Geography excursion to Kiambethu Tea Farm

Last week, class 10 with Mrs. Burmeister and Mrs. Göckel went to Kiambethu Tea Farm to learn about tea cultivation in Kenya. The students had studied tea cultivation and the social, ecological and economic aspects in Kenya in class. Based on this, presentations were developed and presented on site.

Luca did his research on what tea means for the Kenyan economy. He gave a brief overview on how much tea is faed, what revenue tea brings up and how fair trade tea farming looks like.

Alex and Hannes both worked on the topic of monocultures and crop rotation. we learned about advantages and disadvantages of both. the main focus was the nutrient cycle and it’s effect on tea farms.

William and Albert presented the farm’s history. The Kiambethu Farm, founded in 1926, was started by a British man named AB Mcdonell. He stepped onto African soil in 1905, after the colonization, and bought 350 acres of land five years later.

Lana, Stephanie and Amelie talked about tea farming in Kenya and how it is not quite profitable for the tea pluckers and farmers since one receives an average of 20-30 shillings per Kg of plucked tee leaves. Therefore tea farmers have to rely on other means of income to sustain themselves. Due to the low wages of pluckers and farmers the government decided to take action and raise their wages.

Kris and Adrian gave a presentation on the impact of tea plantations on the environment. We then talked about the pros and cons of tea plantations. And our main focus was to refer to the benefits from our tea plantation.

Class 10 Students

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