AMBOKILI FARM

ABOUT US

An organic farm that transforms semi-arid terrains into thriving, biodiverse, self-sustaining ecosystems
through organic permaculture, environmental conservation and community development

Preserving Biodiversity. Inspiring Change.

Vision

Preserving Biodiversity. Inspiring Change.

Mission

Ambokili is an Organic Farm that transforms semi-arid terrains into thriving, biodiverse, self-sustaining ecosystems for communities through organic permaculture, environmental conservation and community development.

About Ambokili Farm

Ambokili Farm is an Organic Farm that transforms semi-arid terrains into thriving, biodiverse, self-sustaining ecosystems for communities through organic permaculture, environmental conservation and community development.  

Located in the rural town of Kimana, Kenya, Ambokili Farm is adjacent to the renown Amboseli National Park and at the foot of Mt.Kilimanjaro. With additional neighbouring parks such as Tsavo East and West National parks, the farm embodies a harmonious coexistence with the surrounding national parks.  

What makes Ambokili Farm unique? At Ambokili Farm, it’s not only about nature’s bounty: it’s about the people who thrive alongside it. Our extensive community development programs empower individuals and communities. From access to good nutrition, education, and healthcare, to income-generation activities; we build equality, inclusivity and fair share.  

We ensure everyone in our community lives a happy, fulfilling life by nurturing social and emotional well-being, meaningful connections, mindfulness, good mental health, and cultural diversity. 

Our

History

story

In the semi-arid area of Kimana town, Ambokili Farm stands as a testament to the transformative power of regenerative agriculture. 

In 2022, Ambokili Farm embarked on a monumental journey to rejuvenate the barren landscapes of Kimana town. Ravaged by years of conventional farming and chemical abuse and in a semi-arid region, the land was marred by 2-meter-deep gullies and extensive sheet erosion. This was the result of conventional farming and chemical abuse which had rendered the land infertile and exhausted. Yet, within this arid canvas, we saw not merely a challenge, but an opportunity – to breathe life back into the land, to inspire change, and in doing so, rewrite the land’s narrative. Undeterred by the challenges, Ambokili Farm initiated a comprehensive and innovative approach to not only combat soil erosion but to transform the arid expanse into a thriving ecosystem. 

Our journey began with a simple act – planting. Recognizing the dire need for a natural shield against erosion agents, the Farm strategically introduced Dracaena Stuckyi, a native plant renowned for its erosion-blocking capabilities. This strategic choice played a crucial role in impeding the destructive forces of wind and water. Furthermore, the implementation of contour terraces was a thoughtful step to mitigate the strength and force of water, ensuring that the soil remained steadfast against erosion. 

For ground cover, we opted for Vetiver grass since it can have roots more than 2M deep. This grass really

 enables the soil to remain intact. Additionally, the ground cover would And Vetiver grass, with its 2-meter-deep roots, tenaciously held the soil together enabling the soil to remain intact even when exposed to agents of erosion such as wind and water. It reduced flow velocity and increased soil stability. The Veriver grass added aesthetic value- a verdant cloak to the once-parched earth. It was an unexpected yet welcome bonus. We then introduced the Macuna Bean. In a landscape where water was a scarce commodity, the Farm strategically chose hardy crops—Vetiver grass and Mucuna beans. These became the Farm’s “miracle crops,” adapting to the harsh climatic conditions and growing resiliently despite limited water resources. Mucuna beans, in particular, contributed to soil fertility by fixing nitrogen, laying the foundation for sustainable agriculture. 

Additionally, over 500 trees, chosen for their adaptability and ecological prowess, were meticulously planted. 

Our journey was not without its challenges. Water, the elixir of life, was scarce. Ambokili Farm ingeniously utilised the then-available 10-litre tank but soon realised the growing water demands of their ambitious projects. Our initial 10-litre tank proved woefully inadequate especially with heavy feeders like trees. Watering our trees, each demanding 5 litres a day and growing ever taller, outstripped our reserves. We partnered with one of the neighbours and pumped 100 litres per day from their reservoir to irrigate our plants. This soon transformed into a financial sinkhole. It was not only financially burdensome but also unsustainable. At a cost exceeding KES 100,000 per week, it diverted precious financial resources from other crucial projects like our Black Soldier Fly initiative and animal shelters.  

The permanent solution is sinking a borehole—an expensive proposition. Therefore, as an interim measure, we’ve well was dug, now serving as the main water source. A pivotal moment in the farm’s water management strategy was the implementation of Fanya Juu and Fanya Chini channel terracing, redirecting water for multi-purpose use. A 450,000-liter reservoir, strategically placed at the highest point of the farm to harness gravity, became a game-changer, drastically reducing operational costs by eliminating the need for water pumping. Despite these remarkable strides, we still need a borehole, the size of Ambokili Farm demands a sustainable water source for long-term prosperity. 

Today, Ambokili Farm is a tapestry woven from resilience, innovation, and unwavering commitment. From the skeletal landscape we inherited, we have conjured a vibrant tapestry of life. A testament to the transformative power of sustainable agricultural practices. From combating erosion with indigenous flora to innovative water management strategies, the farm has not only revitalised the land but also pioneered a blueprint for sustainable farming in arid regions. The success of Vetiver grass and Mucuna beans, resilient crops thriving against all odds, serves as an inspiration for sustainable agriculture enthusiasts.  Now, our once barren fields now yield a bounty of organic produce, nurtured by the fertile soil we have meticulously coaxed back to life. 

But our story is far from over. We’re here to preserve biodiversity and inspire change in Kimana, Kenya, Africa, and the world. Investing in Ambokili Farm is not merely a financial venture; it’s a commitment to environmental sustainability, environmental restoration and conservation, biodiversity, and community development. It’s a commitment to transformation of arid landscapes into thriving ecosystems. As we forge ahead, your support becomes the cornerstone for a future where Ambokili Farm stands as a beacon of hope, proving that even the most challenging terrains can be revived with dedication, innovation, and a profound respect for nature. Join us as we rewrite the narrative of lands, one seed, one drop, one hopeful step at a time. 

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Core Values

Care for Earth

From barren land to thriving ecosystems, Ambokili transforms landscapes and lives and nurtures a sustainable future through organic permaculture and community empowerment. We nurture a sustainable planet by prioritising soil health, conserving water, minimising waste, and combating climate change through sustainable practices. Our commitment is to safeguard the Earth's well-being for a thriving and resilient environment.

Care for People

We're dedicated to fostering thriving communities by prioritising the well-being of individuals. We create safe, welcoming, nurturing, communal environments by cultivating nutritional security, income stability, social well-being, equality and inclusivity. We ensure everyone lives a happy, fulfilling life by nurturing entrepreneurship, meaningful connections, mindfulness, good mental health, cultural diversity and emotional well-being.

Care for Life

We passionately care for life, prioritising the well-being of farm animals, preserving wildlife habitats and corridors, fostering biodiversity, and nurturing symbiotic relationships. Our commitment is to build a sustainable and compassionate world where all life thrives, creating harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.

Fair Share

We foster a sustainable and just world through fair share—sharing resources responsibly, promoting equitable distribution, fostering sustainable development, and considering the needs of present and future generations. This envisions an inclusive and harmonious future where everyone thrives, and our planet is preserved for generations to come.