Productivity and Peace in Paradise

Acizu_tuala Posted by Acizu Tualu on Sun, 03 Nov 2013 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

On Wednesday morning our little band of horticulturists set off to Madi West Nile’s own piece of paradise – Eden Farm. This diocesan-run Demonstration Farm has been sensitively cultivated over the past three years in what was a derelict site, full of thorns, weeds and depleted soil, a hideout for robbers, a place of fear. It has now been transformed into a place of productivity and peace.

In Eden we saw how nature can be redeemed for God, and productivity restored, maintained and increased. Here famers are taught and shown how to improve soil productivity, combat soil erosion, broaden their bread basket and use trees in farming.

Of great interest to us all were the wide range of species grown for their medicinal properties. So often God provides natural remedies and health products for our use. Some we learnt about were Moringa, a leaf vegetable full of vitamins, iron, protein and calcium, easily digested by babies, the Neem tree which contains 40 medicinal compounds as well as being a natural pesticide, and Artemisia, which is used to treat malaria.

We will share more on our return but, to our families at home, don’t be surprised if your morning porridge takes on an usual green hue!

“The Lord God made all kinds of tree grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” Genesis 2:9.

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