International Work

Liz Departing for Africa in June 2011

In June 2011 Liz Elmore took part in a sustainable agriculture service learning project with Global Service Corps in Arusha, Tanzania.  Here are a few photographs and comments on her experience there.

Liz’s homestay family.
Liz’s homestay


One of many markets in Arusha – so much fresh food

View of Mt. Meru (second highest mountain in TZ)

A GSC demonstration plot in Arusha

Many of the corn fields were dry and dying due to the lack of rain during the rainy season
Of course this was no problem for those who could afford irrigation (Monsanto)…

The village of Monduli, about an hour northeast of Arusha, was mountainous and surprisingly lush

Classroom portion of training in Monduli
Double-digging practical

Double-dug beds are initially labor intensive, but do not require machinery, and though labor intensive at first, they last for several years. We start by removing the topsoil (1 foot), then the subsoil, and loosening the soil  one more foot before amending the soil with compost as we return it into the bed.

After shaping the bed and adding mulch, we were  ready to plant. Seeds can be planted closer together since roots will not be competing for space horizontally. Double-digging also ensures good water penetration and soil aeration.

Making compost in Monduli – it will be ready in 5-6 weeks. Alternative to chemical fertilizers, an agricultural method  widely used in TZ. The large stick coming out of the middle of the pile acts as a thermometer (if the end is hot, decomposition is happening!)

Just like the mountains of WNC

Liz with Babu Kahawa (Gpa Coffee)
Coffee beans!!
Ripe and ready for harvesting

The village of Angikaret was dusty and dry (water especially scarce)

Sunrise on the way to chicken vaccinations.

Vaccinating against Newcastle Disease,
which kills 70% of chicken populations
in TZ each year

A boma, home of  Maasai villagers in Angikaret

Sack gardens provide a way for families with limited land and water to grow vegetables. An empty food sack is filled with a mixture of compost and soil with a small tube of gravel running through the middle (and where the sack is watered). Seeds are planted all along the sides and the top.

What it should look like in a couple of weeks!
Closing ceremony in Angikarot

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