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Subsistence agriculture employs more than 80% of Mozambique’s workforce and is the most important source of household income in the country. Many Mozambican farmers are unfamiliar with modern farming techniques that we take for granted in the U.S. Things like composting, mulching, intercropping, and pre-rooting have the potential to make a huge impact on the yield of their family crops.
A sustainable farm is a critical part of fulfilling the vision God gave us for this ministry. In September of 2022, we purchased land to begin this farm in Dondo, Mozambique. In early October our first in-ground crop of maize was planted. More soon followed. Our farming project is being developed in phases.
This farm will serve multiple purposes for the organization and the people we serve.
Through it we will:
Our long-term goals for this farm are multi-faceted, but will include broiler chickens, egg laying hens, goats, freshwater fish, traditional in-the-soil crops, and a fruit and moringa tree orchard. It will also include an aquaponics farm inside a greenhouse.
Our Farm Team Leaders
Farm Manager Jose "Joseph" Nogueira has administrative experience in the agricultural industry, a degree in administration and human resources, and a heavy interest in meeting the nutritional needs of mothers, children, and widows.
Agricultural Specialist Pedro Faz-Ver has a master’s degree in agriculture and a passion for planting and growing things.
Executive Director Jason Collmorgen has a passion to fulfill the vision God gave him in all areas of the ministry (including the farm) and is certified in Aquaponics Design as taught by world-renowned aquaponics expert Murray Hallam. Jason has successfully built an aquaponics system in the U.S. and looks forward to implementing the system on the farm in Mozambique.
Aquaponics is a hybrid food growing technology in which the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients to plants grown in water. The whole process mimics a natural ecosystem. Aquaponics combines the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, while eliminating their drawbacks.
The primary purpose of our aquaponics system will be to supply fish and produce for Hope of a Nation’s programs. We have chosen this method for many reasons including: