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Urban Women Grow Food in Sacks

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Driving through the crowded streets of the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi, it's nearly impossible to describe how many people live in this area of about 400 hectares, the equivalent of just over half the size of Central Park in new York CIty.


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Sandra Watson (77)
Monday February 22, 2010, 8:53 am
Interesting, but where do they get the soil to put in the sacks? Such a sad situation :(

. (0)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 10:14 am
This is great... that the women are taking the lead in this innovative idea and making the most out of their situation

Helen Snyder (13)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 12:59 pm
Noted. "Where there is a will .. there is a way" .. usually. Good for the Women !!

Philippa P (154)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 1:55 pm
Necessity truly is the mother of invention. Congratulations to those women for finding a way to fill the gap!

. (0)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 2:39 pm
Too good to be true--almost. What an innovative idea. And it sure will do away with 'weeding' among other advantages of this kind of gardening. I think I will try it this summer using a couple of animal feed bags. As for these wonderful dedicated women--just goes to show you, "you can't keep a good woman down!"

debra k (11)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 3:53 pm
takes wowmen to make the world go around, hats off to these women!!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 4:22 pm
Women are smart , thanks !

Alice B (241)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 5:25 pm
Many of the problems we see regarding poverty have relatively simple solutions - but they are not "easy" due to politics i.e. greed of the big-money types. This is an excellent article. When I was raising my kids as a single Mom I had a garden outside our rundown fourplex, just a strip between the gravel driveway and the west side of the old brick building. I grew mustard greens, okra, hot peppers and japanese eggplant. And this was in Minnesota! :) The soil wasn't that great - but I had a good crop. And people never messed with my plants, either.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 7:36 pm
noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 23, 2010, 8:57 pm
Thanks, Naoko.

Maryann tamayo (3)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 12:04 am

Naoko i (257)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 4:46 am
I think this news is good in two ways. One is of course that those women in the slum is taking the lead in a very innovative community movement as Chaz wrote, and the other is that WE can follow this movement, just as Barbara and Alice wrote. Using sacks and/or tiny patch of land available, people in NY, London, Tokyo, etc. who live in apartments, flats, rented rooms can grow vegetables.

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 5:47 am

Jere W (9)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 6:40 am
Noted with interest

Eternal G (734)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 12:07 am
Go women!!

Catrina Velez (46)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 1:16 am
Where did all these people come from? They are the result of Reagan's policy of slashing the federal budget for birth control to overpopulated, third-world countries. He did this as a sop to America's anti-abortion monomaniacs. These people are the offspring of villagers who live on two dollars a day. Their land is stripped of trees, overgrazed and overtilled. Desperate men turn to poaching, and murder Africa's magnificent wildlife. Countless people are forced to flee to the cities just to try to survive. Horrendous, teeming slums spring up, ruled by gangs and rife with prostitution and disease. The better residents will come up with ingenious solutions to try to grow a little food or make a little money, but without birth control, their efforts are swept away in the ever-expanding crush of more and more mouths to feed and fewer and fewer resources and opportunities.

Seth E (82)
Friday February 26, 2010, 9:53 pm
This looks like a great, low-tech idea.

I'm not sure that this could apply universally because there are still many places where even though there would be no space issue, there might be an issue with adequate lighting.

Also, the water situation for them sounds horrible. I can't imagine that no one would have gotten sick if they were using sewage water. If they had reliable access to clean water, this would help greatly.
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