CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDEN FOUNDATION wrote -
The Garden for Ghana project is dedicated to bringing a more sustainable life to the village of Yamoransa, with the introduction of native gardens that will provide crops for food and medicine. Currently, Yamoransa’s residents depend on charcoal and firewood for cooking and heating. This practice, along with slash-and-burn agriculture, has resulted in deforestation of the surrounding area, leading to high levels of erosion throughout the village. Due to the combination of deforestation and erosion, many native tree species have become scarce, and the local ecology has suffered as a result.
The purpose of the garden project is to counteract these problems in the following ways:
• Implementing erosion control – One of the biggest facets of the project has been stabilizing hillsides and preventing further soil destruction.
• Planting endangered and threatened native plants of this region (the coastal savannah).
• Introducing sustainable agricultural practices.
• Improving food security.
• Enhancing nutrition with education and produce from the gardens.
• Incorporating composting into the daily life so it can be used as a renewable energy source and incorporated into the soil-building program.
• Working with local primary schools to write lesson plans that give the children a knowledge of their environment (e.g. trees, plants, animals and weather), and an understanding of of how sustainability effects their surroundings and them.
• Working with local artists through books, music, and poems to teach the importance of environmental stewardship and nutritional values.
• Raising awareness for water recycling and capturing rain.
• Reintroducing edible and medicinal indigenous plants of the coastal savanna.
Alrie Middlebrook will be traveling to Ghana on October 29, 2015. The 4k we are trying to raise will be spent to build more gardens while she is there. The money goes to buy fencing materials, pay truck rentals, buy gasoline, feed volunteers, house volunteers, have community building events and donate to teachers who all support the efforts of the local green club of Yamoransa. These local people volunteer their time to build each garden. University students help them. On this trip, we will be adding 5 new gardens and planting 5 existing ones.