Growing It: How to Grow Broccoli in Zimbabwe

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Broccoli ( Brassica oleracea) is part of the brassica family which includes cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rape, turnips, kohlrabi and Brussel sprouts.

Broccoli's growing habits are most similar to those of cauliflower. It has the same upright structure, leaf habit, and head formation as cauliflower. Broccoli, however, is much easier to grow than cauliflower but not quite as easy as growing cabbage.

Updated: 7 Common Mistakes Newbie Farmers Make (and how to avoid them)

Saturday, June 3, 2017


We work with many emerging farmers regularly on improving their farms. That means that we see many of the common  mistakes that they make.

We can relate. We made a LOT of mistakes when we got started. One of the mistakes we made was not changing quickly to market demands. We have learned quite a bit since then and adapted to move forward and farm better.

Today we want to cover some of the common mistake and share some advice to help you increase your odds of farming success.

Let's get started:

How to Reduce Post-Harvest Losses in Your Maize and Beans

Friday, June 2, 2017

Most farmers in our region have harvested or are in the process of harvesting good yields of maize (and beans) this season, in some places record-breaking yields. We know it's a busy time.

Now that your harvests are here, you should know how to prevent post-harvest losses so that all your hard work pays off and you get a good return on your investment (time, money and effort).

Let's get started:

Grow Guide: How to Grow Peas in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


If you are looking for a vegetable to grow in the autumn/winter consider peas.

Why peas?

Peas (Pisum Sativum) are part of the legume family which includes beans, groundnuts and clover. They are a cool season annual vegetable grown in autumn/winter. They are nitrogen-fixing plants, which means that they provide the soil with nitrogen, an important nutrient. This makes them a good cover crop. They are relatively easy to grow and need limited space making them ideal for emerging farmers like you.

Let's get started.

Irrigation 101: Guide to Drip Irrigation in Zimbabwe

Friday, April 28, 2017

Guide to Drip Irrigation_Emerging Farmer
Irrigation is important for farming. It helps ensure plant growth and improved crop yields.

Climate change is increasing the importance of irrigation for reliable access to water for crops. With erratic and changing weather patterns, like droughts and excessive rainfall, crops can wilt in the fields without access to irrigation. 

According to IWMIonly 5% of farmed land in sub-Saharan Africa uses irrigation. This low irrigation use reduces overall crop yields and quality. With one rainfall season (usually between November and March in Zimbabwe) farms are generally unproductive for most of the year.

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