Tamalu Farms

Agroforestry

Tamalu Farm operates a mixed cropping and mixed farming system. Their Agroforestry Market Garden currently consists of half an acre of growing space with over 80 varieties of integrated fruit, vegetable, herb, native and timber tree species. The annual produce from the Agroforestry Market Garden goes into their weekly vegetable box deliveries. Their livestock includes pasture raised layers in egg mobiles and rotational high intensity non selective grazing of sheep.

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Tamalu Farms

Circular Strategy

Prioritise regenerative resources, Team up to create joint value, Strengthen and advance knowledge

Sustainable Development Goals

11Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

13Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

15Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

"Don't try to change the whole system at once. You have to be patient for the first two to three years. You plant plot by plot, and see your income grow." Fredrick Kipchumba, Farm manager

The Opportunity

Tamalu Farm is the first of a planned series of demonstration sites that progressive agricultural services provider L.E.A.

F Africa is developing in Kenya. L.E.

A.F. started work in 2018 to build Kenya’s first open-source demonstration farm for a range of profitable regenerative agriculture enterprises including agroforestry, market gardening, and pasture-raised poultry. The site, situated on the slopes of Mount Kenya, was brought back to life after over a decade of neglect when L.E.A.F. started production in January 2019, serving customers of its own brand, ForestFoods.

Regenerative agriculture is a farming practice that brings back destroyed soil in a way that makes it healthy and productive, restores biodiversity, and improves nutrition.

The Story

Fredrick Kipchumba, an agronomist by training, speaks of how he gradually became aware of the problems of longterm degradation of Kenya’s soils. He first heard about Tamalu Farm’s work in 2018. Having already decided that he wanted to work in regenerative agriculture, he knew he wanted to get directly involved in its more sustainable production methods and demonstrate their benefits to a wider audience.

The Solution

Tamalu Farm’s approach is grounded in syntropic agroforestry, a dynamic system that integrates all seven layers of a forest in an agricultural landscape. This fosters increased social, economic, and environmental benefits for its users. Syntropic agroforestry mimics and accelerates natural succession processes to capture carbon, water, nutrients and biodiversity in degraded and undeveloped land.

Tamalu Farm’s one-acre market garden consists of a growing space with over 80 varieties of integrated fruit, vegetable, herb, native and timber tree species. They sell directly to customers through a subscription model, and they offer educational farm visits so that they can see how their food is grown and understand the different ways of managing land. The farm plans to expand by setting up ForestFoods farms across the country and a logistics and distribution hub in Nairobi with an integrated supply chain.

To help them advance towards these goals, L.E.A.F. Africa recently joined the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre in 2020 through the Commercial Forestry programme, in partnership with the economic development foundation Gatsby Africa.

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