Maintaining a garden or small farm is a way of life in Malawi. Their own food production sustains most families from year to year.
Much of the land in Malawi can be very productive. However, essential soil nutrients are often depleted within a few crop years after a field goes into production, which reduces yields. Commercial fertilizers are available, but cost prohibitive for many families. Therefore, efforts are underway at THM to instruct Malawians on ways to improve soil fertility with poultry or livestock manure and other natural resources.
Training on composting and the use of "manure tea" during the growing season is being developed.