As you know from our last Blog, we sent 135,439 non GMO fruit and vegetable seeds to Zambia on Dec. 6, 2021. Therefore they will not reap the harvest from these seeds for about 3-4 months. This brings us to over 6,263,049 seeds sent since October 2013 when we received our charitable status.
Here are some pictures sent to me from Happy in Kalabo, Zambia which is in the far west 75km from the Angolan boarder.. NOTE: Mother’s name their children according to what they wish their life to be and Happy’s mother got it right.
This is part of Happy’s harvest in 2021 from the seeds we sent to him.
Happy sent me a message on FB messenger asking what this vegetable was and here is what I told him.
The 1st pic is purple Turnip. Baked, Boiled or Steamed. Use turnips any way you would use a potato, and then some. Try them baked or boiled in stews, soups and stir-fries, or lightly steamed with some butter, salt or lemon juice for flavor. If you boil with Irish potatoe is helps take out bitter taste if they get too big before you pick them. Good to boil 1st then fry mixed in your relish.
Purple turnips leaves are loaded with vitamins A, B, C, and K, folate, iron, calcium, and thiamine. The young ones can be eaten raw, while older leaves are cooked like spinach or kale or rape.
Root bulb is also great boiled, mashed with a bit of salt.Enter
Thanks for pics. Let me know what Tomatoe looks like when ripe if you can so I see what kind of Italian it is. Great job! Enjoy!
Do you still have the catalog I sent you. You could look up Turnip there.
It is better to eat the turnips when they are no bigger than an apple. The pictures you sent me are ready to eat, maybe even a bit too big as they will get bitter and woody the longer they are in the ground.
Below are pictures from Fredrick at our location in Mongu, Barotseland in Western Province, Zambia
The pictures below are from Njamba in Kaoma, Zambia which is in the middle of the country.
It has been a tough year due to Covid 19 but we are still moving forward!
By sending non GMO fruit and vegetable seeds to our connections in Zambia we are taking some of the pressure off the people by providing food to keep them healthy.
The testing and vaccination in Zambia is very low, especially in rural areas where we work. I know of many people who have died from Covid, but the hospital’s are saying they passed from pneumonia as they had no way of testing to see if they had Covid.
2021 has now come to an end and I am optimistic that things will improve in 2022. In the past we normally sent seeds to Zambia twice a year, but in 2020 and 2021 we have only been able to send seeds once per year.
Thank you so much to everyone here in Canada who have donated seeds or made a monetary donation. You have truly kept us going!
Here’s to 2022 and a prosperous harvest in all of our lives!
Founder and President