Mfangano Island / Mbita
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25036
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Last Updated: February 12, 2020
My name is Nicholas Olambo. I was born and raised in Mfangano island at a village called Malamasa-Mfangan-East, Mbita district, and I've been involved in organic farming since my child hood, learning first with my grandfather and my parents too, and then at school where I chose agriculture as my main cultural subject in both primary and secondary including attending of many workshops and development courses and practicals in the farm, on reaching mfangano, ask any motorcycle operators for Nicholas Olambo and will get you to my farm/home.
Currently, I have an organic/permaculture farm and i love working in the farm and seeing crops and trees growing and being dirty with dirt cause am dirt and will go back to dirt(dust). Thus to say i deserve to live a life i love and that cares for nature (FARMING ORGANICALLY\PERMERCULTURE)life.
The activities done are-Weeding,planting,watering,harvesting,making beds,Mulching,digging, digging swells which is under permaclture designs , collecting live-stock manure,making compost and adding ready manure from the compost to the farm\crops and training about tree twisting and it's importance.Learning how to make pesticides with herbs and my mother will also teach you different herbs and what they treat,in both human and animals. Now we have tomatoes, corrienda,spinach, spider plant, black night shed, cowpeas, sweet potatoes, bananas,sugarcane and many others ready to be eaten.
I'm looking for anybody who would like to share with me volunteering. It is possible to volunteer working in the farm, or helping to raise funds for the project's programs outlined as you continue reading, grant application and design website and being part of the project as you enjoy working together with my parents and kids/kids from the community on the farm.
The main target is ever Green-Agriculture or may be called food forest/pension which of cause if you visit the farm you gonna get all the clarification behind it. It's time that those we touched with love ,thus chemicals,pesticides and growth regulators be touched with fear to save the earth and human life from all the dangers of industrialization and global warming.
You're welcome to enjoy to live in this beautiful Island on fresh water lake Victoria, where you can do many activities, like hiking trails, bird-watching, swimming, going to a boat-trip with sail and sailing in lake Victoria as we fish ,Visit our peace Museum and rock arts and other small Islands like hippopotamus Island and many others.
My program for organic farming\permaculture is linked with another program that I'm leading: a youth football team which is called foundation for revolution F.C, both in the farming system, environment and soccer too, as a footballer if possible come up with football academy that comprises of gender.
And lastly when we talk of permaculture,others tend to copy what others have updated on their profile but try to be asking what it is,the founders and it's principles or if you come to the Island have an opportunity to visit both the farms to know what permaculture means and how it works not just the writing.
My idea is to join young people together through a nice activity, football, and have the opportunity to educate them about environmental care, and to make them being involved in activities like , tree planting or sustainable farming,that's getting access to food year in, year out in a balanced manner as the land sustains itself which can be achieved unless you are married to your farm as they grow together as one and may be at a position of helping one another when there is problem and happiness.
Another thing that i dream of is also to expand my production to introduce a program of take home fruits once a week by the kids,this can be achieved if some support can be given to the farm i.e Fencing materials,tanks,sprinklers and either solar pump or water pump generator.
The volunteer will be staying in my compound, in a separated house. The food will be served fresh from the farm, which has the following crops and animal's products:Chicken meat,milk from either cow or goat,eggs,fish, tomatoes, oranges, cassava, sweet-potatoes, sugar-cane, arrow-roots, squash, watermelon, cow peas, green-grams, beans, bananas, lemon,lemon-grass, paw paw, mangoes, maize, kale's, cabbages, swis chard, broccoli, coriander,Spinach, pumpkin,avocados and many others I.e Basil, Rosemary.
Our diet is not vegetarian normally, but vegetarian people will be served vegetarians meals and are welcome. We ask the volunteers to help us buying some expensive products , since the prices of products keeps on hiking day by day electricity bills, oil, etc, that they will need. We only ask for 50 dollars weekly per person and should also carry anti-malarial drugs with them or contact travel doctors. There is a free internet access in an NGO at only 5 minutes walking from my house.
I'm also working with this NGO, called organic health response, as a field officer in agriculture and environmental care. I'm very open to experience and learning new ideas coming from volunteers, I think it's what can make the world to be a better place to live on.
This is what I call the Vegelution, a revolution from the farm!The farm is coming up with a program of supplying the old with some fresh vegetables and fruits to make their diet healthy and also will be offering some course in organic and permaculture training cause as people talk of permaculture majority do not understand what it means but do put it under their profile and when you visit,you find a different thing as far as design and permaculture is concerned.
Harvesting is done throughout the year due to planting different types of crops and plants that has different maturity intervals, we also have cows and goats plus chicken.
I feed fish with chicken poop and also using that water to grow crops by the banks of the pond , because that's organic i also want to diversify by doing fish cage farming.Come visit and help we need your input and watch the sun sets in Lake-Victoria and play together with kids.The farm also has supper-money-maker which is a foot pump that help us irrigate the farm during dry season.
We also request volunteers who are interested in soccer can also donate things like balls and whatever they know is useful because now the balls we hard are done,so please he|she who love the kids may carry for us soccer and a pump,pair of uniform and playing boots\clits both of good quality and will be grateful.The team is under 15.
There are also bikes that the volunteer can bike a round the Island.Our training are busy during holidays ,during school days we do train over the weekends to give them humble time to concentrate in their school work.
And when you visit Mfangano you can visit some sites like the Rock art,Hippo Island,Peace Museum and other Islands with only fishermen.Right now we looking forward to expand our tree nursery to serve larger number that's now showing interest in planting trees.
Through this activities,it gives me an opportunity to identify kids that has problems and those who could not get food everyday and cause i know that blessed the hand that give nth than the one that take nth, even those who are staying with the grand parents and has like nothing to sleep on,so we kindly ask those with the heart of helping with the donation cash or the items that they require like school uniforms,mattresses,school fees and the farm also lack some tools like a water pump generator,fencing materials,this will allow the farm to expand and feed a bigger number than usual and create room for many benefits to the community.
Hi guys am now done with my permaculture course[PDC]and have learned a lot from the course even though it was expensive but knowledge is important and am asking for those who would like to join hands to help me start a school in the Island so that it can help us to spread the knowledge to different communities within the Island and generate income to support other activities within the program and i hard to pay Ksh30,000 for two weeks training while am looking forward to charge 20,000 per head for the course and right now am in the implementation phase on the farm for all that have learned.
This is going to give me humble time of rolling all the programs well in the community,this will help us save the world and bring back the forgotten cultural farming practices and also i also ask those who can donate things like cameras,laptops or computer to help me store the information that may help in the course of presenting ideas and also to help us play some of the permaculture videos.
I have been visiting individuals in their farms so that i may have time to educate them on Aggro-forestry thus growing trees together with food crops and even fruit trees and also encouraging them to plant trees in their homes to help us recover the vegetation cover.
I and my wife who is a community health worker formed a group that has both positive and non positive and we hard to go for v.c.t test together,in the group we meet every week to discus how to progress and help when there is need.Things may not work the way we may think of it but through exchange of ideas the right way is gotten.
My partner plus another lady in the community have also started girls team to help them recover the education of girl child and keeping them busy all the times to save them from many dangers and become good leaders and she is good in backing so they are looking for funds to help them start a bakery that can help pilot their program so when you come you will meet them and discus with them and learn more a bout it guys.
Hi guys it's raining and the farm is beautiful come and see the real designs of permaculture but it is good that the permaculture principles says start slow and grow big so slowly by slowly things will be fine. ,come enjoy fresh products from the farm i.e spinach.The permaculture designs has started and the first phase is done.
It's now when people are preparing the corn fields and burning our forests so we ask those who can volunteer in walking and to talk with farmers a bout the importance of our forest and the importance of planting trees the investment in it and am preparing a field that will be planted with trees to act as an example(Demonstration farm) to my community.
And also our balls are won out so we ask those who would like to help at least mind a bout the kids when coming so that they may resume to play soccer as normal.Also am now distributing tree seedlings for people freely to plant in there homes,farms to help us gain the vegetation cover.
Hi the crops are almost gating ready come and see the true farming techniques that portrays organic and cultural farming system.We are now done with harvesting and preparing land for new crops and herbs.And learn permaculture designs.
It's also a concern and am touched by the education of the girl child and am also asking those who would love to support the girls that did conceived at puberty stage to continue with education and even their kids,your efforts will be highly appreciated cos some are less fortunate and stay with their mothers which are widows.Getting marred to the soil is the way to go.
Remember experience is the best teacher,i understand farming more than anything else.And do the farm sustain human life? The swells are now getting done come see how nature works with nature and where your problems always are solutions
.Here are some photos of the farm and kids training come meet the whole process for more information.Let's join hand to develop a better place for the coming generation.It has started raining and we are now planting and transplanting different crops come see the process.
This year own wards am touched with how people are destructing our natural forests and am now out to educate our people how to value trees thus by making sure that i come up with demonstration farm hence making a large nursery even planting flowers so when they plant them in homes they bring beauty and vegetation cover come visit to acquire knowledge and also give success.
FARMING is not a matter of posting picture but it;s a matter of practical work no short cart.Then whatever you do has to have a positive impact to the community and the world.He\She who is interested in partnership with me to become part of all the programs have stated are welcome cause i have the land for allocating all have mentioned welcome.
Now the farm is looking grate and has much to be eaten come enjoy yourself and our cow has given birth come help in organic milking system.11th-July-2015 has also become memorable moment as an environmental educator having kids pick 200 tree seedlings to plant in there homes which is an achievement.
Volunteers to carry a mock they can relax in when tired at the farm. Through Permerculture have managed to come up with food forest come we continue developing it as we learn together.
Come have and enjoy the pumpkin and the beautiful bananas. Also am looking for an architecture who can help in both designing and constructing houses by use of garbage at a fordable price for the old and widows cause am touched with how our people dispose waste products that;s going to degrade our soils.
It has started raining a gain and we are now doing much planting and weeding come enjoy working on the land culturally and see how the swell and banana Islands harvest water.There has been a lot of tree seedlings distribution and follow up,nursery preparation and planting of other staffs on the farm too.
There is also a plot where have planted many acacia trees and my mission is to make it a bee farm,so i also ask he\she who could donate or construct as many hive as possible to come and help out.My partner is also a social worker and health navigator at a primary school and to those who would love to teach or play with the kids are welcome and can share the experience with my partner Lilian.