Farmers Helping Farmers
Farmers Helping Farmers is a nationally recognized, award-winning organization of community-minded people with an agricultural background from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Their goal is to assist Kenyan farmers in becoming more self-reliant in agricultural food production. Together, they develop small-scale, practical agricultural projects, focusing on direct, person-to-person interaction, with little or no government structure. Members of Farmers Helping Farmers volunteer their time to coordinate projects and help raise the necessary funds. Most projects that are undertaken are partnered with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). They financially support the projects by contributing two dollars for every dollar raised.
Veseys is proud to support Farmers Helping Farmers with monetary and seed donations, as well as sending Veseys experts to Kenya as part of the crop advisory team.
Learn more at www.farmershelpingfarmers.ca.
February 2009 - Angus Mellish, Veseys Seed Manager and Vegetable Horticulturist, is shown here reviewing a crop of drought tolerant maize that is growing well despite very little rain fall. Angus Mellish, Shauna Mellish and Susan MacKinnon? are in Kenya to review the performance of the crops being grown by the Muchui Women's Group members. They are looking at the management of the crops with the Muchui Women's Group members in Kiirua to search out and demonstrate drought tolerant crops that will grow in this very dry area. The fields are weed-free, the seed and row spacing is right, the fertility is appropriate -on the whole a great job is being done by these women.
February 2009 - Angus Mellish, Veseys Seed Manager and Vegetable Horticulturist, is shown here with his wife Shauna Mellish and local farmers. Angus and Shauna spent the day walking to farms of the Ruuju Women and talking with them about their variety trials. They were also able to observe other crops they were growing, such as bananas, mangos, cow peas, pigeon peas, pumpkins and others. As they were about to leave they were presented with a live chicken and a bag of mangos.