Last year as the year drew to the end, my pals and I were wondering what we were going to do for the vacation. The ideas were many but it was difficult deciding just how we were going to spend our holidays. The ideas were floated but finally I had to make up my mind. I decided to go to the country side unlike my friends who went to the coast to swim and bask on sandy beaches. Having been away from the village life for some time, I knew it was going to be difficult but I was ready for the challenge and excited about it. My mind was set the targets I set for myself. By the time the holidays are over, I purposed that I should have learnt how to milk “mrembo” our cow – mother told me that she had given birth a a calf which they had christened “fuso”, my other target was to start up my own chicken project, grow tomatoes and toil on our family farm till I loose all the fats. Using one stone to kill two birds!!

Milking mrembo
Milking was the first task I undertook as it is what excited me the most. I thought it would be hard but was surprised how we easily got along with Mrembo. She let me squeeze milk from her udder without kicking me. I liked it too much that I made it my routine to milk every evening and morning. – Mom was relieved to have me as what had tired her had become my passion.

Elcah trying her hands on milking

Elcah trying her hands on milking

Toiling on the farm
In the village as part of their routine, everybody in the homestead has to wake up early to work on the farm before attending to other chores. I did it twice and I have to admit it was not easy for a city girl. I now understand why people are giving farming a wide birth. I would not have managed the two times I worked had it not been for my resolution to cut some weight. I later resorted to lighter stuff like spraying tomatoes and cabbages.
The cabbages and tomatoes above are part of my project – I hired some people to dig the land for me and now I manage the light work myself. I do a lot of reading to maintain my crops and I have to admit a got some guides on CTA’s website which have really helped me manage my crops. For the tomatoes mother told me she has already started harvesting and making money from them.

Elcah at work on the farm

Elcah at work on the farm

Chicken project
During this period I also started my small chicken project whereby I bought five chickens and am hoping that the neighbors’ cock will make them lay eggs and finally hatch chicks. These projects are all manned by my mother and I hope under her management they will all flourish. Looking forward to December again so that I can visit again.

One of my chickens stroll in our compound upcountry

One of my chickens stroll in our compound upcountry

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