Excellent news! We received a donated greenhouse kit from our friends at Sustainable Food Production. We are so thankful for this great blessing. It will be instrumental in assisting The Genesis Project in achieving it’s food security objectives as well as being a tool used to teach and inform people about how easy it is to use inexpensive and simple technology to feed themselves and create an income source for their families. We are still awaiting delivery to Tanzania so stay tuned for updates!
Shade houses are simple structures built for the purpose of blocking sunlight and heat in hot and tropical regions of the earth to facilitate increased food production. A shade house built by Sustainable Food Production is a tunnel type framework made of schedule 40 PVC and covered with a shade cover. The dimensions are 18 feet wide by 40 feet long. The shade cover we use is bright white, 40% sun block and UV treated. The ends are covered with 1 inch galvanized poultry wire. The poultry wire protects the crop from free range poultry and animals. Since the cover is UV treated, it also blocks harmful UV rays. Water conservation is another benefit of the shade house.
The basic purpose of a shade house is to partially block sunlight and heat to protect plants and extend their life. It can be used to grow nursery or bedding plants, or for growing food crops. By building beds and filling them with a rich soil mixture, intensive gardening can produce an abundance of vegetables. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach, and cabbage have all been tested and grown successfully in a shade house with a 40% shade cover. Beds can be cared for with a few simple hand tools. Weeding and irrigation become easy chores as well. Shade houses make people less dependent on the cooler rainy seasons by extending the growing season, thus allowing extended food production.