An update on Madame Bridget’s Analog Forestry demo site
As reported last December, Madame Bridget’s farm, given to her by her father, is being turned into an Analog Forestry Demonstration Site. With resources and technical support provided by CENDEP, she is establishing a tree nursery, a reforestation site, a food crop area and an apiary. She is growing maize, potatoes, beans and cocoyams to provide food and an income.
Obstacles such as stray animals and lack of water are being addressed, and empowered by her family and the community, Madame Bridget keeps working on her farm, despite external adversities. Her farm hosted a visit by a group of farmers in February, an opportunity for her to share her new skills. Her father shares the following:”I think this is a good project that is providing economic tree seedlings for the development of our community forest. The same way (other) projects helped people to plant coffee, this project too has come to assist us get our forest back. So i am pleading with my daughter, Bridget, to hold on to this project just as I will, so that with the help of God the project will improve on our lives. Despite the many problems we have here like stray animals and water scarcity, I will continue to wish my daughter good luck in this project. I have 11 children and 36 grandchildren so I can only pray for the strength and means to carter for them”.