Photos by Morgana Wingard
After a long, bumpy drive across fields and stream crossings — described as an “improvement” over the way owners Kerry Osborne and her husband originally found the place — we arrived at Funwe Seed Farm. We soon learned that this wasn’t just any old farm either. This farm is helping to improve food security, nutrition and generate employment for the surrounding community.
How do they do all this from one farm? It takes a lot of hard work, for starters, as well as a lot of compassion for the earth and community around them. Kerry is growing hybrid maize seed which not only improves yields, but is also easier to mash the kernels to make encima, a maize paste or the country’s national dish. She is also producing seed for cassava, groundnuts, soybeans, chickpeas, cowpeas and beans, many of which have a high protein content that help improve nutrition.
The cattle herd that they raise not only naturally helps to clear away potential fire-starting brush, but the heifers are donated into a milk-bulking group program that assists communities to raise their nutrition and income from dairy production.
And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, Funwe also employs more than 150 people all from the surrounding community that otherwise would have few, if any, alternatives for work. Sounds like a miracle seed to me.