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Update: Maize and bean harvest 2015 118 x 90kg maize 24 x 90kg beans

In late December 2014 during the school break the Headmaster visited the School Maize Farm and was able to negotiate the rental of the 6 acres of land needed for 2015.

The farm keeper frequently travels to Nairobi on business and he has kindly agreed to transport several bags of the maize which was grown at the farm in 2014 to the school which will save on transportation costs. In 2014 the harvest produced 123 x 90 kg bags of maize and 11 bags of beans.
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The ploughing of the fields took place in January. The maize was intercropped with beans and will be used to support the School Feeding Programme which will help to ensure that every child at the school receives a daily meal.

In late July 2015 the bean crop was harvested and winnowed and yielded 20 x 90kg bags of beans. The maize crop is due to be harvested in November. One of the 90kg bags of beans was reserved and half of those beans were sold to fund the rental of a further one acre of land, the remaining 45Kg of beans were replanted and will be harvested in November with the maize.

In November a total of 118 x 90 kg bags of maize were harvested and a further 4 x 90 kg bags of beans making a total bean harvest of 24 x 90 kg bags.

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Sacks of beans Aug 2015

The Headmaster with the 20 x 90 kg bags of beans which were harvested in August 2015.

Update: Maize and bean harvest 2014 123 x 90kg maize 11 x 90kg beans

January 2014:

The Headmaster was again able to rent 6 acres of land for 2014.

We are now hoping to build on the solid foundations of this Maize Farm Project and to improve our farming methods so that we can gradually increase the acreage we rent with the objective of making the project self-sustaining in the near future.

On 3rd May, 2014 the Headmaster travelled to Kitale to check on the progress of the work at the maize farm. He was pleased to report that the planting of the crops had been completed and that already there were signs of shoots protruding out of the soil.

Although the weather had been dry over the previous few weeks, Richard was pleased to report that there had been continuous rainfall just prior to his visit and this was helping the crops.

Maize has been intercropped with beans on the 6 acres of land which the school is renting. The first weeding is scheduled to take place after the two week germination period.

The maize and beans which will be harvested will help to support the school feeding programme which aims to provide a daily meal for each child at the school.

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In November 2014 the maize was harvested and yielded 123 x 90kg bags which combined with the 11 x 90 kg bags of beans harvested in August will go a long way to supporting the School Feeding Programme.

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The farm worker weeding the crop in the earlier part of the year, and below the Headmaster with some of the 123 x 90 kg bags of maize harvested in 2014.

Update: Maize and bean harvest 2013 125 x 90kg maize 8 x 90kg beans

November 2013: Maize and beans harvest sustains School Feeding Programme

The Maize Farm Project is located in Kitale in the Trans Nzoia District which is basically the main maize growing region in Kenya. Kitale is the area where the Headmaster was born and where he was brought up. From the farm to Kitale town is about 20 kilometres and this is where most of the products for the farm are bought. The Headmaster oversees the Maize Farm Project and pays local workers for their labour during the planting and harvesting periods.

This year we rented 6 acres of land to grow maize and beans for the school feeding programme. The maize was inter-cropped with beans which will provide an additional source of nutrition for the children.

On the 9th November, 2013 the maize was harvested and the threshing and sun drying process commenced. Two weeks later the maize and beans were ready to be put into sacks. A total of 125 x 90kg bags of maize were harvested together with 8 x 90kg bags of beans.

In a year in Kenya which has seen poor weather conditions which has made farming difficult at times, and a devastating maize disease in some areas of the southern Rift Valley province, this harvest is indeed a good result for the school.

The maize and beans produced will help to ensure that the school children can continue to receive a daily meal at the school.

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The Headmaster with the 90kg sacks of maize

Maize harvest 2012.

The maize farm project has continued to prove productive with the Headmaster Richard Wanjala overseeing the ploughing, planting and harvesting. We rented 4 acres of land last year and from that 86 x 90kg bags of maize was harvested.

The maize produced has been able to sustain the school feeding programme which is so important as many of the children would go hungry each day were it not for that. This year we have increased to 6 acres and apart from the maize there will be an inter crop of beans.

A casual worker is employed to take care of the general daily work at the farm farm. During the busy periods of planting, weeding, top dressing and harvesting, several other local workers are taken on to help with this work.

After the necessary preparation work on the land the maize is planted. This year we are inter cropping the maize with beans and so once the maize has reached a certain height, the leaves are removed to ensure there is enough light for the beans. At this stage the beans can either be planted by spreading the seeds or by planting them in rows in between the maize rows. A short while after this process the maize will be harvested and the maize stalks cut down to give more room and essential light for the beans to continue growing. Unlike the maize, the beans do not require fertilisers.

Maize and beans can also be inter cropped at the same time with the beans being planted at the same time as the maize. However, by doing it this way it makes the weeding process much more difficult and great care has to be taken when weeding not to cut down the young plants. This is why we prefer to plant the beans at a later stage and when the maize is close to being harvested.

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First ploughing

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Headmaster Richard Wanjala
inspects second ploughing prior to planting