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Plant With Purpose Phraseology:
Family Farm


Written by Plant With Purpose on March 27, 2014 in General, Phraseology

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On one-acre plots of land, farmers in Tanzania are changing their landscape. Training provided by Plant With Purpose prepares parents to establish family farms – small farms with multiple components that work together to nourish the family. These gardens integrate resources at hand to improve quality of life for the rural poor.

 

So, what makes a family farm?

1. Double dug garden beds

These one-by-six meter gardens are normally found close to the house and produce a variety of fruits and vegetables eaten daily. Crop diversification, companion planting, greater surface area, and improved soil aid in increasing crop yield and family nutrition.

 

2. Integrating trees

Trees typically make up the outer parameter of a family’s property. Trees provide fruit, animal feed, and fuel for wood-burning cookstoves. Each tree planted has a purpose and adds value to the family garden.

 

3. Incorporating animals

As finances increase, families invest in chickens, goats, and even cows. These livestock add protein to a family’s diet through milk, eggs, and meat. They also provide manure for garden fertilizer.

 

4. Soil restoration

Through trainings, families learn how to build up healthy soil. This is accomplished through composting, soil conservation barriers, and planting trees and cover crops that add nutrients to the soil.

 

Family gardens are diverse, miniature ecosystems that help farmers make the most of their resources. This spring, let’s help 200 families in Tanzania plant gardens! Visit From Poverty to Plenty to learn more.


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