Kula Project on Project Canaan By: Sarah Buchanan

At 6:50pm on November 1st, we board our flight, making the 17-hour journey to Johannesburg, South Africa. Before making the 6 hour trek to Swaziland, we spend a few days in Jo’burg visiting an orphanage that started a hydroponic garden.

Once we arrive at Project Canaan, it is time to get to work. Kula Project seeks to teach Swazis a method of farming that can overcome drought and poor soil in order to feed a starving nation. Being Farm One, we want to use this partnership with Heart for Africa as an opportunity to prove that our method to ending hunger and promoting nutrition is an appropriate, sustainable solution. A lot people are curious about our course of action, so this is a brief overview.

Bucket drip-irrigation and grow bags will be used for planting tomatoes, spinach, and cabbage. Of the 325 hundred bags, tomatoes will be planted in 125 bags, cabbage in 100 bags, and spinach in 100 bags. Each tomato bag will have 1 plant, each cabbage bag will have 2 plants, and each spinach bag will have 3 plants. That’s 625 plants!

Bucket drop irrigation is a “gravity-powered” feeding system using 5-gallon buckets and drip tape. We hang the bucket about 3 meters high, cut a small hole in the bottom, and insert the drip irrigation tubing. The nutrient water will then slowly drip directly onto the base of the plant, creating zero waste.

Anxiously awaiting departure, our countdown is well underway. Our support thus far has been incredible, and we’re truly blessed. Thank you to everyone that has given their support through donations, prayers, Facebook posts, and tweets. Y’all are awesome!

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