Celebrating Women’s Day! Is she the oldest gardener in The Gambia?

Celebrating Women’s Day! Is she the oldest gardener in The Gambia?

She is more than 80 years old, but Na Fatoumatta Ceesay is still growing vegetables.

The famous Jarumeh Koto grandmother could be the oldest gardener in the country. She took up gardening more than six decades ago and cites pottering around her plants as the key to her long life.

Journalist Edrisa Njie, who was recently lucky to meet Na Fatoumatta, described her as a very hardworking woman.

“She depends entirely on her five beds in the village garden to make ends meets. Na Fatoumatta is a hard working elderly woman who only wants to survive through her own labour,” said Edrisa.

Although planting and maintaining vegetables is not an easy task, Na Fatoumatta loves her job.

“She works in the garden from morning to evening watering her beds, applying manure and preparing her beds.”

Na Fatoumatta would like to appeal to the government, agricultural organisations and individuals to help them with a borehole in their village garden.

 

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