Ngambo is a Fulani refugee from CAR that fled into Cameroon not recently, but over 10 years ago (he fled from armed bandits). He learned from one of our agroforestry seminars back then as to how to raise fruit trees and vegetables. Once a cattle herder, he is now an avid gardener and part of the co-op network in the town of Kentzou just across the border from us. I have not seen his garden in years, so as we were visiting other gardens, we went by his and he asked me if I could identify one of CEFA's fruit trees he planted that is now fruiting. I said it was a rollinia and is ripe when it turns soft and yellow. He asked me how to eat it and I said when ripe, just split it open and eat all the delicious sweet and soft flesh. I then turned to him and asked him what fruit he was growing in his garden (it looked like some form of eggplant) and he told me the name (nzonzo) and I asked him how to eat it and he said go ahead and take a bite! Wow, I thought what a great exchange of fruit knowledge where we both have added a new type of nutritious food to our diets! Ngambo believes in what he is doing and has created a model agroforestry garden with fruit trees, vegetables, starchy roots, and other staples like corn – all intermixed and composted in one plot – which is what CEFA calls a tree garden. We are now using Ngambo as the expert example for the other co-ops as to not only how a tree garden is done, but also how one can truly put one's heart into it and succeed – for over ten years now!
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