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Contact Address Details:
Africa Organics
Banjul area

Kairaba Avenue
(Pipeline Road)
P.O. Box Box 3523, Serrekunda
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 4394310

Project Director: Sandy Martin

UK Headquarters:
Africa Organics
11c Sussex Beach
Bracklesham Bay
West Sussex
PO20 7JP

The Home Farm Project is an agricultural charity which was established with the purpose of assisting rural farming villages to produce sustainable, organic Permaculture crops, help farming communities and stimulate local employment.

The HFP essentially began as a field trial which created four market garden projects for young men in Kiang West area of The Gambia in West Africa.

The Home Farm Project assists young men who wish to remain in or return to their home villages to create their own market gardens to produce basic food for their own consumption and/or for sale as a cash crop. Plots of land are normally allocated for free to local people who then produce much wanted fresh supplies of organic vegetables and fruits for the local market.

Project Aims & Objectives:
To aid young males to create their own garden farms to produce food crops.

To increase the availability of nutritious food to village people.

To enhance the status of traditional agrarian skills and practices.

To train youngsters in essential skills for future, self-reliant lives.

To sustain, enhance and develop life in rural farming villages.

The HFP agricultural programme provides the creation of land perimeter fencing, a communal, cement-lined water well, the installation of a solar water pumps which are driven by electricity produced from solar panels and water tanks with a distribution piping systems within the farm plots. Essential crop seeds, horticultural tools and training are provided for successful market gardens based on the principles of Permaculture in The Gambia.

In order to participate in the garden project participants cannot sell the land, although it remains in their name, and the allotments must remain for the sole use of food production. Furthermore, the land cannot be used for the production of monoculture cash crops. At least 50% of the plots must be utilised for the growing of steady supplies of a broad range of organically produced fruits and vegetables. The land owners would take up permanent residence for themselves and any family members.

Finally, the Village Development Committee (VDC) is duty bound to report any violations from the conditions set by the HFP.

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