A, B, C of farming for CREER
A is for avocados, we hope to have a tree or two on the land
B is for bananas, which are native to Cote d’Ivoire & will be grown with the expert eye of one of our Ivorian board members. They contain at least 10 percent of a recommended daily intake of carbohydrate in the form of fibre and sugar. Also rich in potassium and the vitamins A, B-6 and C. Bananas provide about 105 calories, whilst containing negligible amounts of sodium and fat. Ideal for the children’s diet. http://www.livestrong.com/article/530296-what-nutritional-qualities-are-bananas-heavy-on/#ixzz2Kc7J8vNo Please also see P for Plantains (large bananas)
C is for chickens, we aim to buy a few hens and several dozen chicks, use them for their eggs & meat; if we have excess, we will be able to sell them locally; thereby compensating on other provisions such as rice & flour.
D is for dogs. No we’re not going to feed them to the children!!! But they will be a useful deterrent to anyone attempting to enter the centre; animals stealing our produce and playmates for the children!
E is for eggs & eggplant (aubergine) – eggs from our chickens & aubergines (eggplants) grow easily in the tropical climate of Cote d’Ivoire.
F is for fish, we will need expert advice and have already talked to a former trout fish farmer about creating a small fish farm with stock to feed the centre & sell locally. A rather costly project & it might be too much of a gamble! Tilapia or ‘Capitaine’ as it’s known in Cote d’Ivoire is a favourite.
G is for goat, these are eaten locally and taste very good, particularly when smoked. They may not be eaten at the centre but will do a good job on the land keeping the weeds down.
H is for honey, made from our bees we hope, there’s a post about it here: http://creercentre.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/bees-honey/
I is for iron, essential part of any diet & will be found in many of the root vegetables & greens that we’ll grow at the centre.
J is for juice, we’ll be able to make a lot of juices from the various fruits growing on the land
K is for kiwifruit, not that we’ve seen kiwifruit growing in Cote d’Ivoire but it would be interesting if we could get a male & female pair to grow & produce; the climate might be a little too tropical. Worth a try!
L is for lettuce, easily grown, good source of dietary fibre as well as potassium & iron
M is for mango, lots of mango trees in Cote d’Ivoire, lovely fruit to eat; we hope to have one on the land.
N is for nuts, cashew nuts are grown there, the main growing region is near where we hope to have the land.
O is for onions, a staple part of the diet, which we will endeavour to grow to save on purchasing costs.
P is for pineapple or papaya, both grow well in the tropical climate giving the children more fruit intake. It’s also for plantain a larger banana that can only be eaten once cooked. Often fried to create ‘alooko’.
Q – Still thinking about this … the question remains how much we can grow on the 5ha of land with a few animals
R is for rice, one necessary foodstuff we cannot grow & will cost us dearly; currently the price for a 25kg sack of rice is about 20€.
S is for sheep, we will start with a few and hope to grow a small flock to keep the centre’s meat purchases to a minimum.
T is for tomatoes, another staple part of the Ivorian diet and easily grown.
U is for we need U to help us, to make this small holding a reality!
V is for vegetables, which as you can see we aim to grow in a variety of forms
W is for wild oranges that may be found growing on the land.
X is for xceptional produce that the children will be involved with!
Y is for yam, another part of the staple Ivorian diet, often made into ‘attieke’ which Americans tell us tastes like sourdough.
Z is for zuccini (or courgette) easily grown in this climate.