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How cows, chickens, goats, bees, crops… thrive on my quarter-acre

 

Inside a makeshift structure that looks like a greenhouse on Samson Tanui’s farm in Uasin Gishu County are plastic containers of various colours hanging from wooden posts and hosting flowers.

Not far from the structure is a garden with big-leafed collard greens (sukuma wiki) plants and several sacks from which spinach and other crops are flourishing.

Tanui, whose farm is in Kesses, near Moi University, uses the permaculture system to produce food on his quarter acre.

The system involves using inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce food and protect the environment. When he started in 2017, he was doing it for subsistence and soon had surplus produce that he sold.

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