SUSTAINABLE FARMING

 

Big steps have been taken toward food security with vegetable crops, fruit orchard, ducks,chickens and a large fishpond. The older children at Kais Village Community help on the farm, tending the poultry and crops and learning environmentally friendly organic farming practices. Day to day water for general use is provided by hand dug wells. The kitchen is supplied with potable water via a solar powered water-purifier. In addition, during the rainy season all our water is captured off the roofs, filtered and stored in large rainwater harvesters. Power is provided by solar panels and topped up by a small local village supply.

The Role of Kais Village Community Sustainable Farm Project

The primary objective of Kais Village Community Sustainable Farm project is, and has been, to supply our kitchen and facilitate a healthy diet for our children. We also need to produce a surplus that can be sold to meet farm costs and contribute to the cost of running Kais Village Community. Essentially an economic project. However, the project vision is for so much more:

Education & Development

Work on the farm began in 2003 with the planting of a mango orchard. In 2007, with help from a UK charity, The Cambodian Rural Development Team (link) was engaged on a 12 month contract to assist in setting up the basics of a working farm.

The farm offers an opportunity for teaching animal husbandry, agricultural and horticultural skills to the children as trade skills for later life. In future we plan for it to become a demonstration farm for permaculture and innovative agricultural practices and at the same time become a valuable local resource for low income farmers in Kompong Speu province.

Balanced Nutrition

The farm comprises a kitchen garden, vegetable plots and a fruit orchard. Central to the farm is a large fish pond, used for irrigation and for the natural rearing of tilapia and catfish. Free-range egg-laying chickens and ducks provide a valuable protein source, as well as livestock to be sold at the market.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

Over the years, with professional advice and skilled volunteers, we have introduced some genuinely innovative developments:
Only natural composts, insecticides and fertilizers are used, all of which are concocted onsite.
We have implemented an energy saving natural filtration and aeration system in the fishpond.
In an attempt to secure a supply of water for the children year-round, rainwater is collected during the rainy season, filtered, and stored in 4 especially built rainwater harvesters.

Our Achievements

Flourishing orchard produces food for the community and income from marketable produce.
Home-reared eggs, poultry, fish and daily vegetables supplied to our kitchens.
Kitchen waste provides compost and food for the fish