Wednesday, March 17, 2010

More on keyhole gardens

Today I went to a good friends Birthday breakfast. She has allot of friends I've never met before. It was nice, but I think it would have been even nicer just having coffee with my friend. Afterwards I visited another friends garden. She said I could use some of her large yard to plant veggies this year. I have some ideas about what I would like to do. I have some wooden raised beds in my small yard. I would like to move those over to Petra’s yard, and then have Juergen build me a few African keyhole gardens. I have been researching the whole keyhole design. It sounds really cool! It was developed by SEND A COW. The charity send a cow teaches sustainable agriculture to poor families living in Africa. I guess they send cows, but also teach gardening. They stay with a group of families for as much as 5 years, helping them get established. They also teach their families to teach other families. The families that get livestock are required to give the first baby animal to another family. They are also required to pass on seeds and plant seedlings to other family. So when send a cow helps a group of families, it helps the whole community. Who knows, maybe Nicole can go to Africa and work with them as a volunteer? Anyway, I want 2 or 3 keyhole gardens and about 10 to 20 bag gardens. Perhaps I can grow all my families food in my tiny yard? If not, I also have Petra’s yard to play in.

Juergen’s mom died a few years ago today. I don’t think about her in a sad way anymore. I’m simply remembering what a great women she was. I was so blessed to have her as my mother in law and friend! I know she is happy and with God. I miss her but I know she is happy.


Shelley said...

Glad you were able to celebrate her birthday.
It's hard getting old and saying goodbye. Its good to remember and pass on the stories.

Sendacow said...

Hi amy,

Really glad to hear that you have an interest in Keyhole gardens.

I work at Send a Cow and also love the concept of a Keyhole garden.

There are some great examples on our official Facebook page -

Love the blog

Jess at Send a Cow