Foundations for Farming
Foundations for Farming is a programme used by Bright Hope World partners that challenges mindsets and traditions related to using land and growing crops.
According to the Foundations for Farming website "Foundations for Farming started many years ago when the farm which Brian Oldreive was managing in the north of Zimbabwe was nearing bankruptcy. Burning and deep soil inversion were common practice on the farm causing terrible sheet erosion to occur resulting in loss of seed and water. Increasing amounts of money were being spent on the machinery required for ploughing and double rollings of the lands, and yet the yields were declining.
Being a man of faith, Brian asked God to reveal a way for him to get out of the dire situation he found himself in. God began to reveal to him that in natural creation there is no deep soil inversion and that a thick ‘blanket’ of fallen leaves and grass covers the surface of the soil. This led him to research how he could apply these ways of nature to his farming. He began to experiment with Zero-Tillage using a simple hoe on 2 Ha at the highest standards possible. The results were outstanding and so he had the faith to increase the hectarage under Zero-Tillage. Within six years the whole farm of 1,000 Ha was under minimum tillage and in subsequent years, due to the yearly profits from then on, other farms were bought and he oversaw the farming of 3,500 Ha."
Foundations for Farming is based on four key principles:
- On Time - Effective farming requires tasks (such as planting and weeding) to be done promptly at the right time
- At Standard - Effective farming requires tasks to be done to a standard of excellence with exact measurements
- No Waste - Effective farming requires avoiding wasting resources, energy and oportunities
- With Joy - Effective farming requires a good attitude and a joyful heart
Watch a video on the history of Foundations for Farming
Watch a video on a community imnpacted by Foundations for Farming
Check out some of our partners that are utilising the Foundations for Farming methodology:
- Kenya - DOVE Africa - Eshel Garden
- Kenya - DOVE Africa - Vikeke Farm Development
- Kenya - DOVE Africa - Got Osimbo Community Development
- South Sudan - DOVE Africa - Yaribe Foundations for Farming
- Zambia - Kitchen garden training and micro-enterprise loan programmes
- Zambia - Chaba Christian Care Group
- Zambia - Chipata Rural Church Orphan Care
- Zambia - Chingola Orphanage and Aged Centre (CORAC)
- Uganda - Personal support of Thomas Lubari