Amani Garden – Peace Garden
The Amani Garden was founded in 2008. It is about 0.5 ha in size. “Amani” is a Swahili word meaning “Peace”.
We have created this demonstration garden in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Kitale – Bidii – to inspire the surrounding villages and communities with perspectives and bring them closer to community-based approaches to sustainable development.
Garden and greenhouse
In the garden and greenhouse we plant vegetables, fruits, herbs and trees such as bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, coriander and aloe vera.
There is a building on the property that is used for trainings and as a meeting place for the OTEPIC Youth Group. Moreover, we have a library with permaculture literatury in this house. And currently lives Ben there.
In Amani garden there are two small biogas plants. The generated gas is used for cooking.
Photovoltaic powered well and water kiosk
The borehole of the well is 72m deep. The pump is operated by photovoltaic modules.
The pumped water is then used for watering the garden. Furthermore, people living in the surrounding villages receive clean drinking water for free at the water kiosk.
The hut in Amani garden is used for mushroom cultivation. In the photos you can see a new brood being prepared and then placed into the hut.
There are tow different solar cookers in use for cooking and baking.
Up- und Recycling
Old plastic bottles and plastic bags get a second life. Salad and vegetables thrive very well.