Greenhouse #2 went up in Siachitema earlier this week. The community welcomed us with Zambian hospitality: nshima and cibwantu – a traditional maize and sugar drink – for lunch, and a great deal of assistance digging holes and setting up the greenhouse’s foundation. We are excited to get the greenhouse up and running and to start getting fresh produce to patients at the local clinic. We will be back next week to help start greenhouse operations.
The greenhouse team finished our third greenhouse at a maternal health clinic in Jembo today. We spent a few days off the grid, working hard to build the last greenhouse in this idyllic community. We were incredibly thankful that our carpenters were willing to make the trip with us; we couldn’t have done it without them. We enjoyed getting to know them better and spent our evenings cooking together in the guest house.
We also engaged with the local communities: Aya completed several successful interviews and garden tours with local farmers in both Siachitema and Jembo. We will use this information to help improve our greenhouse user experience in the future.