Processing maize

Today I got my maize ready for grinding.   I photographed each step and have written it up below.  I realize this is a process that is carried out every year, everywhere here, but for me it was the first time and I hope that the simple write up might help another newbie farmer! Continue reading

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Saving Soil

It seems to me that the most important thing on a farm is the soil – without it, it’s pretty difficult to grow anything!  That’s why these first few years farming, I have been working on growing and protecting my soil.  These are the simple steps I’ve had in mind:

DON’T burn the soil

DON’T dig the soil

DON’T march/walk on the soil

DO keep the soil covered at all times. Continue reading

Learning from Gods farming in wild places so we can farm Gods way

Last Friday we had some visitors to our farm to discuss together how we can apply Scripture to caring for creation, for animals, for the soil. Here is a taste of what we looked at!

First we climbed up the rocks behind the house to look at “Gods farm”, to observe a wild space, to see how God grows plants in nature. We read these verses from Psalm 104: Continue reading

Harvesting Groundnuts is hard work – or is it??!!!

It’s harvest time! The rains are finishing, the sun is warm, the skies are blue, and the harvest is being brought in. We praise God for His provision!

I’ve been receiving some compliments about my soil from helpers working with me to harvest the groundnuts. They tell me that usually harvesting groundnuts is usually hard work – the sun is hot so the soil is hard and dry. If you pull the groundnut plant, the leaves come without the groundnuts. You have to use a hoe to dig a lot to find the nuts.

However, they tell me that it’s much easier to harvest groundnuts on my farm because the soil is soft. On my farm, all you have to do is pull the leaves and the plant comes up, or you give it a little nudge with a small spade and everything comes up with very little effort. Continue reading