Water conservation is of primary importance in farming and through the use of cultivating household “grey” water, we aim provide knowledge to farmers by include this in our training syllabus. By installing 5000L water tanks (which we are presently canvassing for funds) into each farming household we will be able to utilise the naturally occurring rain water run off from the roof of households, into tanks, therefore creating a naturally occurring water source for household usage and then piped onto crops as indicated in page 4.
Water Management Techniques:
Household water has a high rate of soap and other chemicals, which we have found is an effective natural treatment against nematode in vegetable crops, but high quantities of this water can be detrimental to crops, so an intervention of adding a treatment of the water prior to use in crops is vital. Within our Eco Green training centre one of the courses provided deal with treatment program effectively.
By introducing farmers to these methods of effective insect control we are able to reduce the need to spray pesticides therefore preserving soil. Please see Page 7 for diagram.
Recycling of plastic and glass:
The training center have entered into an agreement with a recycling company (Consol Glass) who will collect all crushed glass from a central point (within 5km of all small scale farmers), we encourage each student to collect all glass, (we include methods of crushing glass) from neighbors etc, take to a central point close to their home, this is then collected by our organisation, and sold onto Consol Glass, profits are then used for purchases of seed crops and given to each (student/farmer) for a period 3 months. In this way we can create jobs for sustainable growth through a network of sales of crops.
Recycling vehicle Tyres:
We train our farmers to use Vehicle tyres to build animal shelters, animal feeding troughs, crop growing, soil erosion through the building of retaining walls, contouring embankments on steep hills for growing of crops.
These tyres are abundantly available from Margate tyre manufacturers who are only too willing to drop them off at our training centre.. Crop irrigation through the use of old containers such as old washing machines, and any other vessel which can contain water.