The animals at Levi’s Nek Farm

Every day, the young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm take it in turns to look after the animals. The hens are now fed on the farm’s self-produced maize meal. The sheep graze during the day and return to the farm … Read More

Preparing new plots at Levi’s Nek

Plot by plot, the young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm optimise the space available for cultivation. They work with local farmers for the first ploughing, using cattle to pull the ploughing tools. The grelinette, an 80 cm wide spade, a … Read More

Construction of a second greenhouse at Levi’s Nek, Lesotho

The young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm, who are deaf and hard of hearing, are building a second greenhouse as an extension to the first. This will give them a covered area of 400m2 for market gardening. This space will … Read More

First plantings in the greenhouse at Levi’s Nek, Lesotho

After preparing the growing beds, the young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm had the pleasure of planting their nursery-prepared lettuce plants. These plants, grown from seeds supplied by our partner Agrosemens, will benefit from a protected space during the southern … Read More

Niebe harvest at Levi’s Nek Farm – Lesotho

The young residents of Levi’s Nek had the opportunity to try their hand at growing cowpeas, a bean that is highly prized in West Africa for its leaves and seeds. Dried beans are widely consumed in southern Africa, so the … Read More

Preparation of the cultivation beds in Levi’s Nek Farm greenhouse.

The greenhouse at Levi’s Nek Farm is now up and running! In order to get the greenhouse operational without delay, the young residents set about installing the growing beds inside. To do this, they applied the principle of permaculture and … Read More

Maize shredding at Levi’s Nek Farm – Lesotho

A shredder has been purchased to equip the farm of the young deaf and hard-of-hearing residents, enabling them to transform the harvested maize stalks into feed for their poultry. The youngsters  had the ingenious idea of using the grinder to … Read More

Collaboration with the Emmanuel Health Centre, Levi’s Nek – Lesotho

A local health centre, located near the Levi’s Nek farm, has been approached with the aim of developing links with the deaf young residents of the farm. A counsellor from the hospital, currently based at the clinic, will take part … Read More

Donation of uniforms to the Emmanuel Health Centre, Levi’s Nek – Lesotho.

The Parisian atelier Keit has generously donated medical uniforms to the association Designing Hope for distribution to its various African partners. The association gave the medical staff at the Levi’s Nek health centre the opportunity to choose an outfit from … Read More

Visit of the workshop at Levi’s Nek Farm – Lesotho

The workshop at Levi’s Nek Farm is now fully equipped, allowing the young residents to make themselves everything they need for the farm. For example, to build their greenhouse, they made a metal ladder, which they were able to weld … Read More

Fencing around the pasture at Levi’s Nek farm, Lesotho

The young residents of Levi’s Nek farm have started to put up the fence around the farm’s pasture. This area of over a hectare is situated high above the farmhouse, on the edge of the forest. The fence will enable … Read More

Setting up the greenhouse at Levi’s Nek farm – Lesotho

Following the successful construction of a 300 m² greenhouse at the Saint-Paul School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Leribe, the young residents of Levi’s Nek have embarked on the construction of two other structures, each measuring 200 … Read More

Coverage of the greenhouse – Levis Nek

After installing the wooden poles, metal rods and ropes, the young people proceeded to cover the greenhouses with a sun-resistant textile, providing protection against the scorching rays of the sun and heavy seasonal rains in southern Africa. This textile was … Read More

Setting up the greenhouse at Levi’s Nek farm – Lesotho

After setting the vertical poles in cement, the young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm position the horizontal metal rods and wires that will support the fabric covering the greenhouse.

The workshop at Levi’s Nek farm

The construction of a workshop has been launched to provide the young residents of Levi’s Nek farm with a workspace and a place to store their equipment. Once up and running, this workshop will enable the deaf and hard-of-hearing young … Read More

Growing Milpa on the Levi’s Nek farm – Lesotho

After planting maize on one of their plots, the young people at Levi’s Nek farm are now sowing climbing bean seeds at the foot of the maize plants that have already grown. They use the Milpa technique, which involves combining … Read More

Preparing bread at Levi’s Nek Farm

At Levi’s Nek, the division of tasks between the young residents works perfectly well! Damane is the group’s baker, and twice a week he prepares bread for the 10 residents of the farm. The bread is baked in a pan … Read More

Transplanting strawberry plants, sweet potatoes and Chya on Levi’s Nek Farm, Lesotho

Exchanges of experience between projects in southern Africa also take the form of exchanges of plants and seeds. For example, the women from the Garden of Skills have given sweet potato plants, strawberry runners and Chya cuttings to the young … Read More

Landscaping around Levi’s Nek Farm, Lesotho

An herb garden has been created at the entrance to the farm, using stones salvaged from old buildings to create a terraced garden and steps to access the garden. Aromatic herbs and medicinal plants were purchased from a nursery in … Read More

Construction of the new workshop on the Levi’s Nek farm

The latest phase in the development of the Levi’s Nek farm is the construction of a 6×3 metre workshop, close to the other buildings.This workshop includes an enclosed storeroom for tools and animal feed, and a covered area where young people can work with wood or … Read More

Dismantling the stone house on the farm

In Lesotho, it is not uncommon for a landowner to want the house built on the plot of land he is selling back.The materials salvaged (stones, tin roof, window, door) will be used to rebuild the house elsewhere…This was the case … Read More

Ride to the top of Levi’s Nek mountain with the Farm’s young residents

Levi’s Nek farm is located in an exceptional natural setting, at the foot of a small hill that gives absolutely no hint of the exceptional view that can be enjoyed from its summit.The young people on the farm collect dead wood on … Read More

Metal workshop with deaf and hearing-impaired children from Levi’s Nek farm in Lesotho

The young deaf and dumb farmers  were trained in metalwork. They were able to make the 12 bed frames for their dormitory, as well as the tables and shelves needed to fit out the farm. This skill is an asset that … Read More

Extension of the Levi’s Nek farm

With the support of The Ivory Foundation, a new plot of land has just been acquired to extend the farm.This plot is modest in size, but essential for the future of the project, as it can be built on.It will be dedicated … Read More

Meal at the farm

The Levi’s Nek farm has 2 dormitories and a shared living room where young people share their meals.The youths take it in turns to prepare their meals. They have got into the habit of cooking balanced meals for themselves, with … Read More

The animals at Levi’s Nek farm

A new species of indigenous hen has been introduced to the Levi’s Nek farm, and they are impressive for their size and plumage. They are also capable of laying large eggs, which are highly prized on the local market.The presence of several males … Read More

Making metal shelves for Levi’s Nek farm

Using off-cuts from the boards used for the beds, large shelves were designed to fit out the workshop and the storage room for seeds and feed for the farm animals.The aim was also, as part of the metal training offered … Read More

Board game evenings at Levi’s Nek

The youngsters at Levi’s Nek have taken a liking to board games. Dominoes, triominoes, uno – they’ve discovered this activity recently, and are enjoying this relaxing time together.

Making a workbench and metal tables

One of the first objects made during the metal training course organised by Cyrille Varet at Levi’s Nek farm for The Ivory Foundation was a workbench, the starting point for designing all the objects the woman will need…  Other tables will follow, a sideboard … Read More

Painting of metal furniture by young residents of Levi’s Nek farm

While the young people on the Levi’s Nek farm may have unequal skills and potential, there is a constant desire on the part of the group for everyone to be involved in the farm’s activities.The strongest prepare the soil, while the weakest … Read More

Setting up the tree nursery at Levi’s Nek

The Ivory Foundation has provided the Levi’s Nek farm with grid seedling trays. These are modular, and can offer either 5cm or 10cm cells depending on the plants.

First plantings on the beds at Levi’s Nek farm

The young farmers on the Levi’s Nek farm have planted their first vegetable seedlings on the beds they have prepared near their home. These local beds will be planted with a variety of vegetables for the young people’s daily diet. Field crops will … Read More

Preparing the planting beds at Levi’s Nek farm

The young people take possession of the Levi’s Nek farm at the end of the southern winter, which is cold and dry in Lesotho (temperatures can drop to -4 degrees). So it’s time to start preparing the beds for the market garden crops that will … Read More

Construction of the Levi’s Nek farm office – Lesotho

Levi’s Nek farm includes a house for the farm manager, with a separate office for farm administration, as well as an apartment for him to live in next to the youth dormitory.

Manure collection from a neighbor farm

The Levi’s Nek farm and the project it represents are beginning to be known by the surrounding community.The farm manager, with the support of the village chief, took the initiative of contacting the neighbours to present the farm and its objectives. Thanks … Read More

Shared meal at Levi’s Nek Farm

The young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm share their meal on the large table in the living room adjoining the two dormitories in the accommodation block built for them on the farm. Starch, vegetable sauce and chicken from the farm are on the … Read More

Feeding the sheep at Levi’s Nek farm

As they do every day, the youngsters at Levi’s Nek farm are in charge of feeding the sheep and hens.The hens’ pen will be opened first to allow them to feed themselves first, before their big neighbours the sheep are fed in turn…

Board game evening at Levi’s Nek Farm

Every evening, the young people at Levi’s Nek farm like to gather around the large table in the lounge at the entrance to the dormitories to play board games.

Mastering metalwork, an asset for running the farm

The main principle of the Levi’s Nek farm is to give the deaf and hard-of-hearing youths who run it the opportunity to be independent, to acquire as many skills as possible so that they are able to meet all their day-to-day needs … Read More

Opening ceremony of Levi’s Nek Farm

In order to help the young deaf and hard-of-hearing residents of the farm integrate into the Levi’s Nek community, an inauguration ceremony was organised for the young people, members of their families (some of whom came from very modest backgrounds and lived … Read More

Youngsters from Levi’s Nek farm in their work clothes

At the inauguration of the Levi’s Nek farm, the young people were able to see and try on the complete outfit made for each of them by the women of the Garden of Skills in Eswatini. They were extremely proud … Read More

The first team settles in at the farm in Levi’s Nek, Lesotho

With the dormitory now complete, three young people from St Monica said farewell to the farm that had been their home for 3 years and moved to their new home in Levi’s Nek. Three young people stayed on to look … Read More

Tasty dishes cooked by the farm’s youngsters

A local vegetable garden is planned to provide a variety of vegetables and herbs for their personal use.Until the garden is up and running, the vegetables have been bought from Levi’s Nek stores….

Construction of the Levi’s Nek farm manager’s house

The Ivory Foundation has planned to install the Levi’s Nek farm manager, Leepa Mosehle, who has been accompanying young deaf and hard-of-hearing people in this educational farm project since 2015.  This building will include both his home and an office … Read More

Involvement of young people from Farming our future in the work of Levi’s Nek

Every day, the young beneficiaries of Farming our future take turns on the site to see the work in progress. They also help to transport materials to the site, which is difficult for lorries to access

The farmhouse at Levi’s Nek

The main buildings are now in place on the constructible part of the farm. The main building is typical of Lesotho, with its breezeblocks joined like stone and a worked cornice that surrounds and hides the corrugated iron roof. The … Read More

Finishing work on the Levi’s Nek dormitory

The exterior finishes was completed and the roof has been laid. The workers are finalising the interior fittings.  In the living room, the tiles have been laid and a kitchen has been made to measure by a joiner.

Construction of the volunteer chalet

As with the Jardin des Savoir-Faire in Eswatini, The Ivory Foundation called on Wendy Lane, a designer of wooden chalets, to create a double accommodation unit for its volunteers. The advantage of these structures, pre-assembled in a workshop in South … Read More

Levi’s Nek borehole

The Ivory Foundation commissioned a local contractor to drill and install a pump to supply water to the Levi’s Nek farm. The presence of water on the site was essential to launch the construction of the farm buildings (cement production) … Read More

Levi’s Nek development: laying the fencing

As soon as the purchase of the land by Farming Our Future was signed, young deaf and hard-of-hearing people began to lay fencing around the plots to secure the site. This will also allow the animals to arrive quickly, as … Read More

Construction of the dormitory

A building of more than 100m2 comprising two six-place dormitories, two bathrooms, a lounge and a kitchen was built using breeze-block. Young deaf and hard-of-hearing people played an active part in getting the project off the ground.

Land acquisition for the Levi’s Nek farm

In order to create the Levi’s Nek farm, Farming our future had to acquire several plots of land of different sizes to create a total area of 3 hectares. One plot is dedicated to market gardening and will also be … Read More

The Keyhole of St Monica

Deaf and hard-of-hearing youngsters from St Monica’s farm water the keyhole. The Keyhole is a traditional garden from Lesotho. So it was very important that the garden at St Monica’s should also have this high circular vegetable garden. The perimeter … Read More

St. Monica’s Garden, Lesotho

It’s almost the end of winter… The garden is still rich of its last winter vegetables, and the young people of the farm have prepared the beds to welcome the spring seedlings. The garden team proudly presents its work to … Read More

The Sheep of St Monica’s Farm, Lesotho

The flock, composed of 10 sheep when the farm was launched (3 males and 7 females), has increased by 50% in 2 years thanks to three new births this year.   The sheep bring an additional income for the farm with … Read More

Use of a “Campagnole” for planting beds at St Monica’s farm, Leribe, Lesotho

The vegetable garden at St. Monica’s Farm was built on the principle of permaculture, with 80 cm wide raised beds on which the young deaf and hard-of-hearing gardeners grow vegetables quite densely, combining varieties that are compatible in terms of … Read More

Preparing winter crops at St Monica’s Farm, Lesotho

With winter approaching in southern Africa, the young people at St Monica’s Farm prepared their crop beds with seasonal varieties. So they planted spinach, cabbage and tomatoes which will be planted in the garden during the dry season in winter.

The egg incubator at St Monica’s Farm, Lesotho

The young people of St Monica’s farm have started to use the incubator financed by The Ivory Foundation. Before any use, the equipment and eggs must be disinfected to prevent disease transmission. The eggs are then placed slightly apart on … Read More

Free-range indigenous chickens at St Monica’s Farm, Lesotho

The flock of chickens at St Monica’s Farm has grown significantly since the garden started. There are now about 50 hens of different species with varied and colourful plumage. These hens are raised for egg and meat production, providing an … Read More

Fodder farming at St Monica’s farm

The aim of St Monica’s farm is to develop a self-sufficient economic model. Among the solutions to achieve this, the young farmers have developed a fodder production plot to reduce the cost of buying fodder. Every day, the young people … Read More

The Keyhole of St Monica

The Keyhole is a traditional garden from Lesotho. It was therefore logical that the garden of St Monica, located in Leribe (Lesotho) should also host one. This vegetable garden is made up on its periphery of stones found on the … Read More

St Monica’s Garden

Spring is the ideal time for seedlings production in Southern Africa. The upcoming wet season combines warmth and regular rainfall, which is ideal for plant development. Thus, the young farmers at St Monica’s Farm in Lesotho have prepared seedlings of … Read More

Vegetable shredder at St Monica

A plant shredder was purchased with the support of The Ivory Foundation. This tool reduces corn crop residues by fine chips, which thus crushed can be ingested more easily by animals and be consumed in association with forage. The deaf … Read More

Animals of St Monica’s farm

The numbers in the chicken coop at St Monica’s farm are steadily increasing. There are now 35 hens of different breeds, all indigenous who produce enough to feed the young on the farm by creating an income-generating activity. Soon, an … Read More

Potato and marrow crops at the educational farm of St Monica, Lesotho

Young people from the educational farm of St Monica have harvested an important amount of potatoes and marrows. They can reach amazing sizes : it allows for the preparation of many meals for the young gardeners! These vegetables, especially potatoes, … Read More

Harvests in St Monica farm

For more than a year now, young deaf and hard of hearing people supported by The Ivory Foundation have been running St Monica’s educational farm in Leribe, Lesotho. The farm is fortunate to be located close to a borehole, and … Read More

Movie on St Monica farm, Lesotho

After having supported the St Paul School for the Deaf for 3 years by financing a micro educational farm that can accommodate 5 to 8 students to learn farm management (agroecology, cereal cultivation, animal husbandry), The Ivory Foundation has imagined … Read More

The garden of Saint Monica, Lesotho

The 6 young deaf and hard of hearing people manage the Saint Monica Educational Farm in Leribe, Lesotho, funded by The Ivory Foundation in 2019. Within a year they have structured a wasteland into a fertile and productive plot of … Read More

Egg harvesting

The farm’s 20 native hens produce a good quantity of eggs, enough to provide a food supplement for the youngs. Associating small-scale animal husbandry with gardening is important for the economic balance of the St Monica educational farm in Leribe. … Read More

Animal care at St Monica

This year at the farm of St Monica, a damaged building has been rehabilitated in order to welcome the sheep in good conditions and to be able to store the fodder. Moreover, this building also aims to isolate the females … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 5 – The vegetable garden

Last episode of the mini-serie about the life in St Monica farm. The young people invest time and energy to develop their vegetable gardens, while at the same time involving the principles of agroecology and permaculture. In this film, young … Read More

Milpa’s plot in Saint-Paul, Lesotho

Since 2017, The Ivory Foundation has been supporting deaf and hard of hearing youth in Lesotho. 5 students trained in agriculture have been placed on a new semi autonomous farm. Young people put their knowledge of agroecology into practice. This … Read More

Star-shaped crop boards

The young people of Saint Monica have had a new idea to create new crop boards! Putting their knowledge of mound creation into practice, they rethought the concept to make it a creative and original work. This initiative will be … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 4 – The Milpa

New step toward autonomy: with the help of the crop manager, young people put their knowledge of agroecology into practice. This film shows the setting up of a Milpa plot, with the principle of the 3 sisters: Corn, climbing beans … Read More

Sheep shearing

Lesotho is a large producer of wool. Thus, many shepherds live in the mountains with their animals for part of the year, as shearing sheep is a traditional activity in this mountainous country. It was therefore important to valorize it … Read More

Some news of plantations in St Monica

After a good preparation of the soils at the end of winter, and early sowings, the plantations grow well in St Monica, thanks to the work of the 5 young deaf and hard of hearing people and the head of … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 3 – Wool

5 students trained in agriculture have been placed on a new semi autonomous farm. 10 sheep and 2 goats were purchased by The Ivory Foundation to provide a significant resource for the St Monica farm. The sale of wool and … Read More

Plantations of fruit trees

The 5 deaf and hearing-impaired youngsters of Saint Monica planted fruit trees between the crop plots! Following the principle of agroforestry, the main function of these trees is to provide shade for the crops. One of the other functions they … Read More

Maintenance of corn

The youngs running the St Monica’s farm have maintained the cornfields today. Corn is an important crop in Southern Africa because it is used as semolina for daily food. We try to combine corn with cucurbits and beans, because corn … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 2 The Chickens

After the bread making, the small breeding, including the hens, is an important element in order to achieve food autonomy. This activity also allows them to make a profit by selling surplus eggs at the market. In this video, the … Read More

Games at St Monica

The young people from the working farm met at the St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Leribe more than 5 years ago. They worked for 2 years on the school’s educational farm before sharing the … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 1 – The bread

St Monica is seen as a farm of transition to autonomy. The aim is for young people to be able to build a professional project together which will then enable them to blossom while overcoming their handicap. In this sense, … Read More

Milpa culture

Now that the corn has grown and the squash is growing, it’s time to plant beans to their feet ! The principle of milpa is the optimization of space, by the association of three plants, which provide mutual benefits to … Read More

Small livestock activity at St Monica, Lesotho

On Saint Monica’s farm, in order to diversify resources for young people, a small livestock farming activity has also been set up. Herewith, around twenty hens raised in open air and ten sheep were acquired thanks to the support of … Read More

The mandala, ready for new seedlings

The Mandala of St Monica, realized in November 2019, is empty!The fertile soil of its petals allowed the vegetables to grow quickly, and be harvested early February. Again, raised bed cultivation has shown its effectiveness, especially at the end of … Read More

New raised beds in St Monica

The farm of St Monica has a limited cultivable surface. They have to optimize space in the farm to obtain a sufficient crop yield and a mid-term objectif of financial autonomy. To achieved this, a long slope covered in grass … Read More

Cooking class in St Monica

The young people of St Monica’s farm find themselves for the first time independent, in charge of preparing their meals. The Ivory Foundation first covers their needs in basic products (oil, cornmeal, lentils and vegetables not available in the garden … Read More

Tomato boards

The garden of St Monica has been structured with the installation of several tomato boards. Linear structures made with branches support the tomato plant to prevent them from touching the ground and catching diseases.

Creation of St Monica’s Mandala

In order to start vegetable production on St Monica farm, in the middle of the dry season, we chose to start cultivation on a Mandala. It is a garden in the shape of a flower, the petals of which are … Read More

The great team

This is a great day for the 5 deaf and hearing-impaired young people trained at St Paul’s school, who after several weeks of work, can finally take over St Monica’s farm, with the support of The Ivory Foundation. Leepa Mosehle, … Read More