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Are you thinking of growing your own food?
Are you thinking about growing your own food – on your windowsill, your balcony, in the backyard, or in a shamba on the outskirts of your hometown? Would you like to move towards self-sufficiency, not just for yourself, but also for your community and the city where you live?
Did you ever think about a more sustainable, even regenerative way of farming?ShambaJijini Summit brings you stories of people who grow food for their families without the use of chemicals. People, who earn a living from regenerative farming or even created a completely new career path for themselves.
If this is your line of thought, welcome to ShambaJijini.
How does it work?
HOW TO JOIN?
You can join us at every time, wherever you are: ShambaJijini Summit is a completely virtual event.
As we find it really important, that you get into regenerative farming yourself, your participation is free of charge.
A GROWING COMMUNITY
Be part of a regenerative urban farming community, inspire the solution!
ShambaJijini-Summit is a 100% virtual summit. You can join in on your computer or your mobile device, wherever you are, and whenever it suits you.
Daily, 2 to 3 interviews and videos will help you deepen your knowledge about regenerative urban farming, and, ideally, inspire and encourage you to start growing your own food. The interviews will be available for 24 hours.
This is how it works. And don’t forget to also follow us on social media and join the discussion there.
Meet the pioneers in regenerative urban farming, business and urban livelihoods. Find inspirations in the stories and experiences of ambitious individuals, who are dedicated to produce healthy food and show pathways to regenerative food systems and a good, healthy live.
Artist, Humanitarian, Social Impact Strategist, Entrepreneur
Ohanga Henry a.k.a OctopizzoArtist, Humanitarian, Social Impact Strategist, EntrepreneurOctopizzo Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for positive transformation of the conditions and aspirations of marginalized youth. Who knew that he is also a regenerative farmer? Improving the access to land and the (bad!) image of farming and farming business among youth, is what deeply concerns him.
Culinary Nutrition Expert, Nutrition Coach, Pre and Postpartum Wellness Coach
Wanjiru MachariaCulinary Nutrition Expert, Nutrition Coach, Pre and Postpartum Wellness CoachWanjiru shares all aspects related to healthy living, especially with a large online community. She creates healthy recipes and new ideas for Kenyan meals. She is the author of a clean eating cookbook with over 70 easy and delicious recipes called My planted kitchen.
Chef Njathi KabuiEclectic Chef and leading expert in food literacyNjathi Kabui is propelling food literacy as well as bringing organic food to the table - as public speaker, blogger, author and social commentator. He designs his own disruptive “Afro Futuristic Conscious Cuisine", promoting a mix of indigenous and healthy foods for the sake of sovereignty, health and food justice.
Wanja Muguongo a.k.a. Mboga MamaOrganic farmer, MakuyuWanja runs a small organic farm in Makuyu, Muranga. The ethos of her business comes from a place of interrogating and challenging capitalistic ideas of unchecked growth and profit and exploiting the earth in unsustainable ways that hurt the earth.
James KagweExpert in integrated waste management, NaivashaJames is the vision carrier and director at Waste to Best Environmental Action. He and his team are collecting, segregating, recycling the waste in a Naivasha neighborhood. They are turning waste into a resource.
Jessica WanjikuFounder of Malkia Nutrition, Organic FarmerJessica is the founder and CEO of Malkia Nutrition; she is passionate about nutrition education and creating public awareness about Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). She demonstrates lifestyle modification habits to help people improve their health.
Sylvia KuriaOrganic farmer and organic farming advocateSylvia is a certified organic farmer, Sylvia's basket brings organic food to your home. She also runs an Organic Farm Shop in Nairobi. Her vision is to make organic food accessible, and affordable, and also to provide small scale farmers with a reliable market for their produce.
Sylvia Kuria & Wanjiru MachariaHealthy Food, Access and AffordabilitySylvia and Wanjiru talk about the interconnection between food and health. They discuss how affordable and achievable organic healthy food should be for everyone.
Dash Johnte & MadigoloRap-DuoDash and Madigolo form a rap duo, which is using music to educate, empower and create awareness. In cooperation with Dandora HipHop City, and Charles Lukania, Project Coordinator at Growth4Change Initiative, the duo is contributing 2 songs to ShambaJijini-Summit, raising awareness about food insecurity, food safety and the role of urban farming.
Chef Nic OdhiamboVegan Chef, Author and FarmerNic Odhiambo is a vegan and an exclusive vegan chef with a major focus on using food as a powerful tool to solve some of humanity's biggest problems. He wrote 2 books and is co-founder of Organic Life Limited, an agri-technology company based in Nairobi.
Fiu Thuo & Rose LukaloHonouring the Great Work of Joannah StutchburyFiu Thuo, Founder Green Walk, and Rose Lukalo, Journalist share the inspiring, and amazing work of Joannah Stutchbury in the conservation of Kenya's natural resources. Her work would, unfortunately, cause her to meet her untimely demise, through assassination on 15th July 2021.
KOMBGREEN SolutionsCBO, KorogochoKombgreen Solution is a CBO in Korogocho, Nairobi. The CBO was founded in 2017, after a successful joint effort of the local youth to clean the dumpsite next to a newly built bridge and create a green, safe space for the community there, the Peoples Park.
Public Health Nutrition Specialist and Research Scientist, APHRC
Elizabeth KimaniPublic Health Nutrition Specialist and Research Scientist, APHRCElizabeth, a Public Health Nutrition Specialist and Research Scientist, is the head of the Maternal and Child Wellbeing Unit at APHRC. She has a garden that was set up as a demonstration site and mirrors the Zero-Hunger Initiative and Vision of APHRC.
Emmanuel Atamba OriedoFood and Farming Systems EpertAtamba is a food and farming systems expert, who is deeply concerned about how food is produced and distributed, its impact on the environment - and who decides who eats what. As a former policy analyst, he will help us understand the legal aspects of access to land and share his ideas about how to gain access.
Shaila Resia AghaDirector at Grassroots EconomicsShaila's vision is to democratize credit issuance and ending poverty by enabling communities to provide their own liquidity backed by their own goods and services.
Alice MwangiBusiness Woman and Regenerative GardenerAlice grows all the vegetables for her family on ¼ of an acre, using only natural systems. Permaculture, organic farming, biodynamic gardening and agro- ecology - this is where her ideas come from.
Benefits of Permaculture, Organic Farming, Circular Economy
Sheena Shah & Michael WaiyakiBenefits of Permaculture, Organic Farming, Circular EconomyWhen two passionate permaculturists and regenerative farmers meet, one gets a feeling for what is possible on a farm or in a garden.
Permaculture Designer & Educator, Founder of Harvesting for Good East Africa
Sheena ShahPermaculture Designer & Educator, Founder of Harvesting for Good East AfricaSheena is the Founder of Harvesting for Good East Africa. HFG-EA aims to transform micro and macro lots to reach long term resilience, by integrating permaculture design. Her focus on regenerative business ensures long-term sustainable development, in overseeing permaculture development in East Africa.
Landscape Design Coordinator and the Senior Community Coordinator, KDI Kounkeuy Design Initiative
Franklin Kirimi & Ibrahim MainaLandscape Design Coordinator and the Senior Community Coordinator, KDI Kounkeuy Design InitiativeKDI works with local residents to transform unsafe and under-used sites into “Productive Public Spaces”. From permanent parks to temporary vacant lot activations, each space integrates key amenities such as community buildings, water, and sanitation facilities, green infrastructure, and open spaces for recreation and exercise. They execute all phases of the design process.
Directer and Lead Designer at The Landscape Studio
Chloe HumphreysDirecter and Lead Designer at The Landscape StudioChloe creates ecologically responsible designs to achieve a balance between the natural world and human needs. She speaks about her projects in Nairobi.
Elzie Chebet JabaliElzie is passionate about helping people live a healthy lifestyle. This motivated her to start Organic kitchen gardens Kenya, to help urban households to grow their own vegetables and herbs in whatever small spaces they have.
Entomologist and Evolutionary Biologist, Director Mpala Research Centre, Nanyuki
Dino MartinsEntomologist and Evolutionary Biologist, Director Mpala Research Centre, NanyukiDino's research is currently focused on the evolution and ecology of interactions between insects and plants, vectors and hosts, and parasites. He will provide us with insights into our dependence on insects and other pollinators, pointing at the importance of green spaces in urban areas.
Dhruvi Shethia and Maite GuardiolaCo-Founder of Dudu DuniaMaite is a water, sanitation specialist, permaculturalist, she is deeply passionate about reviving soils. Dudu Dunia so far salvaged approx. 3000 kg of organic household waste from going to landfills in Nairobi.
Tumshangilieni Mtoto Children's Home and SchoolChildren’s Home and SchoolThe children’s home and school supports 250 children from underprivileged backgrounds. The school has implemented a greywater system and grows all their vegetables in the school’s permaculture garden, kids being involved!
Els BreetFarmer, Mlango FarmEls and her husband Kamande welcome visitors for family day-trips, team retreats, birthday parties etc. The Mlango Farm Foundation offers educational visits for schools. Their vision is to grow food in a sustainable way, and to pass on this passion to their visitors.
Els Breet & Beatrice GatumboDiversify your incomeEls and Beatrice speak about food baskets and farms visits as a way to diversify income. What seems like a similar strategy, varies in the details and shows, how different retail schemes or services like farm tours might contribute to the resilience of a farm.
Chief of Partnerships for the Centre for International Forestry Research CIFOR and World Agroforestry ICRAF
Cathy WatsonChief of Partnerships for the Centre for International Forestry Research CIFOR and World Agroforestry ICRAFCathy is committed to building public understanding of the role of trees in nutrition, poverty and disaster risk reduction, and stemming the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse.
Kevin Getobai MakereIntegrated Livestock Management, Ololo FarmKevin is a Range Science & Management masters student at the University of Nairobi with experience in managing agroecology projects. He is Farm Project Manager at Ololo Lodge and Farm.
Reshma Aziz Khan#PlasticFree and Conscious ConsumerismReshma is a Catalytic Leadership Coach, Global Facilitator Strategy Connector, who supports individuals and teams to reach their highest potential. She will explain how she makes her life as #PlasticFree and earth-centered as possible.
Ann Muthoni MbuguaManaging Director, Bridges Organic RestaurantAnn, a former lawyer, started Bridges Organics Restaurant out of a passion for healthy food and the need to help reduce degenerative lifestyle diseases by promoting lifestyle change and the consumption of organic health foods
within her community.
Water and waste water purification systems, Cropnuts
Michael NdereWater and waste water purification systems, CropnutsMichael is a trained chemist, with early experience in design and installation of water and waste water purification systems. He is working with farmers and experts in food industry on solving food safety challenges and environmental effects of contaminations.
Sarah den HaringWater and Sanitation SpecialistSarah founded GreenWater to meet the need for preserving, treating and recycling water. She designs and builds waste water treatment, water supply, and rainwater harvesting systems
Sarah den Haring & Michael NdereMichael Ndere is a trained chemist, with early experience in design and installation of water and wastewater purification systems. Sarah is a water & sanitation engineer based on the Kenyan coast. She founded Greenwater 16 years ago in response to the need for preserving, treating and recycling water.
farm manager at TUMSHANGILIENI MTOTO Children's home and school
Emmanuel Juma Mabongafarm manager at TUMSHANGILIENI MTOTO Children's home and schoolEmmanuel is the farm manager at TUMSHANGILIENI MTOTO Children's home and school. He manages and plants according to the feeding needs and suggestions of the kitchen staff. He shows us, how to make organic fertilisers.
Gregory KimaniCEO of City Shamba, KayoleGreg is the founder and CEO of City Shamba in Kayole, a food security initiative presenting urban centers as part of the solution to fight hunger and malnutrition. He is the Top35Under35 awardee for the 2020 youth of the year in the agribusiness/agriculture category!
Innovator and Founder, Biogas International Limited
Dominic WanjihiaInnovator and Founder, Biogas International LimitedDominic is a thinker, a maker and an innovator, developing gadgets and tools with the potential of poverty alleviation. He explains the Greywater Treatment System, which he has set up at Shangilia Childrens Home and School.
Ammi IsraelOrganic Amiran Farmers KitAmmi's focus is on creating awareness on a holistic approach to farming and agri-business. Being aware of the growing concerns of environmental degradation and deteriorating health of our people, they have answered the call to providing a sustainable means of farming coupled with modern technology.
Priscilla NzamaluNatural Medicine SpecialistWhen Priscilla participated in a training on Natural Medicine, her life changed. She made her food to her medicine and her medicine is her food. She educates people and communities about the uses and importance of herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruits, spices in health and as food and have helped change the lives of many.
Christopher WaithakaSecretary, Komb Green SolutionsChris, together with Mzee Muchina and Fredrick, mobilized young people in their neighborhood in Korogocho to get rid of a dumpsite along Nairobi River, to create a safe space for the youth and the community. KOMB GREEN Solutions continues to rehabilitate Nairobi River and to green the riparian.
Brand and Social Media Strategist, TV Producer, Sparks Corporate Solutions
Barrack OnyangoBrand and Social Media Strategist, TV Producer, Sparks Corporate SolutionsAs a TV Producer, trainer and Brand Strategist, Barrack is working with farmers to have their stories, concerns and lessons reflected in video storytelling format. His mission is to unlock the potential of social media to help young farmers to improve the quality of their lives, their produce and diversify their brand.
Ruth VaughanCropnuts Technical Advisory Services, AgronomistRuth is an agronomist with a over 20 years of experience in tropical agriculture; she is passionate about soil health, organic matter, biochar, carbon sequestration and IPM. Ruth is a passionate trainer, she spend her free transforming her small mixed farm.
Director at CSHEP Community Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Environmental Program, Kiambu
Esther KiruthiDirector at CSHEP Community Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Environmental Program, KiambuEsther's vision is to equip the farming communities with awareness and skills that will lead to development of opportunities for all, especially families, women and youths.
Livestock Farmer and Food Security Advocate, Mathare
Kevin UdunyLivestock Farmer and Food Security Advocate, MathareKevin, as part of the Huruma Town Youth Group, is promoting the utilization of every safe space available for urban farming in order to achieve food security in Kenya. He is also member of Mathare Urban Famers, an organization which unites different tribes over farming and agri-business.
Joseph LentunyoiDrylands Expert, Laikipia Permaculture CenterJoseph is the founder and director of Laikipia Permaculture Center. He is a permaculture trainer, and a specialists for permaculture in the drylands.
Daisy Ritchie & Alan de BoerFounders of Living MachinesDaisy and Alan are on a mission to energize and inspire people to learn more about the different ecological processes, that make up our diet; Living Machines offers simple modular systems enabling people to grow their own food from home.
Joseph Lentunyoi, Daisy Ritchie and Alan de Boer
Water Management in Regenerative Agriculture
Joseph Lentunyoi, Daisy Ritchie and Alan de BoerWater Management in Regenerative AgricultureIn the interview Joseph Lentunyoi, and Daisy Ritchie and Alan de Boer explain nicely how regenerative farming practices help in water management.
Founder and Coordinator Seed Savers Network, Kenya
Daniel WanjamaFounder and Coordinator Seed Savers Network, KenyaThe mission of Seed Savers Network is to improve access to seeds by conservation of local adapted varieties. His concludes that we need to use regenerative agriculture approaches if we want to achieve resilience. Green revolution technologies is pushing small scale farmers further in poverty and food insecurity.
Meera R. ShahFounder of Suhani Mara Designs, rooftop farmerMeerabella, the founder of Suhani Mara Designs, created a sustainable garden with flowers, fruits and vegetables on her concrete rooftop, using coffee grinds, banana peels and eggshells, reusing and recycling tyres, toys, old bathtubs and toilets.
Asparagus farmer and consultant, Kilimo Source Limited
Daniel KamauAsparagus farmer and consultant, Kilimo Source LimitedDaniel is an expert in asparagus, herbs and vegetables seedlings propagation, his main crop being asparagus. His mission is to educate about asparagus and create a network of asparagus farmers. His dream is to open a Center for Superfoods, which would cater the niche of malnutrition, both in urban and rural areas.
Permaculture designers, educators and High value produce suppliers
Charlotte Chaise & Liam BrunnerPermaculture designers, educators and High value produce suppliersCharlotte and Liam from Grow With The Flow produce Microgreens and other specialized, high value products. The private company based in Kenya specializes in eco friendly regenerative projects and products, as well as permaculture consultations and solutions services.
Silke BollmohrFood Safety Expert, EcoTracSilke is an environmental scientist and works since 25 years on the impact of pesticide use on human and environmental health.
As a permaculturist she also provides solutions.
John MmbagaFrom banker to Chemist to FarmerJohn's vision is to inspire the urbanite to grow their own fruits and vegetables in their homes. His interest lies clearly in organic farming and in composting waste to implement circular aspects in farming. He writes blogs on issues related to pollution, including water quality.
Jessica de BoerFarmer and BeekeeperJess has spent the last decade working across the East and Horn of Africa in Regenerative Agriculture. She is a farmer, beekeeper and lifelong student of the soil beekeeper. She is a strong believer that farming can be cool again. How cool is beekeeping and how can it contribute to diversify income streams?
Githaka KaruriArtist, Farmer and Community WorkerGithaka is a community volunteer, dedicated to working to youth development, the environment and regenerative agriculture. He is an advocate, activist, and educator around food sovereignty and a creator of various arts.
Francis LeyiangereOrganic cosmetics, Laikipia Permaculture CenterFrancis is guiding Laikipia communities on making good decisions, building structures and developing collective systematic approaches to improve value addition, producing organic cosmetic products.
Milena WeicheltPainterMilena initially trained as a Silversmith, a chance meeting brought her to painting, where she combines acrylics with silver and mixed media. Through her art, she documents wildlife and its beauty, which is crucial to preserve.
Evans Maina NgureCreator, SculptorEvans Maina Ngure is a creator and sculptor living and working in Nairobi, Kenya. He uses an assortment of discarded material and found objects for animal collages, sculptures, jewelry, light pieces and most recently installations. Through his work, Evans aims to inspire a generation to see waste not as nothing, but something they can build a future from.
Milena Weichelt & Evans NgureWhat is regenerative Art?Milena and Evans have a different approach in their art. Whereas the one highlights the beauty of nature the other uses discarded material and found objects for his art in order to inspire a generation to see waste not as nothing but something they can build a future from.
Video: 3 Farmers, 3 Perspectives on Regenerative Urban Agriculture
3 Farmers, 3 Perspectives on Regenerative Urban Agriculture
Video: 3 Farmers, 3 Perspectives on Regenerative Urban Agriculture3 Farmers, 3 Perspectives on Regenerative Urban AgricultureThe video shows 3 versions and 3 perspectives of regenerative farming - visit her urban garden with Alice Mwangi, come to the organic farm of Sylvia Kuria and join us on our visit to Elizabeth Kimani's demonstration farm.
Video: Waste as a ResourceVideo: Waste as a ResourceThis video takes us to Naivasha, where James Kagwe runs is responsible for the waste collection, segregation and recycling in one neighbourhood. But what he does is much more, a role model, we find. Same for Tumshangilieni Mtoto Children’s home and school, where greywater (and black water) is being recycled in the school's permaculture garden.
Video: Heroes in Urban FarmingVideo: Heroes in Urban FarmingThis video takes us to Komb Greens Solutions and Tumshangilieni Children's School and Home. It highlights the role of regenerative farming and environmentalism in changing peoples lives.
Video: Greening Urban Spaces3 Stories of Greening Urban Spaces in NairobiThis video takes us to 3 sites in Nairobi, where groups of people are passionately working on improving the environment in their neighbourhoods.
Komb Green Solutions in Korogocho, KDI Konkuey Design Initiative in Kibera, and Cathy Watson along the Westlands-Redhill-Road-Link.
Video: How to save seedsVideo: Seed savingThe video, produced for us from Seed Savers Network, gives us the most important instructions on how to save seeds.
Growing better together
It is so good to know that the ShambaJijini-Speakers 2021, who are pioneers in regenerative farming and living, represent only a small share of all those individuals, groups, communities, organisations, companies etc. in Kenya, who dedicate their lives, their time and energy to planting the seeds of change and preparing the ground – for others to follow their pathways.
We find it important and powerful to know of each other and support each other, as we are sharing the same vision. Lets grow better together.
Did we miss your initiative here or do you know other pioneers in regenerative farming and living, who we should have given a platform here? Please let us know!
Here, you will always find a preview of the program for the next 2 days. The schedule also contains the activation period for each video. This is supposed to help you plan your participation.
Each interview/video is available for 24 hours!
You can access the program for the next two weeks here, The ShambaJijini-Summit is a 100% online summit, running from Friday 15th until Sunday 31st of October 2021.
Urban and Peri-Urban agriculture has become more prominent in Kenya over the years. This is out of need, out of necessity to both supplement food sources for households and to bring an income. It is not rare to see small animals along the streets of Nairobi estates. Backyards, roadside verges, publicly owned vacant land have also become sites for urban agriculture. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a boom in agriculture. While other sources of employment were disrupted, agriculture has become one of the most explored venues for supplementing household income. With a rising number of people in urban and peri-urban areas, it is an important time to ensure that this type of agriculture is done without harming the environment and our health: regeneratively.
Sharing the knowledge and the personal stories ans experiences, but also the challenges and lessons learnt of our speakers, ShambaJijini is aiming at inspiring, encouraging and empowering upcoming farmers to follow and apply regenerative agricultural principles, but also dive into a regenerative lifestyle in general.
MEET THE SHAMBAJINI-TEAM
The ShambaJijini-Team is a growing collective of regenerative-urban-farming-enthusiasts. We have set our minds and hearts on organizing the ShambaJijini-Summit on Regenerative Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture.
Heidi LeitnerShambaJijini Co-FounderHeidi is an agricultural agronomist. She has worked in organic farming research, focusing on regional supply chains and sustainable rural development. In moving to Kenya, Heidi returned to her passion: regenerative agriculture. She currently engages in permaculture and urban farming advocacy in Kenya.
Crispus KinyuaShambaJijini-TeamCrispus is a public health nutritionist and a part-time college tutor. He is passionate about regenerative agriculture and its potential to promote community nutrition, resilience, sustainable food production, and economic development.
Felister OrangiShambaJijini-TeamFelister is an advocate for organic and regenerative farming. She has a background in Management and Psychology, as well as permaculture and agroecology. Her vision is to inspire the urban youth to start regenerative farming and to spotlight the importance and benefits of regenerative farming to children.
Felistus MwaliaShambaJijini-HostProject Officer at Route to Food Initiative, Social Justice Enthusiast, Podcaster. She joined Heinrich Boll Foundation, Nairobi (HBF) in 2018, specifically working under the gender component and now the food rights component profoundly influenced and grew her interest around social justice issues.
Martin Njoroge KimaniShambaJijini-HostMartin is a socialist with capitalist leanings, who believes in the power of business to bring positive change in society. At KOAN, the Kenya Organic Agriculture Network, he is in the best place to promote organic products.
Sheena ShahShambaJijini-HostSheena is the Founder of Harvesting for Good East Africa. HFG-EA aims to transform micro and macro lots to reach long term resilience, by integrating permaculture design. Her focus on regenerative business ensures long-term sustainable development, in overseeing permaculture development in East Africa.
We are very happy to work with Kenyan and international partners who share our vision of a thriving local production of healthy, safe and affordable food in urban and peri-urban areas. Thanks a lot for your support!
“TO FORGET HOW TO DIG THE EARTH AND TEND THE SOIL IS TO FORGET OURSELVES.”
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