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Burundi Update

Posted by kellie.henwood | February 16, 2016
JOIN US!  Burundi 4-H School Gardens Have Been Planted! 

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“Impeshi” – “Long Rainy Season” (January – April) has arrived in Burundi. And gardens have been planted at 4 of our Burundi 4-H Sister Schools in Gitega and Bugendana.  A local Agricultural Consultant met with the 4th grade students and educators in January to help with soil preparation and seed planting.  The crops planted so far include carrots, cabbage, green leaved amaranth, and cucumbers.  Students are also learning in the classroom as teachers utilize the USDA Gardening Curriculum, Cultivating Learning with School Gardens throughout the school day.  Next steps for the Burundi 4-H program include teacher trainings with the Agricultural Consultant, obtaining more translated curriculum materials, initiating School Garden Management Committees at each school, and purchasing gardening tools.   YES!  The planting has begun in Burundi and we still have a long way to go to give the program a stronghold in the local schools and communities.  Join Usby continuing with Burundi 4-H as the gardens begin to grow.

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For more information on the Burundi 4-H Sister Schools program contact:  Mary Katherine Deen (; Kevin Wright ( or Lauren Hrncirik (

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