A demonstration farm for:
- Water harvesting
- Soil conservation and management
- Setting up of tree nurseries
- Farming of new crops in the area
- Fish farming, poultry, mushroom, bee keeping and farming of emerging crops in the area
- Research techniques.
1. Conservation farming: This will be a major concern of the farm that will aim at training subsistence farmers on how they can maintain the quality and the quantity of their soils. This farming method will not only enhance productivity of individual farms but will also develop the ecosystem, minimize emission of carbon in the atmosphere, manage waste in the environment and promote organic farming.
The farm is registered as a Self Help Group with the Government and the Government is welcomed to use the facility to reach out to the locals in their training programmes. The farm has a registration certificate from Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA) for its nursery and are in the process of getting another certificate from the Kenya Plant Inspectorate (KEPHIS).
2. A bigger nursery: The three year old nursery motivated by the thought, ‘more trees brighter life’ must expand now. The youth would like to join the promotion of the ‘magic’ Jatropha and Moringa trees by raising not less than 5,000 seedlings of each every year. Both are good for alternative energies, bio-diesel and food and do well in semi-arid areas.
The nursery will also promote the planting of indigenous trees by raising thousands of indigenous seedlings in the nursery. This will not only encourage the ‘greening’ of the environment but will also join national effort on preservation of our environmental heritage.
The older people in the community know the best trees that survive long dryspells, termites attach, and that can sprout when cut etc. These resourceful persons can help in environmental preservation by passing such knowledge to the youth. This will indeed make the Demonstration Farm a knowledge preservation center.
The demonstration farm will continue planting and selling seedlings of fruit trees like citrus, mangoes, guavas, avocado and whatever else the market demands. Forest trees, flowers and hedge plants will also continue to be raised and sold.
3. An income generating project: This project will support itself and hopefully help to establish a scholarship foundation for Secondary and college education for the less privileged in the area. It will also be a place to demonstrate to the young people that agri-business is a creative alternative for livelihood. This means that they can get money from self-created jobs in the rural and stop the unnecessary urban migration.
4. Agricultural Institute: This will offer credited certificates, diplomas, degrees, certificates of participation on diverse field of agriculture. The institute will spear head poverty eradication programmes in the county.
The project will be used as a learning institution for visiting groups, individuals, schools, colleges and Churches.