Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fresh, local and... organic!

And here we go again with another green post - this time about an interesting event taking place every month in Nairobi: the Organic Farmers Market at the River Garden Centre (off Limuru Rd, 500 m past Village Market on your way to Runda). This market provides consumers an opportunity to purchase and get more information regarding organic foods.

Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and yourself.

The organic sector in Kenya is still relatively small but growing fast. Small-scale organic agricultural activities in Kenya are represented by the Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN). The network aims at developing and promoting local and export markets, supporting development of affordable local certification capacity and creating awareness of market opportunities in the organic sector. You can get some relatively interesting things from their website, including a document on how to assure organic quality standards are met.

The next Organic Farmers Market is taking place this Saturday (May 30th, 2009). So please grab this opportunity to become a healthier human being, respectful of your immediate surroundings and global environment. And there's life jazz too! So you can count me in!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought all the farmers with smallholdings were organic farmers by default!

Do they buy/use expensive petrochemical products as fertilizers and insecticides?

Cee said...

Anonymous, my sentiments exactly. Apart from the plants displayed during the Agricultural show, are there any other genetically modified foods in Limuru let alone kenya?

coldtusker said...

I am leery of small-holder grown produce... Saw a story on farms using filthy water from the polluted Nairobi River

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