On July 2
Peter took us on a tour of his farm starting with his composting area which was in one corner of his plot. He explained how he collects all the necessary materials including manure and green and dry vegetable waste , and how he layers them together forming a pile, following the advice he receives from iCow. He then covers the pile with banana leaves and keeps the pile moist before turning it every month until it is ready.
He was concerned that the current pile may have been destroyed by the recent rains, however on inspecting it with him we found it to be superb! It was still warm though almost completely broken down into valuable soil nutrients.
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The most impressive thing we saw on Peters farm was his silage pit! When we approached the pit, he leapt down into it and pulled back the polythene cover to expose a good solid wall of sweet smelling compacted silage! The pit runs 10m deep, 1.5x1.5 meter wide and high! Absolutely incredible!!. Peter has stashed away tons of quality feed for his livestock and is guaranteed to make it through any future dry spell. He told us he dug the pit with assistance of hired help and used his electric chaff cutter to cut the maize into small pieces befor adding them to the polythene lined pit.
Next we visited his livestock which consisted of 1 milking cow and 2 young female calves plus a young bull calf, kienyeji chickens and 2 pigs!. Peter referred to his cow as his ‘Boss’. He said his day is determined by her needs. He had us laughing when he said ‘Rubbish in, rubbish out’ when referring to her diet. He mentioned that in the past her milk yield would fluctuate depending on the quality of feed he could afford. He also felt that he could improve on the quality of his current batch of silage, stating he felt the maize he had used was too old and that he knew from the content he received from
This was the first time we heard about an ATM on a farm too! Peter called his pigs his ATM, saying they were to be traded in quickly when school fees were required.
His chickens were another source of income and nutrition for his large family and we saw beautiful cockerels, hens , chicks and eggs. The poultry housing had an indoor area for shelter and security as well as a large outdoor area where the birds were enjoying the sunshine.
In addition Peter was also rearing a young bull with the intention of fattening him up to sell for meat.
Finally after our tour, Peter proudly pulled out 6 exercise books and showed us his records. Not only was he keeping great milking records as well as records of all of his mPesa transactions, he was also writing down all of the
Peter invests in his farming activities to educate his 8 children, 3 of whom are in University. When asked about his education level, he burst into a huge smile saying " I sat my form 4 and failed with flying colours!". His humor once again totally contagious!
What a star! What a success story! What an awesome farmer!!!!
Peter blew us away! And he has got us thinking about developing an