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Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

The Bishop of  St Albans’ Harvest Appeal 2018

‘Give peas a chance’

Farming communities in rural southern Malawi have suffered severe hardship because of changing and unpredictable weather patterns.  However, by starting to grow the drought-resistant and commercially valuable crop, the remarkable Pigeon Pea, people’s lives are being transformed, bringing them new hope for the future.

Meet Frank Zulu.  In the past, Frank struggled to feed his family and when his son – 4 years old at the time -was seriously ill through malnutrition, he had to walk over four miles to the hospital carrying his young son in his arms.

Frank is among the first people in his community to be offered Pigeon Peas to grow.  Because of its robust root system, this Pea is resistant to drought and flash-floods, also it puts nitrogen into the soil and the leaves can be used as a rich mulch and excellent livestock feed.

Today, largely as a result of growing Pigeon Peas, there has been considerable change for Frank and his family, things we regard as basic essentials, such as food, healthcare and education for children are within reach – they have new hope.

This remarkable Pigeon Pea has potential to transform lives – in 2018, let’s –  ‘Give peas a chance

Your gifts to ‘Give peas a chance’

Churches and Schools should send the total of donations collected, including any Gift Aid reclaimed, either:

  • By cheque – made payable to St Albans DBF.  Please accompany the cheque with the Harvest Appeal Donation & Feedback Form and post these to:  The Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal, c/o Holywell Lodge,  41 Holywell Hill, St Albans  AL1 1HE
  • By BACS  –  if you wish to use this payment method, please email Harvest Appeal Donation to request the necessary bank details & reference for your payment
  • Individuals may also give on-line  –  please click on hands & beans image above for this option, our partner organisation, Christian Aid, will reclaim Gift Aid on these donations


The Launch of ‘Give peas a chance’ –  9th May 2018

Held at Church Farm Ardeley, primary school pupils were invited to share in an agricultural farming experience.   The event was hosted by The Ven. Paul Hughes, Archdeacon of Bedford, with special guest, Kate Ormerod from Christian Aid, who had returned from Malawi, where she had the opportunity to meet Frank Zulu and his family (poster image).

Read more about the event here – Launch of ‘Give peas a chance’  –  and see photos below:

Waving harvested salad leaves
Guests arriving 1
Guests arriving 2
Archdeacon Paul - hosting launch
Christian Aid Rep - interview
Event Room at Ardeley Farm
Around the farm
Trailer host
On the trailer 1
On the trailer 2 - Archd Paul
On the trailer 3
Off to pick salad
Harvested salad leaves
Farm's animals
Planting peas 1
Planting peas 2
Planting peas 3
Planting peas 4
Guests at the Farm
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