Making the Move from Australia to Kenya: Stuart Barden

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Most farmers would find selling the farm and moving a province over a significant undertaking. What about moving an entire continent away? Would you do it? That’s what Stuart Barden did. After visiting Kenya during his Nuffield Scholar tour in 2009 and being wowed by the beautiful black soil and diverse landscape, Barden packed up and decided to start farming in Kenya about a year and a half ago.

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Barden recently spoke at FarmTech in Edmonton, and that’s where Shaun Haney caught up with him. In this video, Barden describes the crop mix, the infrastructure (or lack thereof), the potential and the challenges of farming in Kenya. He also discusses the opportunity he sees in Western Canada and some of the misconceptions people have of Kenya.

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