Help 30 Women From Talokoto, The Gambia To Learn Micro Gardening & Entrepreneurship Training And Change Their Lives By Starting Their Own Businesses. 

Donate today to help us give them the skills, knowledge, & confidence to improve their land, yield, and livelihoods.


What is the Micro Gardening & Entrepreneurship Program?


The Micro Gardening & Entrepreneurship Program is one of the most successful we offer. The program first teaches students how to make and manage their very own micro garden, then entrepreneurship, specifically related to micro gardening, gives them the knowledge to use that skill to make money and improve their livelihood. 

This program has been implemented by MyFarm – Africa Startup many times and funded by ITC, YEP, and The European Union and has proven extremely successful.

One year ago we implemented this training program in Jiroff, rural Gambia, for 25 participants. We are so pleased to tell you that 6 of these participants have successfully started their own businesses and are improving their lives in the process. 10 have started full time employment across the Gambia, and the others have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to get going when the time is right 🙂

We believe in a very hands-on and practical approach to training. Our training guides are fun and easy to digest and learnings are reinforced by innovative learning methods to make comprehensive training programs, giving participants the best possible chance of success


What is a Micro Garden?


A micro garden is an intensive agricultural technique that utilises small spaces for big yields and was the focus for the second week of the program. It is perfect for the Gambia and other African countries, especially in the cities. Anything with a shallow root system can be planted and either consumed or sold at market for a profit, and the best part is, virtually everything in a micro garden is recycled or can be purchased for extremely small amounts of money. Lettuce, onion, herbs, aubergine, radishes, and carrots are just some of the plants that thrive in a micro garden. 


What will they learn?


Micro Gardening & Entrepreneurship training can be implemented in 2 weeks. The first is an intensive skills week where participants will learn everything they need to know about setting up and maintaining their own micro gardens.

Towards the end of the first week students begin to be exposed to entrepreneurship by starting to initiate discussions around business and business principles using the amazing ‘How To Make Money’ newspaper (available to view here).

They will also use entrepreneurship videos’ and applications (available to view here), and will start playing Dipeo, the entrepreneurship board game. The final day of the first week sees students create their first action plans; these at this point are related to how they will start making their micro garden at home, later they will be used to start their very own businesses.

At every Micro Gardening training program students are gifted the tools and equipment they need to start their gardens. The students we teach do not have much, mostly they are from remote locations with very limited resources and this gesture really provides the enthusiasm and excitement needed for them to succeed with their gardens. 


The second week links the micro gardening skill with entrepreneurship. We do this through practical training, educational role playing, the fun and easy to digest ‘How To Make Money’ newspaper, entrepreneurship videos and applications, and other innovative learning methods. The week is about getting them to think critically about businesses and analyse their needs to understand what it takes for them to start their own businesses. Lots of practical and fun role playing leads up to a fantastic finale to the week. The real life selling day. The real-life selling day is where students put all they have learned into practice and go out to a busy Gambian market and sell products from MyFarm (soaps, creams, seedlings, micro tables etc). For the day they will have to prepare marketing materials, record the stock they take, organise their team and utilize individual strengths, create nice displays, and of course use our 7 point sales technique.


We try to give students real-life experience wherever we can. We give students who express an interest in actually selling the micro garden training as a business the opportunity to do training in real life to invited guests. We love doing this as it helps the students and it gives back to the community too.

Throughout entrepreneurship week the MyFarm team provide individual support and guidance for students and their business ideas. At the end of the week all students must create their very own action plans related to their business ideas. After huge encouragement and a big well done, students graduate with certificates and are then off to start their “seed to business” journey.

Follow-up is always created using whatsapp groups and site visits where possible. 


This training program has now been used all over the Gambia, and people, communities, and organisations are now seeing the benefit it can have on individuals.

30 beautiful ladies from the small village of Talokoto, WCR, Gambia have approached us because they are desperate to have the opportunity to learn these skills for themselves. Talokoto is a small village, but is unique in The Gambia for its progressiveness. The village is the only village in Gambia (that we or anyone else knows of) with a Woman Akalo, Akalo’s are the head of the community within a village. 

The women of Talokoto have been running a women’s garden in the village for a long time, but as with everywhere in the Gambia, they are extremely seasonal in what they produce. Micro Gardening would help them combat their seasonality and enable them to grow vegetables to sell all year round. With a relatively small amount of funding, each lady will have their very own micro table to grow in in the wet season and learn all the skills needed to make sure growing is happening all year round. The ladies of Talokoto are one big community, even though they will all have their own tables, they have already expressed that they will collate all the tables and use them as a community growing space for everyone to benefit from. 


During the program, we plan to to add additional skills for the women to learn that will also help them in their usual garden. We want to give these ladies a platform to ensure that their land is being constantly improved in tandem with their yields, thus improving the food security of this village for years to come. We will teach them composting, how to make and use raised beds, how to make key hole garden beds, how to make and use sustainable biochar, and many more tips and tricks that they can use to improve their soil, yields and their livelihoods 🙂 


Every small donation will help us reach our goal of training these beautiful women. This program and our organisation is completely non-profit and all donations made will go directly to the training program itself.

The budget of the program with breakdown of all costs associated is available to anyone who would like it. Simply email lucas@africastartup.org to get those details.

Micro Gardening & Entrepreneurship In Njau CRR, The Gambia

25 trainees from CRR have successfully completed their training program on Micro Gardening & Entrepreneurship in Njau, Gambia.


The participants from CRR were without doubt the most engaged and eager to learn group we have ever had. They wanted to fully utilise every aspect of the training program and were excited by every skill or piece of knowledge they learned.


The first week of the program taught trainees how to make and manage their very own micro gardens. Trainees were taught how to make a micro garden table, how to recycle bottles, tyres, and gallon containers into usable and productive garden beds. They were shown how to make and use a hydroponic system to grow mint using abandoned waste pipes. The week also introduced some key garden principles including planting distance, making fertiliser, how to control pests, and labelling and record keeping.

Trainees had a variety of learning tools to help them learn. Lamin & Babucarr (The MyFarm Micro Gardening Trainers) demonstrated the practical skills, that the trainees had to repeat. Each and every skill learned has a collection of educational applications developed by Leap Learning (www.leaplearning.no), these are used to reinforce and further learning. A comprehensive training guide covering everything micro garden-related was also given to every trainee, this was used on the training program, and also for them to refer back to in the future when needed. 


Entrepreneurship week mixed fun & practical role-playing, real-life selling practice, and usage of our brand new Entrepreneurship Lab!


Week 2 was the start of entrepreneurship training. This week trainees started to be taught how to actually use micro gardening to make money. Our entrepreneurship training is always fun, practical, and aims to get trainees to think critically about business, and themselves. We use a lot of discussion and role-playing to help students learn from each other as well as from us and link everything to the ‘How To Make Money’ newspaper. Always on hand are also 25 entrepreneurship videos and 125 applications each helping trainees learn different principles of business.


Brand New Way To Learn Entrepreneurship

This training allowed us to test a brand new concept. The Entrepreneurship Lab covers a complete curriculum of key business principles and engages students on everything from why and how to start a business, to marketing, controlling money, and creating an action plan. 

The Entrepreneurship Lab engages students in practical, hands-on tasks, and fun role playing designed to equip them with lifelong skills to help them succeed in not only business, but also in full time employment…and life.

In the Lab we have a huge variety of learning materials for students to use including entrepreneurship videos and applications, hands on games, role playing ideas and materials, banners, Dipeo the entrepreneurship board game, and a laptop at research corner.

 The Lab encourages students to reflect on and analyse businesses, their needs, and what they could do to make even more money.


The third and final week of the program was all about bringing everything together. Trainees were put through their paces and made to think and analyse more than ever before. During the week trainees had to put everything they learned into practice on an amazing day of real life selling in Farerfeni market. Before the day they had to plan roles for each team member, record stock and wholesale prices, prepare marketing materials, and make a plan of how to keep customers coming back for more and more…

We are pleased to tell you that this day was absolutely amazing. They set up and managed a stall right in the centre of a busy market, selected a fantastic location, worked well as a team, and sold over 6000GMD worth of products in just 1 hour. Each team member played their role perfectly and deserved the BBQ we would spend the profits on 🙂


Throughout the program, participants were encouraged to think of their own business ideas related to micro gardening. The MyFarm trainers would then give individual advice and support to help guide them. At the end of the training, all participants created their own action plans for the next steps of their business adventures.

A huge variety of business ideas came about, here are some of our favourites. Mot, a trainee from Njau wants to make compost and sell this to local farmers, he would also like to run training programs on how to make compost. The last day of the training saw Mot train 15 guests from the community on how to make compost to give him the real life practice he needs.

Modou Lamin is the head of Reforest The Future, where the training program was held. He would like to train people how to make micro garden tables to help farmers in the rural communities be less seasonal and ensure they can grow crops all year round. Modou wants to market his business by running free training sessions within his own community, then he will set up micro tables at local Lumo’s to get people talking.

Yama is probably the most improved trainee of this program. At the beginning, she was incredibly shy but flourished throughout. She would like to use her micro garden to grow crops which she can then turn into products like soap. Understanding that this may take a while, she will first start by growing nurseries, which will be sold to local women’s gardens.


A program like this cannot be done without partners…and we have worked with two great ones. Firstly ITC and YEP Gambia, who funded and supported the project. Their vision and commitment to support the youth of The Gambia is second to none. We have worked with YEP on several projects before and their brilliant team realised the benefit the micro garden we had at MyFarm could have for others in the country, and have worked with us to spread the word through skills training programs (find YEP here… https://www.yep.gm/ ). The Women’s Initiative Gambia have been instrumental in planning and organising this training program, Isatou Ceesay and her team helped select the location, mobilise the participants and helped so much with the day to day running of the program..


Well done to all the trainees of CRR. We cannot wait to come back in the future and watch your businesses grow 🙂

Soap Production, Micro Gardening, & Entreprenurship Training At Mile

graduation of the training program at Mile 2 prison

30 inmates at Mile 2 Prison In The Gambia have just successfully completed an intensive 3 week training program on soap production, micro gardening, & entreprenurship. We couldnt be more proud of them 🙂


This training program was full of excitement, learning, and happiness. Just the way we like it!


Sharing skills and knowledge has always been at the heart of what we do here at MyFarm. We invite the local community into our grounds everyday to learn all about permaculture, agriculture, processing, and of course entrepreneurship! Over the years we have developed and implemented many training programs, both at MyFarm, and in the field…more often than not under a mango tree in sleepy rural villages.

MyFarm wants to train anybody and everybody who wants to learn. No one is turned away if they have the right attitude to learn…no one. As our head trainer Isatou Bah says, “I want to train those that need it most, ladies in rural villages, disabled people, and people who have a real need for that skill”. When the opportunity came to train and support inmates at Mile 2 prison in The Gambia, we had to accept.


We Use Innovative Learning Methods At All Our Training Programs.


The training program would be a 3 week intensive course in soap production, micro gardening, and entrepreneurship with 30 inmates at Mile 2 prison in The Gambia . The three week program aimed to first equip trainees with a tangible and marketable skill to support and facilitate their reintegration back into society. Then to boost their knowledge of business and business principles to help them either start their own businesses, or gain good full time employment and thus contribute back to society.


A Huge Thank You To YEP Gambia & Mile 2 Prison For Making This Training Program Happen


In week 1 Isatou and the processing team engaged the inmates in soap production training. Here trainees learned how to make a variety of fragranced soaps, body butter, lip balm, and laundry soap. Soap production training is very practical and the trainees enjoyed getting their hands dirty (or clean :)). Valuable and transferable skills are taught throughout this program, including measuring, labelling, packaging, time keeping, and record keeping. We make soap at MyFarm nearly everyday, and have trained hundreds of people how to make it; none have been as enthusiastic and as willing to learn as the inmates at Mile 2. By the end of the week the trainees made, on their own and without any guidance, all of the beauty products demonstrated throughout the week.


A micro garden is an intensive agricultural technique that utilities small spaces for big yields and was the focus for the second week of the program. It is perfect for Gambia and other African countries, especially in the cities. Anything with a shallow root system can be planted and either consumed or sold at market for a profit, and the best part is, virtually everything in a micro garden is recycled, or can be purchased for extremely small amounts of money. Lettuce, onion, herbs, aubergine, radishes, and carrots are just some of the plants that thrive in a micro garden. During the week the trainees were taught how to make a micro garden table, how to recycle bottles, tyres, and gallon containers into usable and productive garden beds. They were shown how to make and use a hydroponic system to grow mint using abandoned waste pipes. The week also introduced some key garden principals including planting distance, making fertiliser, how to control pests, and labelling and record keeping.


The third and final week was a thought provoking, practical based entrepreneurship week that is designed to introduce and develop knowledge of key business principals. At MyFarm we don’t just stand in front of trainees and preach. We engaged them with expert trainers specially developed training materials, fun and relatable games, group role plays and discussions, and educational applications. The entrepreneurship week brings all the other learnings together, we believe it is the most robust training of its kind. On hand throughout the week was MyFarm’s ‘How To Make Money’ newspaper, which is the most fun and thorough business training guide we have seen (download it here…its free). Dipeo…the entrepreneurship board game, where players can buy and sell goods at market, this is always trainees favourite. Our entire collection of entrepreneurship applications with 27 categories covering a complete curriculum of business principals from planning, to marketing, to knowing your customer. And. Many more materials we are testing for the brand new entrepreneurship lab we are developing to use all around the world (Learn more here… Leap Learning)


This project doesn’t stop after the 3 week program. We and our partners have a commitment to sustainability. 5 prison officers were also trained during the program, so they could carry on producing soap and growing in the micro garden long after we have left. YEP, the funder for the project allowed money to create a hub at the prison, so everything the prison needs to make soap and make the micro garden flourish has been left at the prison. 2 tablets pre installed with our entire collection of educational apps has also been gifted to the prison; these will not only help reinforce the learnings from the training, they now have over 500 educational applications covering a complete curriculum of literacy, numeracy, and logic. After leaving the prison, the inmates have the opportunity to come to MyFarm and receive more training and support for free, this will help ease them back into society and give them the confidence, skills, and knowledge to ensure they do not reoffend.


A program like this cannot be done without partners…and we have worked with two great ones. Firstly ITC and YEP Gambia, who funded and supported the project. Their vision and commitment to support the youth of The Gambia is second to none. We have worked with YEP on several projects before and their brilliant team realised the benefit the micro garden we had at MyFarm could have for others in the country, and have worked with us to spread the word through skills training programs (find YEP here… https://www.yep.gm/ ). Secondly Mile 2 prison. We have been so impressed with the prison whilst working with them over the last few weeks. The team are truly committed to becoming a correctional centre and are working on many programs designed to give inmates skills for when they leave.


This program then was a collaboration of institutions in The Gambia and overall was a huge success. The graduation ceremony attracted media from all around The Gambia, and the trainees are proud of the new skills they have acquired. We cannot wait to do more training programs at Mile2 in the near future.

MyFarm Weekly 26/11/2021

MyFarm school trip

Welcome to MyFarm weekly. This is the place you will find anything and everything we have been up to here at the farm.


This week MyFarm was full of excitement, learning, and happiness. Just the way we like it! After almost a year and a half without normal operations, the farm is beginning to get back to normal.

School trip season is the favourite time of the year for the staff. They love it! Why? They feed off educational energy, and love sharing the skills and knowledge they have with as many young Gambians as they can. Last week we had 3 schools visit the farm, and over 300 students wandering around the farm.

All the schools engaged in activities around the farm…soap production, transplanting, animal care and observations, solar cake baking, and of course time in the Learning Labs were all on the agenda. Everyone who comes to MyFarm should learn something, and that is exactly what happened.

The Learning Labs at MyFarm have been full of students all week, some coning for the first time, and others who have been learning in them for years. No matter what a student’s level, the Learning Labs will help them learn at their own pace by them exploring and playing. Learning Labs are now all around the world and we test, trial, and improve the concept right here at MyFarm. That means that our Learning Labs should be an example for the world! So… the education team rolled up their sleeves, took responsibility for the labs, and decided to replenish them. After a thorough clean, a good lick of paint, and some fresh new materials the labs are looking brand new again. Well done education team 🙂

We believe Learning Labs have cracked a code within education, and we will help develop these for years to come. The benefit they can have to people’s lives is huge, all you need to see is the children at MyFarm and you will understand! Helping Learning Labs spread further around the world is key to their success, so last week we held a specialised training program in Niger to get them ready to set up even more labs in the country.


New Residents At MyFarm


Last week we welcomed two new residents to the farm…Kotu and Penny the tortoises. And our new employee of the month, Alieu, carried on his great work and built Kotu the perfect new home. Come and visit to see this little cutie.

The growing season has officially begun. The garden team has been super busy planting nurseries around the farm, and we now have little seedlings everywhere, already it is the most diverse range of crops we have ever attempted!


Special Training At MyFarm

This week the garden team were treated to a special training by one of Gambia’s best and most knowledgable herbalists. This training is an ongoing project to help improve the knoewldge of our team at the farm,,, and they loved it! The training focused on learning all the uses and finding herbs and plants already at the farm that we are not currently utilizing. The team now have a much greater understanding of everything at the farm, and have also been taught shedulling skills, and are now working on their own special project to share that knowledge to everyone who comes to MyFarm


Well done to the whole MyFarm team. It is so great to have the place looking and feeling so amazing again 🙂


MyFarm Weekly 24/10/2021

Environmental cooperation is key

Welcome to MyFarm weekly. This is the place you will find anything and everything we have been up to here at the farm.


Wow…what a week we have had at the farm.

The Learning Labs have been jam-packed all week with children exploring, playing, and learning. We have rekindled the relationship with the local school and now use of the Learning Labs is in their timetable… Fantastic news for us, and more importantly the children. We are now seeing feedback from all over the world that children who attend Learning Labs on a regular basis have far better grades than those who don’t. Now the children at Nema Kunku school can build the foundations for learning right here at MyFarm.

We are now working closely with the ministry of education in The Gambia to try and make sure that the 30 Learning Labs across the country are operating at the same standard as ours at the farm. We are busy planning trips around Gambia and coordinating with facilitators to give them the training they need to make the labs the educational wonder that they are.

The new volunteers have settled in nicely and are already part of our family! They have been challenged to organize educational activities outside of the labs during the children’s break time. This has combined our innovative Learning Labs with the other departments at MyFarm perfectly, something we have always wanted. This week the children engaged in eco bricking, biodegradable wast timeline, and helping the garden team create the nurseries for the growing season. It’s all just falling into place 🙂


Environmental Cooperation Is Key


This week has also been a week of environmental cooperation and sharing of skills and knowledge. MyFarm has worked closely with Growing Green Communities to help them on their mission to connect, empower, and inspire environmentalists within the country. We helped them organize and run their 3rd eco event of the year. This month’s theme was ocean conservation and saw workshops and talks around the subject, in the beautiful beachside location Leybato Beach Hotel. It was a fantastic day for everyone who attended. Eco-friendly vendors, including a stall for us, were dotted around the palm trees facing the sea, the perfect setting to get people talking and thinking about improving the state of the marine ecosystem within the country.

Isatou, our head of processing had an extremely busy day. She was selling on the stall all day and did 2 incredible soap-making workshops that the guests absolutely loved. Gambia Ocean Hero’s and their team of volunteers crowded around Isatou, all desperate to learn her secrets to soap production… all were given a sea salt soap we had made in advance.


Thank you Growing Green Communities for inspiring change in Gambia. All the environmentalists left with a new energy to carry on their respected environmental fights.


In The Garden

Thanks to some very generous donations, this year we are planning our most diverse range of crops ever! The garden team has been super busy preparing nurseries around the farm, ready for transplanting in a few week’s time. The first seedlings are already starting to emerge for our tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, cabbage, and lettuce. Watching them grow will be almost as fulfilling as eating them in a few month’s time.

Now the rains have virtually stopped the garden team is back to watering. On such a big farm this can often be the main task for the day. So the boys are now developing systems to make this easier on the whole team.

The garden team had a little secret project last week, that they were so excited to show the team. They spent their breaks crafting an amazing new piece of furniture. Made entirely out of fallen palm branches, the chair they create is awesome, and the whole team will enjoy chilling on it very soon.


Fantastic week from everyone at MyFarm. Well done team.

The processing team has also had a very busy week this week. They were preparing all their stock for the Growing A Green Gambia event mentioned above. And their stall looked fantastic, the best at the event :). On the stall, we had a selection of everything, including the last of this year’s delicious Mango Jam, which sold out within the hour 🙂


MyFarm Weekly 18/10/2021

Welcome to MyFarm weekly. This is the place you will find anything and everything we have been up to here at the farm.


The women in Gambia are strong, powerful, resourceful, smart and capable, and deserve to be and feel empowered. We celebrated them in an inspiring and empowering event

This week we welcomed our very first in house volunteers since the beginning of the covid pandemic. Exciting times. We rely heavily on volunteers to be able to push some of our projects froward, and we are so happy that things are beginning, after nearly 2 years to start feeling more normal. The 2 volunteers are young, and extremely passionate about helping out at the farm, and both have such a willingness to learn 🙂

The volunteers are both young, strong, confident women, and before they cam out to Gambia, they suggested that they would love to create an event focused on women’s empowerment to celebrate the International Day Of The Girl Child (11th Oct). So thats exactly what we did.

On Friday we held the most empowering, the most inspiring, and the most thought provoking day MyFarm has every witnessed. The day was all about inspiring the next generation of women in The Gambia. At the end of the day we wanted them to dare to try, dare to fail, and most importantly, dare to dream. That’s exactly what we achieved, and we are proud of every single woman who came. Read the full story about the day here.


Education


In education this week, the whole team has really stood up, they are working so much better with the kids, and in turn the kids are so much more engaged. Attendance has been high, and the children are really working through the games, apps, and stations to learn as much as they can.

Did you know that in Gambia over 30 schools use the Learning Lab concept? It is now becoming obvious that those children who have been using the labs for some time have far better grades than those that don’t. It is now our responsibility to make sure that these labs are maintained, and operate to the same level as the labs at MyFarm. We have been hard at work training ourselves, and figuring out systems that can ensure every single lab works the same, no matter where it is. We believe that our Learning Labs are the educational solution the world needs, and we will work tirelessly to get them operational in as many parts of the world as possible…that all starts right here at MyFarm


In The Garden

The garden team have had a fantastic week. They have been busy all around the farm preparing our beds for sowing seeds this coming week. This year we are aiming for as much diversity in our veggies as possible, and have received kind donations from many sources to test new crops at MyFarm. Karamo and Saidou deserve a shout out here. They have built the volunteers there very own sitting area next to the volunteers house. The whole build was using only materials found at the farm too 🙂


Get Ready For Gambia’s Greenest Event


Next week we are helping Growing Green Communities in their mission to connect and empower the environmental organisations in The Gambia. We will be helping them to organise and run Gambia’s 3rd eco event, this months theme is ocean conservation and will be help at Leybato beach hotel. Isatou and the rest of the processing team have been doing ups with ocean themed beauty products to sell at the event, and we have been preparing some great ocean themed workshops too. We can’t wait for this event, so if you are in Gambia, make sure you come down and enjoy a day for the whole family.

Find out more at www.growing-green-communities.org



A Day To Inspire & Empower The Next Generation Of Gambian Women

Today (15th Oct) we celebrated International Day Of The Girl Child with a special program to inspire and empower some of the women of The Gambia.


All women are strong, all women are capable, and all women are beautiful, and we wanted to show that anything is possible, we want them to dare to try, dare to fail, and dare to follow their dreams. For the event the MyFarm girls have been thinking about what it means to be a women in The Gambia, and created empowering posters to decorate the farm with.

Isatou Ceesay, the queen of plastic recycling in The Gambia, and founder of the Women’s Initiative kicked off the program with her incredible story. She comes from a poor background in rural Gambia, overcoming community and parental pressures to start the Women’s Initiative. 20 years on, she has empowered and supported women across the whole country, teaching them the skills to recycle plastic, and providing them with financial support to ensure they will be financially independent for years to come.


Her story inspired all who were in attendance, the MyFarm children, the invited women and men, and the acting American ambassador Marissa Scott, whose speech would follow Isatou’s. In Isatou’s own words, “If I, coming from my background can do the things that I have done, then there is nothing that anyone here can not do”.

Marissa Scott then took to the stage, and the two queens, from very different backgrounds, shared the stage as if they had done many times before. Her speech was insightful and thought-provoking, she told her story of the challenges of being a woman in a high-powered position in the American government. Her passionate plea for women to work together taught the women in attendance the importance of cooperation, we believe they will now stand together because now they know “together they are stronger”.

Then we had the amazing Mariama and her band play some melodic traditional music for everyone to enjoy. Everyone was mesmerized by the first sound that came from her mouth, her voice was truly incredible. The whole of MyFarm then stopped what they were doing and gathered for her performance and every single girl and woman danced as one! An empowering moment that will forever be remembered at the farm.


A Day To Inspire


Jankie Jassey from the Fandema organization told us her amazing story of her day-to-day work during her pregnancy. Even at 7 months, she was up on roofs fixing solar panels in the scorching heat. Now that’s hard work. Fandema has been empowering women to become solar engineers and provides them with schooling and support throughout the process. We’re big fans.

Website: http://www.m-bolo.org/en/

A delicious lunch followed cooked by the MyFarm team. Sally, Suna, and Isatou Jallow made one of the best Benechin’s anyone has ever tasted :).

Fun and educational workshops closed out a fantastic day with body butter making by our very own Ramatoulie proving the most popular. The Women’s Initiative also showed off their skills in making jewellery from recycled plastic. The MyFarm team and students loved watching this…learning something new is in their DNA


A Day To Empower

Our aim for this day was to inspire and connect the next generation of young girls in The Gambia… in the end, this day was so much more. We will now be working closely with more women empowerment groups and organizations to bring more days like this, and inspire even more young women to follow their dreams.

Thank you to all who helped make this even happen, and thank you to all who came.



“Wonderful, I Feel like this was the BEST interaction I have ever had. Everyone learned something from one another, we have to use this momentum and make sure this happens again soon”, Isatou Ceesay, Women’s Initiative 👍🏾


“This day has just been amazing, I feel proud to be a Gambian woman”, Adama, Fandema Organisation 🥰


“Today inspired me to wake up and follow my dreams”, Ancha, MyFarm Trainee 😁


“I was inspired by the Womens initiative’s project, how they are making things out of recycled materials is great. The singer was amazing. Today has taught me to treat women equally, they are amazing!” Abdoulie MyFarm


“I have been training women how to make soap and start their businesses for years now, I just never truly believed I could do it…now I do” Ramatoulie, MyFarm


“I travelled all the way from Basse to come to this event. As soon as I heard the caused, i simply could not say no”, Mariama Cham, Singer


MyFarm Weekly 10/10/2021

Welcome to MyFarm weekly. This is the place you will find anything and everything we have been up to here at the farm.


The women in Gambia are strong, powerful, resourceful, smart and capable, and deserve to be and feel empowered. We are organising a day that will showcase empowered women throughout the Gambia and inspire the next generation to follow their dreams.

Inspiring people to be the best that they can be is what MyFarm is all about. Tomorrow (Monday 11th October) is International girls day. While it is unfeasible for everyone to gather together on Monday, we have arranged Friday to be a day full of workshops, activities and speeches, and even a documentary film all designed to showcase amazing things women in this country do. We have partnered with the Women’s Initiative Gambia to help us facilitate this inspiring day. Workshops on the day will include, soap production ran by the MyFarm processing team, recycled jewellery making and rubber tyre recycling ran by Isatou Ceesay from the Women’s Initiative, and several garden activities ran by the MyFarm garden team.


We want as many children as possible to come and learn at MyFarm, our Learning Lab concept is now being proven all over the world to be more effective than standard education…It is our mission to make sure the children of Gambia, and the world benefit from this. This week in education, this has been our focus. We have been holding meetings with the local schools and encouraging students to come and be a part of the learning process. Its worked!!! Attendance in our labs more than doubled throughout the week and we are aiming for even more in the coming weeks.

Did you know that in Gambia, over 30 schools have now adopted the Learning Labs as part of their curriculum. Schools who have are seeing much better grades than those who haven’t! We have started the process of planning visits to all of these schools to make sure they are using the Labs correctly, and to give our expert training and top up their facilitators skills.

Elsewhere in eduction, we have been working on integrating garden activities into our education. The aim here is to give children knowledge about their environment and show how things in Gambia relate to the wider world! The children this week were led by Ousman in a very wormy activity. They helped replenish our on site worm farm and learned all about the importance of these little invertebrates to our garden and agriculture in general. The children also enjoyed planting some avocado seeds throughout the farm. Each child was given a seed and it is their responsibility to help it grow…


In The Garden


We have had a truly fantastic week in the garden this week. Saidou, our resident local building expert has been all over the farm making things to improve the farm. As always we use only materials found at MyFarm. Saidou and the team turned the foundations of an old and knocked down building into a wonderful space for visitors and children alike. The concrete foundations now have a beautiful local archways over it and in time flowers will grow over the whole thing. We will use this space as a teaching area for the kids and a beautiful sitting area for visitors.

Our practice permaculture training continued this week and Alieu and Ousman taught the trainees how to make biochar, sustainable biochar by the way. We normally make biochar using specialised drums, to limit the oxygen supply to the burning wood. This time, to relate to the trainees that we will be training in the future we decided to try it the local way. This involved piling dried wood for burning and over the top of that covering it with fresh green garden waste, then covering the whole thing with dam soil from around the farm. This would burn for 3 whole days before it was ready, and came out the perfect biochar to use in the garden. The trainees loved this technique and we will be using it again for sure.


In Processing

Permaculture is everything you do in your system. This includes improving your soil, testing and trialling new techniques, and also (like some people forget) your yield, and yield is not limited to just what you grow, it is also what you produced. That means that our processing team have to get involved with the training too. Isatou delivered 2 amazing trainings for the participants. She led them in detail soap making, and body butter making. The trainees found this just fascinating and are looking forward to testing their own products in the future.


Every Week gets Better & Better


Every week seems to be getting better and better at the farm. We really are in the process of realising our mission which is to “improve livelihoods in Africa and around the world, through education in agricultural innovation, environmental protection, entrepreneurship, and new innovative learning methods for basic literacy, numeracy, logic and concepts.”



MyFarm Weekly 02/10/2021

Welcome to MyFarm weekly. This is the place you will find anything and everything we have been up to here at the farm.


Congratulations To Our Employee Of The Month…Karamo

The week started with a day full of fun and community engagement at the beach. It was international coastal clean up day, so we took some of our team and loads of the MyFarm students down to Bijilo to heWe will start off with probably the most popular employee of the month we will ever have. Karamo really is a star that shines his light over the whole team. His hard work. Dedication and all around positive spirit lifts everyone, everyday…well done Karamo.


A Huge Thank You To Books For Gambia

This week we had brilliant news in education. Books For Gambia has packaged and shipped over 1000 books to us, this will help the children who come to MyFarm for years to come. We plan on extending our library, and organising community book swaps for the surrounding area. Thank you so much to the team at Books For Gambia for their kind donation.

Elsewhere in education everything, and we mean everything is improving. The facilitators are really engaging the kids more, the children are working through their app books and are excited to be learning everyday.

This week we have been working with Leap Learning to help find a way to build Learning Labs all over the world. We are working on a competition that will give away labs to communities who need/deserve it. Want to help us build foundations for a better future all over the world? Then get in contact on www.leaplearning.com


In The Garden


The garden team have been super busy this week preparing for the imminent arrival of our volunteers and the fast approaching growing season. They worked so hard on Wednesday to clean up the entire volunteers area, even making a raised bed just for the volunteers to try and grow their own veg too :). Saidou, Alieu and Karamo have been especially busy with the prep…making the whole farm look beautiful with a few extra local archways and flower propagation all over the farm.

Abdoulie and Ousman have done a brilliant job this week. Their permaculture training turned a bunch of desk jockeys into gardeners. It was so cool to watch the passion and excitement coming from the trainees months about how much they now loved gardening. We focused on soil health this week and did skills on composting, raised bed making, keyhole gardening, propagation, food forests, and complimentary plants. This training will be amazing 🙂


In Processing

The processing team also had a nice day out this week. We visited loads of unique and wonderful shops across the country to see if any of them In processing, its been a hectic week getting large orders made and delivered to various shops around Gambia. The famous Timbooktu was the largest order, so if you are in Fajara, go on down to the best book shop in Gambia, grab a coffee and check out our amazing products, we have a bit of everything there now. Isatou has been doing some presentation training ready for her soap production test training next week. Isatou did fantastic and we cannot wait to see her new style.