Kara-Kata Africa Village Project – Mission, BC, Canada
In 2019, we purchased 5 acres of land outside Mission, BC, in the beautiful Fraser Valley. Our
vision for this land is the Kara-Kata Africa Village Project (KAVP). This will be a community
gathering space for the African-Canadian community and all people in BC and beyond. We will
be offering cultural events, workshops, educational events, community farming and farm
education; a space for culture share, cultural immersion, also with a focus on health and well
Returning to our roots of empowerment through farming and economic opportunity:
Along with an event, retreat and gathering place in nature, KAVP will be a place of uplifting and
farming reclamation and education for the African-Canadian community. “Making Africans the
next generation of farmers in Canada.” says our founder, Toyin Kayo-Ajayi. This will also be an
experimental space for African crops. Herbs, vegetables and natural medicines that are
traditional in our culture. Let’s see what we can grow here in our backyard rather than importing
everything. Train and become educated in traditional and western farming practices, creating
economic opportunities to benefit the community and the farming community at large in Canada.
Along with our community partners across Canada, and in conjunction with the government of
Canada’s Agridiversity Program, our vision of empowering our community through farming, self-
sustainability and upholding our traditions will become a reality at KAVP. Once the initial project
is in place, we plan to expand by obtaining more farmland in BC and across Canada.
We invite you to join us on this journey through volunteer time and financial contributions.
Connect with us if you want to learn more and participate.
In the coming months, we will be meeting with our community partners across Canada including
Elders, church leaders, business owners to create a plan for reaching out to those who this
project is for, to discuss accessing more farm land in their respective areas and to brainstorm
and project plan.
Over the Summer of 2021, our goat herd grew from 11 to 16 goats with 5 babies being born
between mid August to Mid September (3 females and 2 males). Our breeder male (Olomi), is
back on the job and we hope to be welcoming more additions to the herd in the Spring of 2022.
- We have begun our new barn project, we hope to have it completed by Fall 2022.
- Our 2021 growing season saw more Amaranth, water leaf and local crops. We are collecting
some of our own seeds as well.
- In the growing season of 2020, we had a good crop of Amaranth, water leaf, garden egg,
bitter leaf, traditional to Nigerian cuisine and natural medicines. Amaranth is also known to grow
very well in our climate.