Hope for Happiness Sustainable Farm

About the Farm

HFH has partnered with Mugeta Village Council on behalf of the villagers and the non-profit Mugeta Children School (MUCS) to implement a sustainable community farm, which the villagers can call their own. Our aim is to equip and empower Mugeta villagers with sustainable, modern farming skills in order to ensure food, health and livelihood security. Learn more about our overarching project goals, what we are working towards now and next steps below.

Project Goals:
 

  • Grow affordable, healthy produce and cereal crop to mitigate high levels of chronic malnutrition.

  • Provide MUCS with produce for their school lunch program.

  • Generate employment opportunities and foster financial independence.

  • Promote environmental sustainability by teaching take-home skills about growing foods without harmful chemicals or environmentally-harmful practices.

  • Create a platform to educate the local community about the importance of proper nutrition in order to aid in the prevention of life-threatening diseases and improve overall health.

PHASE I: What We Are Working Towards Now
We are currently in the final stages of fundraising for the implementation of HFH Sustainable Farm. 
 

  • Purchase or donation collection of small-scale farming equipment, including one mid-sized roto-tiller and one small cultivator for breaking up of tough soil. We will also need other tools such as shovels, hoes and hand-held gardening equipment for the villagers to use. The purchase of such equipment will increase the area that villagers can cultivate and can also be rented at a nominal cost to generate extra income for the farm's operation.

  • Water pump equipment purchase and installation. Water will be harvested from the village water catchment area ~450m from the farm location.

  • Initial seed purchase from local wholesale sources. Villagers will be growing crop strains that tolerate semi-dry-conditions well and are part of the local diet such as okra, squash, maize, tomatoes, grains and onions. Seed-saving will be done after each harvest to reduce operational costs and promote self-sustainability.

  • Shipping fees for farming equipment

  • 10-percent contingency fund: before we set everything in motion, we want to make sure that we can cover operational and maintenance and miscellaneous costs for the villagers for the first year before they are able to run the farm independently. 
     

SUMMARY OF NEED:  CAD $4075

 

PHASE II: Long-term Goals & Next Steps
The ultimate goal of HFH Sustainable Farm is to foster long-term health, economic and environmental sustainability for generations to come. Next steps include: 
 

  • Implementation of rain-water collection technology to collect water during the rainy seasons to offset the ecological impact of harvesting ground-water and rain water from the water catchment area

  • Expansion of "DIY" learning workshops which villagers from Mugeta and nearby regions can attend to deepen their knowledge of basic cultivation, maintenance and harvesting techniques 

  • Planting of culinary or medicinally-useful trees and plants to improve the local soil structure and prevent erosion 

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