In two short months, KITA has had a few big changes! New products, increased efficiency, new volunteers, and increased learning opportunities help KITA grow!
New Animal Housing Facility
In September, the third and final building in the animal housing unit was finished! KITA hopes to use this new barn to house laying hens, broilers, turkeys and guinea fowl. To increase production, the birds will be fed a concentrated protein diet, increasing body weight and maturity age. The poultry are currently housed in the same area as the rabbits. With separate housing units and concentrated diets, both species will result in increased production.
Refurbished Fish Farm
The aquaculture unit at KITA has undergone a renovation! For the past two months, students have reconstructed the fish pond by making it deeper, more symmetrical and more suitable for the surrounding water sources. The pond is now filled with water and ready for fingerlings. This project will not only serve as an excellent teaching tool for the students, but support the school financially.
Rabbit Project Expands
The KITA rabbitry is expanding! Last month, KITA purchased one buck and three does from farmer Bosua, a local rabbit breeder and producer. These four rabbits have been added to the existing thirteen and will be used to expand the project. Nick Traini, one of the new AgriCorps volunteers have been working with three students to enhance breeding methods, record keeping and general management. They hope to have several dozen rabbits ready for Christmas dinner!
Students Tackle Composting Design Project
A group of KITA students have begun developing a new composting system on campus with the help of American Agricorps volunteers Nick and Haley. In order to create rich compost to use on the vegetable gardens, as well as reduce the costs of purchasing manure, the students have dedicated the old apiary area to a new system. So far, they have leveled the area and begun digging trenches for the concrete bins that will house the raw material for the compost (manure, animal bedding, weeds, dry leaves, ash). A concrete slab will be made for the compost windrow and a shed has been placed to house the finished compost. It is our hope to have ready-to-use compost within the next month!