Strawberry tunneling was finally finished yesterday. The strawberries are happy, happy, happy now. And we are thankful it is done.
|Aerial view of the tunnels ready for plastic|
|Stretching the plastic into place|
|Plastic on! Hopefully the berries will appreciate the drier conditions.|
Gooseberries are being harvested twice a week. These fruits are sold to a local grocery store in Kitwe. It is encouraging to finally have some income during the rainy season.
At the end of March we are hosting a food production specialist team who will be helping us set up our processing building to produce jam and bottle honey. We have over 6,000 pounds of strawberries in our freezer waiting to be made into jam (minus what the kids and I snitch on occasion). Getting the building up to food production specs is demanding our attention. The floor must be tiled, all the cracks in the processing room must be sealed. An air conditioning unit will be added to regulate the temperature of the room to keep our fruits stable. A water filtration system is also being added so we can process with clean water. We are looking forward to this new venture to provide more opportunities to employ workers; widows who will have a regular income to provide for their families. We pray that as the business grows, Lifesong Farms impact will be positive and long-lasting.
Work at the new farm progresses. The pump house for the irrigation system is finished. As is the security fence surrounding the property. The sea container conversion to housing for our night guard is almost complete. Currently we are beginning construction for a cooler that will be used for our berry harvest in July. In the next few weeks, preparation of the strawberry beds must begin. We anticipate the arrival of 100,000 strawberry plants the first week in April.
|Maybe we should just move in here as we wait for our own house to be finished. hmmmm....|
|Pump house complete and ready for the irrigation system to be added!|
|Working in the mud to prepare a path for the security fence.|
|Just another day.|
|A cobra measuring over 5' long killed a few feet from our future cooler on the new farm.|