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Teaching soil health conditions in Rwanda

We visited the top rated school today  in Kayonza, Rwanda and it was interesting to see that on the board of their science class was written basics of soil health.  Upon asking the headmaster if farming and gardening is a…

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Retaining Dignity in Sponsorship

Africa New Life is a unique organization in that they welcome sponsors to visit their children. We have the unique opportunity with ANL because they are also helping facilitate the Keyhole Garden project.  Nicky, our sponsor child lives only 10…

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Human Tragedy

After the school tour we drove down and visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial. I was looking forward to this but also not. I don’t think I wanted to confront or accept the darkness that human beings can sometimes have in…

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Rebuilding from the Ground Up

The morning came quickly and I felt pretty rough when I woke up. Despite the lack of sleep it was difficult to get used to the 6 hour time change.  The day started off with breakfast and an immediate tour…

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Rwandan Morning

We were picked up from the airport by Jean-Claude and Godfried (Aka JJ). Therese fellows were very helpful giving us a quick bus ride to the Guest House.  From what we could see from the quick drive, Kigali is modern.…

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Common garden insects

Other garden insects such as the potato beetle adult and their larvae will eat the flowers and leaves of your potato plants resulting in stunting and killing off the plant. They will also attack other members of solanaceae family such…

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Soccer balls and school supplies

Thanks to the generosity of our team members, families and the local community we are bringing over 200 lbs of school supplies and nearly 20 soccer balls along on our Keyhole Garden trip. Over 200 lbs of school supplies, and…

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How to use 80% less water for your garden

When I was a kid, my grandfather had a garden that he tended regularly.  I remember between he and my mom, they always seemed to be watering that garden – and in the hot summer sun the soil was always…

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Great expectations…

The Rwanda Keyhole trip is only about 2 weeks away.  After months of preparation, it’s basically here.   We have everything in place.  Immunization shots.  Documents of approval.  Visas.  Plane tickets.  Schedule of events.   Now what do we expect?…

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Vita Urban Garden Sighting

One of our Urban style raised gardens was sighted at Greens Organic Cafe in downtown Sarnia Ontario.  They are growing some different types of kale for their different vegetarian recipes.  The styling fits perfectly in their decor and it allows…

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