Florence, the Farm Prefect, runs the Daraja Farm like she would the small farm in her village. Before she leaves Daraja, she is intent on reaching her goal of helping the campus become fully sustainable.
The girls of Daraja strive for perfection in every area of academics, but they don’t stop there. “By the time I leave Daraja, I want to be able to say that I helped Daraja become a fully sustainable campus,” Florence, Form 4 and Farm Prefect said. Daraja’s farm has become quite impressive over a short period of time. Boasting of everything from bananas to mangos to tomatoes to potatoes, the amount of food that the students and faculty at Daraja eat from the farm has proliferated. “The more food we are able to eat that comes from Daraja, means more money is saved from food we did not have to buy,” Florence said. “This is important because every bit of money we can save from one area is more money we can use in another area that might really need it.”
Florence doesn’t care for the farm herself. 15 Daraja girls spread out over each class help her care for the farm by pruning, weeding, digging, watering and harvesting. The students help care for sweet potatoes, corn, peas, beans, kale, cabbage and more.
Florence campaigned become at the Farm Prefect. After lobbying for votes and making a speech in front of the school, she was elected to a position she felt like she needed to hold. “I knew I could make a difference with something at Daraja that was really important. Being able to be fully-sustainable, that is something that is really important for the future of this school.”