ASYV has secured land for farm production. The objective is to develop the road map to business development for future sustainability in terms of food and income generation besides extending different skills in Agriculture to ASYV students internal and external local community for their future development.
There are about 30 to 50 workers depending on the season. About 12 families (16 students each) come to help on the farm every Saturday for 2 hours.
Apart from the above workers and student facilitation, the farm is led by; General director, Director of business development, Agriculture coordinator, farm manager and volunteers here to assist by giving advices, research on new technologies and ideas.
Cultivated land on ASYV farm
The ASYV now has about 16 hectares of cultivated land above the school and below in the village. This land holds orchards with mango, avocado and citrus trees as well as 1-2 hectares of banana plantations. We also use the land to grow crops such as peppers, cabbages, dodo, onions, watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans (both dried and green).
We have planted Irish potatoes on about 2 hectares of the land and corn on another 4.8 hectares. The harvested corn is then processed and returned to our kitchen for consumption. We also utilize 5 greenhouses which are situated near the school to grow vegetables.
We also have one rain water harvesting pit with the capacity of approximately 200,000 cubic meters. The farm has also recently dug several water catchment ditches (swales) along the contour lines of the hill, in the bananas. This is to improve water absorption into the soil.
Animal production We are expecting to receive 1,500 day-old chicks from Belgium in the near future. We will then house these chicks within two chicken houses. There are roughly 17 cows that graze in the cultivated areas with a cowboy. We have one exotic Friesian cow and all the others are crossbreeds. The cows give milk and the chickens give eggs for the dining hall.
Pasture management was among our priorities in animal husbandry and now animals can graze freely without disturbances. We also keep 16 modern beehives and 4 traditional hives with bees. We are planning to have 50 modern beehives and hope to produce sufficient honey for our kids by next year.