Portable orchard for the smart urban farmer

Posted by , posted on Wednesday May 18 2016(2 years ago)

Eric Wainaina (Nation Media)

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This blog post was written by Eric Wainaina, Nation Media Group.

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The cypress trees surrounding the quarter-acre farm in Kasarani, Nairobi, sway from left to right as the wind blows.

Swaying together with the trees, albeit slightly, are mango, tree tomato, apple and orange fruit trees grown inside polythene bags.

Samuel Manene is the owner of what he calls the ‘mobile orchard’.

“This is my orchard and it gives me more than I need. I harvest mangoes, oranges, apples and tree tomatoes as from any other farm,” says Manene, a prison officer who holds a degree in crop protection from the University of Nairobi and recently completed a second degree in horticulture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

The practice, according to him, suits urban dwellers, who have rented houses and have limited space.

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