En­joy­ing the good life in Malawi

Country Smallholding - - CHRISTMAS NEWS -

A Bri­tish civil ser­vant with the diplo­matic ser­vice has writ­ten to Coun­try Smallholding about his ‘good life’ in Malawi.

A year ago, David Grocott moved to Malawi from a one-bed­room flat in Lon­don. “I’ve used my spare time to set up an or­ganic smallholding in my back gar­den,” he said. “We have 10 pigs, 11 chick­ens, and a bee hive… plus three res­cue dogs!

“We sell our pro­duce – veg­eta­bles, fruit, eggs, chick­ens, wean­ers, home­made le­mon­ade and such­like – once a month at a lo­cal ‘farm­ers’ mar­ket and have started offering train­ing and ser­vices to oth­ers who are keen to grow their own. Ev­ery­thing we do is or­ganic – we use a lo­cal plant, Tephrosia vo­gelii, as a nat­u­ral pes­ti­cide and make all our own com­post.”

The smallholding is man­aged by Ne­pear Nkhwali, a lo­cal gar­dener. “He has now com­pleted his Per­ma­cul­ture De­sign Cer­tifi­cate at a lo­cal in­sti­tute and is much in de­mand for his knowl­edge!” said David. “Ne­pear uses the profit we make from sell­ing pro­duce to pay school fees for his two young sons, Robert and Pa­tience.

“Malawi is one of the poor­est coun­tries in the world, so things get done a lit­tle dif­fer­ently here. We have to make do and mend, in the true small­holder tra­di­tion! “And in case you are won­der­ing how I get Coun­try

Smallholding in Malawi, it comes through the ‘Diplo­matic Bag’ once a month!”

David Grocott (far left), Ne­pear Nkhwali (far right), his fam­ily

and some of their an­i­mals

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