Report on Farming God’s Way- Malawi
Mark, Gibson and Maxwell did some follow up and first time training in a couple of places
Mpamba: South East of Mzuzu
Revisited 20th January 2009.
In this area a lot of slash and burn is carried out. The interest in Farming God’s Way is little. Only
2 people have applied FGW while others are still skeptical.
They did another demonstration garden. The plan is to return to this area in June 2009.
Rumphi; North West of Mzuzu
Revisited Thulwe and Chidzulwe village on February, 10-12th.
Mark traveled with Gibson and Trevor. It poured with rain.
Previous demonstration plots well maintained. People showed interest because they start to see
results. They did two demonstration gardens. In total 30 people attended the training time.
One old lady, a widow, has applied FGW on a larger area with positive results.
Karonga; North of Mzuzu
First visit, February, 11th-12th.
The land was flooded with rain, very wet. They did a FGW teaching/demonstration garden with two
churches in villages in and south of Karonga.
Traveled back late in pouring rain up Chiweta pass.
In total with these training times 35 people attended.
Follow up would plan to be done July.
Bethany Christian School February 13th.
Mark has also been able to teach in local school Bethany Christian School where he has taught
some classes on making organic heaps by showing DVD and demonstration.
Mzuzu town, February 2009
He trained some gardeners in neighborhood on composting and did a demonstration.
Demonstrating a compost pile at our home A proud farmer in Mzuzu in front of
Nkhata Bay district;
First visit Kachenga/Chilambe village Lake shore. 23rd, 24th February 2009
. Training organized by Brown Chirwa who leads church at Chilambe. They did two demonstration
plots. Lots of interest with 50 people attending the two training times. Main crop grown along the
lakeshore is Cassava.
On the same trip went to Banga village where we had done training last year. Disappointed as no
one looked after the demonstration plot... little interest.
Farming Gods Way conference
Zimbabwe, Harare. March 1st-9th
Mark traveled by bus to Blantyre and then to Harare where he attended the FGW champions
This was a great time. Meeting many others were doing FGW on the continent. Also hearing
teachings and demonstrations, learning new things that will help being a good steward of God’s
First visit Lusangazi, March, 16th
Mark, Gibson and Maxwell went out to Lusangazi Forest 25 km from Mzuzu where they did
training in the village with a demonstration garden. Good time with lots of enthusiasm; 25 men and
woman, the local chief and the local agricultural officer who was very exited.
Follow up will be in July 2009.
Arusha, Moshi and Dodoma. March 20th-April 2nd
This was really a highlight of the year. We were sponsored to go as a family and do the training in
We traveled two days to get to Arusha, near the Kenyan border where we were hosted by Graham
and Lisa Stevenson from IMP.
Mark went with Graham to Maasai land where Graham is involved in a local church. They did
training with the Maasai people.
The Maasai are nomadic pastoralists and agriculturalists. One Maasia man can easy own up to 200
head of cattle and just as many goats. However grazing is limited and the nomadic lifestyle is not
so easy any more as more and more tribes have come into the surrounding areas limiting grazing.
Some Maasai are trying to grow crops.
Some challenges in planting are 1) the animals; goats eat just about everything, and 2)lack of
enough mulch for “God’s blanket, but the people were enthusiastic.
A Maasai digging the planting stations A dry and dusty demonstration plot in Maasai land
Another training session was held with a demonstration plot in outskirts of Arusha at Graham
Stevenson’s place. Surrounding neighbors were invited and local church from just outside Arusha
attended the training.
Traveled to Moshi, east of Arusha, not far from Kilimanjaro, to Steve and Anne Steeles. We did
training with a church that was in an area that was hot and dry and semi arid. Training was attended
by about 60 people who were very poor. Through FGW this can be transformational for the people
in this area. Animals are a challenge and it was difficult to find God’s blanket (mulch) around just
for the demonstration plots. Lots of dust storms with small whirlwinds sweeping across the land and
take precious mulch with it..
A Maasai checking if enough of precious
Maasai ladies listening to the teaching.
scarce mulch is put down
We traveled back to Malawi via Dodoma taking the “short cut” south on dirt roads which were
much more exiting than the tar roads, with the numerous speedbumps and traffic police with radar
In Dodoma Mark met up with people who are interested in FGW training. Mark encouraged them
to contact Graham Stevenson in Arusha to help with training.
It was long trips and we stretched the trip coming home sleeping over in Iringa and Mbeya in the
South. We had been away for 13 days of which we were 6 days on the road.
Plans for the next 4-6 months FGW training.
Mark will do follow up visits in the surrounding areas of Mzuzu, Rumphi, Karonga , Mphamba,
Nkhata Bay, Luzangazi and areas around Mzuzu town.
He will also be working with Bethany Christian School, Mzuzu.
There will a possible trip across the lake to Lichinga, Northen Mozambique to do the Farming
God’s Way training in Lichinga District, at YWAM bases and farm.
Mark believes God wants to bring change in peoples practices in farming in Northern Malawi.
Change and progress is slow but there are some changes and God brings the change. He can speed
up the change.
In many areas animals are a challenge as there is little control of animals especially after harvesting.
Animals wonder freely in the fields and God’s Blanket(mulch) is destroyed.
God has brought certain key people who are very exited about FGW here in Northern Malawi and
Mark will work with them.