About Farming God's Way
“Farming God’s Way” was developed in 1984 by a farmer named Brian Oldreive in Zimbabwe. As time went on, it was accepted in other parts of Africa and is gradually being used in other continents. The Lord gave him the three main principles which are: Farming Well, No Wastage, and On Time. This is combined with Christian lifestyle principles, which we call Spiritual Capital. Traditionally in Africa the bush was cut down and burned to clear the land, but now instead the organic material is being used as compost and mulch. Mulch is called God’s Blanket and protects the soil against the heavy rains and thus erosion. No deep tillage is allowed, so the soil’s micro-climate and micro-fauna is retained leaving a much healthier and balanced environment. Combining the right crops is taught; for example, peanuts are grown next to corn, so the nitrogen from the peanuts helps the growth of corn.
See website: www.farming-gods-way.org.
About Dr. Conrad Van Dijk
Conrad has been serving the communities of Sierra Leone for almost 50 years. A graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, he and his wife Anna were called to Sierra Leone to a veterinary and teaching position, respectively. Their goal has been to help impoverished people in a war torn country earn an income, receive education, and have access to healthcare. He worked to set up poultry flocks in a sustainable and profitable manner for those living in Sierra Leone, traveling to the country an average of three times per year. While the hot, humid weather hasn’t changed, many great developments have happened in Sierra Leone through their efforts. God placed them with their skills and abilities, along with His heart for the wonderful local people, to help improve local agriculture, fight against the Ebola virus, and now teach transformational principles that are reaching the felt needs of the nation.
While Anna has gone to be with the Lord, Conrad continues to support the good work that is taking place in Sierra Leone.
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