Jombo Farmer Stories
During this visit to Jombo, many community members spoke about the importance of community and collaboration that allows farmers to learn from each other. Many spoke about how everyone works together and also contributes to improved farming by sharing new learnings from trainings, new farming methods, and new ideas. One farmer explained, “if one farmer learns to make compost, they go and teach all the others how to make compost.” Farmers make sure to check on each other and on the status of their farms. They also help each other with farm work during the busy farming seasons.
The farmers also spoke about their relationship with SFHC. In Jombo, SFHC has supported farming education, seed supply, compost making, and the introduction of different crop varieties. One person described the recipe demonstrations that happened in the village during the winter and another individual spoke about how through SFHC they started growing finger millet. Many farmers spoke about their visits to the SFHC Centre and also their interaction with SFHC at seminars held at the village. Even when people cannot directly attend these events, the practices, and methods are shared amongst the farmers.