Maize Farm 2023
In November 2022 the farm worker at the maize farm, reported that the total harvest of maize for the year yielded 71 x 90Kg bags from the 4 acres of land that was planted. A second season planting of beans had yielded 2 x 90Kg bags of beans.
Maize farming in Kenya last year proved particularly challenging as a result of the high cost of fertiliser. This resulted in many farmers taking the difficult decision not to plant maize last year and wait for the cost of fertiliser to reduce. On the school farm the farm worker had to use less fertiliser than he would have normally used to try and reduce costs and this has inevitably resulted in a reduced harvest.
The Founder and Director of Patmos School visited the farm in late December to oversee the negotiations for rental of land for 2023. As the cost of fertiliser had risen significantly in 2022 and land rental costs had increased, he decided to only rent 4 acres of land for the 2023 season.
The maize and beans grown at the school farm supplement the School Feeding Program which aims to provide a breakfast of porridge and a daily meal for all the children at Patmos School.
To read about the maize harvest in 2022 click here
To read about the maize harvest in 2021 click here
To read about the maize harvest in 2020 click here
To read about the maize farm project click here