Our small, twenty-acre farm serves as a model of sustainable farming for our students and the locals to learn from. Using organic seeds whenever possible, we have planted gardens that have produced tomatoes, peppers, onions, eggplant, cucumber, watermelon, cabbage, beans, and much more. We’ve also planted hundreds of pineapples plus numerous tropical fruit and nut trees, including papaya, mango, avocado, cashew, sour apple, guava, and several varieties of citrus.
The goals of our farm are:
- Educate Trinity Yard students on environmentally sustainable farming methods, renewable energy gathering, and waste recycling in order to decrease the exploitation and degradation of natural resources.
- Create a model environmentally sustainable farm – utilizing organic, permaculture growing techniques – that can be emulated by the local population.
- Become more self-sufficient by producing a higher percentage of the food we (staff and students) consume.
Even though our students have been involved in farming almost since the day they were born, very few of our students or community members are familiar with the practices of permaculture, organic farming, or sustainable agriculture.
As a result, our farm serves as the site of school’s Sustainable Agriculture Initiative. Through a series of interactive, hands-on, educational workshops we call “Green Days,” we attempt to answer three questions:
What is sustainable agriculture? Why is it important? And how do you do it?
Our Bee initiative was inspired by long time friend and supporter Robert Evans, who introduce the Bee Keeping model to our students and staff. It is our goal to generate multiple hives to be managed by our agricultural staff and used to teach students and the Cape Three Points community at large about the import role bees play. For the year 2019, we aim to have 10 populated hives. We already have 5 hives with bees. The first harvesting will occur in April 2019.
Trinity Yard has about 50 laying hens for egg production located in the Yard. Chicken waste is used to add nitrogen to our vegetable gardens while kitchen waste is used to feed the chickens. Eggs are used to feed our staff and students and have the richest yokes in Ghana!
Since the middle of the year 2018, the Yard has been producing its own mushrooms. Starting from composting to harvesting, involving the students with a replicable curriculum, we are now completely sustainable on our mushrooms consumption. Mushrooms can be eaten right after harvesting or dried in our homemade solar dryer.