Why Life Gardens?
Access to nutritious food can change everything.
Life Garden 360° Tour
The lush greens, reds and yellows. The scent of fresh things growing. The taste of an avocado straight from the tree… The next best thing to walking through a Life Garden is taking a 360-degree virtual tour.
Explore our Training Centre in Kitale where the demonstration garden is the central hub of community life. This is sustainable, organic, nutrient-dense growing at its best.
Life Gardens can change everything
Preventable diseases linked to malnutrition kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
45% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to nutrition and disease-fighting food can save around 16,000 lives every week.
Hidden hunger causes kids to miss school.
Less time being sick means more time in class. Not only that, but when their growing bodies are well fed with nutritious, life-giving food, kids are able to focus, study and learn more.
The poorest regions have up to 40% unemployment. When 2 billion people live on less than $2 per day, hope is distant.
However, with health and the skills to generate an income from growing surplus food in a Life Garden, they can escape the vicious cycle of poverty.
Restore The Environment
Industrial food production is hurting the planet. And people still go hungry.
Thrive’s model for growing diverse, 100% organic food is nourishing the planet’s people and the environment — sustainably.
How do we tackle hidden hunger?
Simply, through Life Gardens.
Thrive trains and equips people to grow an abundance of healthy, organic, disease-fighting foods and medicinal plants. With knowledge, simple tools, and starter seeds, people who can’t afford to buy healthy food can grow their own – sustainably.
We call these projects Life Gardens because growing health is the first step to a thriving life.
The Thrive model works anywhere there’s:
100 square feet of soil
(the size of a standard living room)
6 hours of daily sunlight
(500 mm / 20 inches a year)
It’s based on the best organic growing methods, nutritional research and an education-first approach.
The Thrive for Good model is flourishing in villages, urban zones, schools, orphanages, prisons, hospitals and more.
Life Gardens changed the lives of Joyce, John, Mara and Jacob. Read their stories.
“Growing Life Gardens not only lifts individuals out of poverty, it also renews our planet for future generations. Our gardens nourish the soil. Compared to other methods of farming we don’t use pesticides or chemical fertilizer yet we can produce more this way and conserve the environment at the same time.”
– Joyce Juma
“I am very happy that Thrive trained my son. I am a maize farmer myself. When my son came home from prison he told me all about what he had learned. I gave him some of my land and immediately he started digging in a way that I had never seen before. His plants did much better than any of mine. We are so grateful for the knowledge and skills that you have shared. We are a family of 19 and hunger is no longer a problem for us. May God bless all that you do to help people in prison and other communities.”
– John Wasike
“Our lives were the definition of poverty. Myself, my 5 parent-less grandkids and the 5 other orphaned children that I took in. Everything changed when I had the opportunity to attend a 5-day workshop in my community. Immediately I started my own gardens at my home. Every square inch of my property was turned into different areas to grow health. Soon enough we had food. Food that filled our bodies and helped us to feel good. After our first harvest, we had way too much food. I decided to see if anyone would purchase my extra crops. For the first time in my life, I had enough food to feed my family and enough money to purchase a mattress.”
– Mara Jekombe
“Every single month I use to suffer from malaria and allergies. I was very weak, I had muscle pain, chills, fever, loss of appetite, headaches and weight loss. After learning about natural medicine and growing health, my life changed. Within 2 days of using artemisia, my body was completely healed, I never experienced malaria or allergy again. Since 2012 I am a disease-free man.”
– Jacob Lotodo