Imagine only being able to eat a fresh vegetable once or twice a week, and fresh fruit maybe a handful of times a year. This is a reality to many who live in conditions that don’t allow the growing of fresh food.
Luckily, that can change. Living Waters recently had an opportunity to make the Feeding Center more sustainable, and we need your help.
Here is the immediate need. The land must be fenced to keep the hippos from ravaging the farm (they are vegetarians). This will require a strong chain link fence that will have 3 inch metal pipe for poles and a heavy gauge chain link. It will also have the extended brackets and barb wire on top to keep potential poachers from taking the produce. In addition to the game fence, a complete irrigation system will need to be constructed. This will require a 30 foot tower that will have a 10,000 liter water tank on top along with a small diesel-operated water pump to bring water from the lake to the tank. There will be 2 1/2 inch water lines transferring the gravity feed water to the front of the land 1100 feet from the tower. Water manifolds and drip irrigation will also be need to be installed.
In addition to the fence and the land, a greenhouse can be built to provide the needed covered space for new seedlings and sensitive crops. And finally, it would be most helpful to have a small tractor that tills the land, cultivates, carries the produce to both the feeding center (on a daily basis) and to the market.