I guess owning a coffee and banana farm on Mt. Kilimanjaro already qualifies us as farmers, but now we’re corn farmers, too!
The property that our house in Arusha sits on includes a large farm plot behind it, so Kakasii decided to make good use of it and plant corn.
Our watchman brought a few friends over to help dig up the land and do the planting. It is all done by hand. First, a rope is run the length of the field to serve as a guide to make the rows. One person follows the rope to dig holes for the seeds and a second person comes behind to drop a seed in the hole and fill it in.
Max and Elly helped with some of the planting.
And Max tried his hand at wielding the hoe. It was a little too heavy for him, though. (And I feared he was going to chop his toes off!)
This particular kind of corn should take about 75 days to mature. We’re praying for some good rains in the upcoming rainy season. It’s already been raining a bit, especially at night, so we’re hopeful more will come and we’ll have a bountiful harvest!