The organic farming project at Oliver’s Village is focused on ensuring the food security of our beneficiaries. We have to provide sufficient food for the 200 children in our early childhood development centre and the 150 patrons of our feeding program. The organic farm sits on six acres of property and is divided into two sections:
- Three acres of organic vegetable farm;
- Three acres of food forest.
To ensure that our organic farming methods are sustainable we employ the following farming techniques:
- In order to protect the soil and environment, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used ;
- Companion planting where necessary;
- Crop rotation;
- Rain water harvesting;
- Green manuring.
Over 200 fruit trees are growing in the food forest and a further 75 fruit trees are scattered around Oliver’s Village. We plant spinach and bush beans as a ground cover in the food forest. Thirteen different kinds of fruit are grown at Oliver’s Village
Aquaponics is a combination of aqua culture and hydroponics. We added this method of growing vegetables in our organic farming practices so that we are able to include fish in the diet of the children at Oliver’s Village Early Childhood Development Centre.