EDEN Projects

EDEN Projects are permaculture based, micro-agriculture projects that benefit the children in our partner children’s centers by providing: food, high quality nutrition, foods with medicinal properties, learning opportunities to grow their own food, and small business opportunities selling farm products.

KVF EDEN Projects were initiated to respond to the greatest present needs of the children in KVF partner children's centers indicated by partnering directors. Love looks like responding to this need by not only providing food, but teaching the kids to grow their own food using Permaculture techniques that mimic natural ecosystems that God created and the self-renewing "circle of life". This system provides HIGHER yields of HEALTHIER more nutrient-rich food with FEWER inputs (water, fertilizer, labor) and is highly sustainable, producing zero waste. The equation doesn't add up, but with God....anything is possible and in this edible ecosystem the wisdom of God’s design can be seen and experienced.

Permaculture was originally coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid 1970’s to describe an “integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man”

Permaculture involves principles simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems to create agricultural ecosystems that are sustainable and self-sufficient.

Bill Mollison (cofounder of permaculture 1970s): “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; & of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.”

EDEN Projects consist of: chicken farms, fruit tree orchards, vegetable gardens, bee apiaries, active/passive composting, vermiculture (worm composting), and landscape design. However, these are not stand-alone isolated projects but components of a greater ecosystem working together to flow in nature’s synergy via permaculture design. All organic materials (leaves, branches, stems, and produce scraps) are composted either by decomposing on the garden floor as mulch or being composted in a bin or post chicken/worm consumption. This functions to shelter the soil moisture and composition and returns vital nutrients and minerals to the garden floor for future uptake. Worms are used to aid in breaking down organic brown material and produce rich compost, fertilizer (casting tea), and aeration to the soil. Chickens eat produce scraps making them healthier and producing rich manure. Bees thrive from plentiful nectar from fruit/vegetables and fruits increasing honey production and vegetables are well pollinated increasing harvest yields. Landscape design ties it all together using one plants shade to provide habitat for another which prefers part shade, and one plant taking nutrients/minerals from the soil and another nearby replacing them. Design also uses topography and rainwater channeling for plants of differing water intake needs.

The whole EDEN ecosystem works on the principle of the law of the conservation of energy which simply states: “energy cannot be created or destroyed, rather it transforms from one form to another.” In terrestrial ecosystems, temperature, moisture, and nutrients limit primary production (that is plant growth and production) and thus these are factors that are controlled by energy being recycled and renewed in natural created undisturbed ecosystems and will be replicated in EDEN permaculture design.

 

Current Projects:

EDEN large-scale pilot project at the KVF house will provide food, learning, and small business opportunity to the Happiness Home children’s center girls and will provide food and hands on learning to our other children’s center partners. This EDEN farm will supplement nutritional needs for 200 children.

EDEN KVF consists of:

  • An extensive fruit and vegetable tree orchard including: Mango, Papaya, Avocado, Pomegranate, Fig, Lemon, Guava, Banana, Jackfruit, Moringa, Chaya, and others

  • A vegetable garden including: Spinach and other greens, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Legumes, Onions, Herbs for medicinal properties, cover crops to build soil fertility and retain water in soil, and many others

  • A large-scale chicken project with 300-500 chickens raised for eggs and meat for all partner children’s centers

  • A bee apiary to provide honey which has medicinal properties and functions as a sweetener as well as a large bee population serving to increase produce yields through increased pollination

  • Rainwater harvesting systems to provide a consistent water supply to the farm

  • Composting and vermiculture as well as use of cover crops to create rich and highly productive soil

 

EDEN Camp Moses consists of:

  • Transforming a small existing garden space with poor soil into a highly productive system of nutrient-rich vegetables with high emphasis on Moringa and Chaya as well as other very nutrient-rich vegetables through raised-bed gardening and bringing in soil and compost

  • Rainwater harvesting systems and storage to provide a consistent water supply to the gardens

 

Planned Projects:

EDEN Camp Joshua consists of:

  • An extensive fruit tree orchard including: Mango, Papaya, Avocado, Pomegranate, Lemon, Banana, Moringa, Chaya, and others

  • A vegetable garden including: Spinach and other greens, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Legumes, Onions, Herbs for medicinal properties, cover crops to build soil fertility and retain water in soil, and many others

  • A large-scale chicken project starting with 500-1000 chickens raised for eggs and meat for Camp Joshua and Camp Moses

  • A bee apiary to provide honey which has medicinal properties and functions as a sweetener as well as a large bee population serving to increase produce yields through increased pollination

  • Rainwater harvesting systems and storage to provide a consistent water supply to the farm

  • Composting and vermiculture as well as use of cover crops to create rich and highly productive soil

 

EDEN 7 acre plot consists of:

  • Larger scale staple crop farming to provide to all children’s centers specifically: Maize, Legumes, Fruits, and Vegetables.

  • A well is needed for backup to rainwater harvest for farm irrigation

  • A large-scale chicken project starting with at least 1000 chickens raised for eggs and meat for all children’s centers with need

  • Rainwater harvesting systems and storage to provide a consistent water supply to the farm

 

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*Kilimanjaro Volunteer Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.