Stair Gardens Project

Ngoni Award Picture

Stair Gardens Project




Ngoni grew up in a rural subsistence farming community in Zimbabwe.  Attending school in America, he was exposed to raised bed technologies for increasing crop yields.  Spotting his first bunkbed, he wondered if a tiered bed system could work and personally designed a tiered gardening system with three platforms, enabling water conservation, multiple crop production on a single plot, and an easy-to-understand agriculture initiative for farming families.  Ngoni plans to enable marginalized Zimbabweans living in areas that lack sufficient water and fertile soil to sustainably grow vegetables, simultaneously improving food availability and financial security.  Families will actually make enough extra money to endow a new bed and initial seed package for the next family with only 6-9 months of operation, making this a sustainably scalable project as well.