UK Registered Charity No. 1108996

What We Do - Farming God's Way'

Over the years we have been overwhelmed by the injustice and misery experienced by so many people who live around Kosele. They are typically subsistence farmers - "farming yet hungry" farmers who live on the margins. Hungry people are vulnerable to every opportunistic threat to life. Hungry people are most likely to live without hope. The level of hunger that members of the community in Kosele experience are an affront to their dignity. We are committed to following what we believe is a God given command to feed His children . We ask you to join us in this challenging endeavour.

Farming God's Way has a proven track record of success since 1984, when Brian Oldreive first pioneered these practices on Hinton estate in Zimbabwe on a large scale commercial farm, eventually cropping 3,500 hectares. Since these small beginnings Farming God's Way has spread into many countries, being used by churches, missionaries and NGOs in order to create the critical mass of effectiveness needed to roll out Farming God’s Way across the continent. Farming God’s Way is not just a technology but a well balanced biblical, management and technological solution for the agricultural domain, to equip the poor to come out of poverty, with what God has put in their hands and to reveal the fullness of His promised abundant life. The Word of God says “My people perish because of a lack of knowledge”. We must acknowledge the importance of teaching the poor faithfulness in the agricultural domain before the rest of the continent’s potential can be revealed. It is for this reason that we need to try as much as possible and come up with ideas that will address the problems in Africa. Farming God’s way is one such way.

We have been Farming God's Way for two years now and have seen great results. Our land is much more productive than that of our neighbours. We believe that in due course this conservation farming approach will help us to fulfil our aim of becoming self sufficient in food. Even more importantly we believe that it will encourage our neighbours in the community to think about adopting this method too. This is a WIN-WIN-WIN situation - Winning for Hope and Kindness means being self sufficient. Winning for the community means being fed properly. Winning for the environment means that land will be farmed sustainably.

Come and find your purpose in life at Kosele! It's so easy to take everything that we have for granted. Around Kosele people are truly thankful to see each new day, to have food to eat and clothes to wear. It's not a lot to expect but many of our neighbours struggle to find even the very basics of life for themselves and their children. It's so easy to take everything that we have for granted. Around Kosele people are truly thankful to see each new day, to have food to eat and clothes to wear. It's not a lot to expect but many of our neighbours struggle to find even the very basics of life for themselves and their children. It's so easy to take everything that we have for granted. Around Kosele people are truly thankful.

Come and find your purpose in life at Kosele! It's so easy to take everything that we have for granted. Around Kosele people are truly thankful to see each new day, to have food to eat and clothes to wear. It's not a lot to expect but many of our neighbours struggle to find even the very basics of life for themselves and their children. It's so easy to take everything that we have for granted. Around Kosele people are truly thankful to see each new day, to have food to eat and clothes to wear. It's not a lot to expect but many of our neighbours struggle to find even the very basics of life for themselves and their children. Around Kosele people are truly thankful to see each new day, to have food to eat and clothes to wear. It's not a lot to expect but many of our neighbours struggle to find even the very basics of life for themselves and their children.

2014 Year of Farming in Africa

"With global population expected to reach more than nine billion by 2050, FAO estimates that agricultural production will need to grow by 70 percent if it is to keep the world’s population fed and healthy. Only about 10 percent of this growth will come from availability of new lands which means that 90 percent will need to come from intensification of current production. Ensuring that this intensification is sustainable will require enormous investments for primary agriculture and storage and processing infrastructure – just to stay abreast of the population growth." We believe that by investing in our capacity to Farm God's Way we will be able to both increase production and take care of our land. We want to do our bit for farming in this significant year.

Evangelists for Farming God's Way'

The Education for sustainability Conference in 2006 drew the conclusion that "The agricultural sector has a huge impact on rural poverty, so improving its productivity through a better educated workforce will play an important role in improving rural lives." We have trained a number of local community groups in the techniques of Farming God's Way and have, through a church outreach program, taught the biblical principles that nurture the real heart for farming in this way. We believe that God has a great plan for farmers, but recognise that as farmers we have to be good stewards of the land that God has given us. We will continue to vigorously promote Farming God's Way because it is a genuinely holistic solution to a pressing world problem.

Challenges We Face

The pretty flower pictured left is a deadly enemy to maize farmers. The striga plant is a parasite that literally sucks the life out of a maize crop. It is one of the many pests and blights that we face as farmers in Kenya. When you add the natural disasters of regular drought and flooding it is not difficult to see why subsistence farmers live so close to the margins of absolute poverty. We have set up natural defences against a number of these problems. We recycle human waste from our Ecosan latrines to create fertiliser and enrich the soil. We 'harvest' water from our roofs as a protection against drought. Our farming project is still in its infancy and we are continually looking for more ways of moving forward and becoming a totally organic farm.

How You Could Help Us to Help the Farm

There is no shortage of brilliant ideas for improving farming output for every type of farm imaginable. We have been successful in Farming God's Way' and will continue to develop this approach on our farm and in the community. We really need to buy more land for our farm so that we can grow more. We would like to take some even bolder steps with new farming technologies and invest in a solar powered aquaponics system. This will enable us to create a closed loop system for producing both crops and fish.

Like all of our other projects we would also welcome volunteers to come and work with us.