an Adult Home gardening training session for the community of Khubetsoana in Lesotho.
On day 1 introduction to training to the attendees was done, they were given of the brief explanation of Eco-Culture Organization and Green Anglicans there after a local farmer by the name of Ntate Bofihla Letsie shared with us , his previous works and health challenges and how farming has contributed to his wellbeing with the advice from the doctor that he should invest in home grown foods. He also led the discussion on bee keeping, mushroom growing and wild range chicken farming and cross breeding of trees.
On day 2, we were honoured to have visitors from the Ministry of Forestry who gave training on bee keeping,
On day 3, we looked at chicken farming with the training, the with a focus on how to start, the feeds, medication, and housing activities like mulching or sawdust bed for the warmth of the chicks. The market and challenges experience by small scale farmers and why creating cooperatives or partnerships is an ideal way to work as this helps with consistence.
On day 4 we trained on citreous fruits and also discussed how climate change has affected the industry one of the local farmer came with oranges from her own orchard and shared with us the advantages that come with growing own fruit trees .
Day 5 was more about seedlings production, where the community was taught how to grow their own seedlings, the green leaf vegetables as well as herbs. How they can also get into the market of growing seedlings for commercial purposes.
On day 6 we had site visit to Ntate Bofihla Letsie’s farm, where community members had first hand experience of how things like boiler farm look like , mushroom production house, bee hives on a leased land and an orchard.
We are grateful for the support of the United Thank Offering for this project