The “Shamba” (Farm in Swahili)
In 2008 Baobab was given an unsolicited donation from two donors in California that enabled us to purchase 12 acres of beautiful, arable land about 5 km outside of Bagamoyo town. Today it is the center of the Baobab Home. The kids are growing up safely, and close to nature where they can learn how we grow and use food for nutrition. The farm also allows us to be more self-sufficient which provides a better life for the Baobab family.
Biogas Cooking and Solar Electric
In this uncertain and volatile time with regard to finite energy sources, we have successfully invested in the environmentally green “biogas." Put simply, biogas is a FREE cooking gas made from the methane of our 18 cows in a 50 cubic meter underground tank. It gets piped to our kitchen where it runs a stove and soon, an oven.
Baobab is also solar-powered! We are now 100% weaned off of traditional and environmentally draining electricity. Not only does this save us an exponential amount of money, but it also safeguards the farm from the all too common Tanzanian power outages. A generous grant from Dar Rotary Club North has enabled us to be fully powered by solar electricity, even when it rains! And provides a great educational tool for teaching students about alternative energy solutions.
On the shamba we have an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and legumes that feed Baobab’s children and employees, as well as the students of the Steven Tito Academy. Here are some of the foods that we grow…Oranges, limes, jackfruit, four kinds of bananas, papaya, lemongrass, ginger, aloe vera, spinach, beans, cow peas, pigeon peas, limes, hibiscus/rosehips, okra, jackfruit, peppers, passion fruit, mangos, cassava… and more!
Our Sustainability Goals
We are always generating ideas for projects that remain consistent with our push toward self-sufficiency and environmental consciousness. Here are a few ideas in the works:
- Soap making (in process)
- Growing Oyster Mushrooms (in process)
- Raising local Chickens with BSF larvae feed (coming soon)
- Drip irrigation to increase crop yield (coming)
- Hemp growing (still a dream)
- Fish pond (still a dream)