In Northern California organic food comes with a sheen of luxury, but that’s not the case everywhere in the world. Farmers in southern Zimbabwe have abandoned monocultures and fertilizers to embrace more “organic” methods, finding them less expensive and more practical. Abraham Ndhlovu is a Zimbabwean farmer currently visiting the Bay Area to share his decades of experience with farmers, researchers, students and KRCB’s Danielle Venton.
Ndhlovu has been involved in local research for 30 years, along with Ken Wilson, of the Christensen Fund. Wilson says that agricultural solutions are different from place to place, but they tend to "rhyme with each other."
Abraham and Ken say that Brock Dolman, director of the Water Institute at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, reminds them of a Zimbabwean friend: Mr. Phiri (pictured above, right). They're both creatively managing water on their land. In the photo at the left, Abraham Ndhlovu (right) interviews two fishermen, Mr. Peto (center) and Mr. Chikombeka (left,) about the changing hydrology of the local Runde river and its impact on the fishery. (Images courtesy of Ken Wilson.)