At 23 years of age, Munyaradzi (Munya) Shamuyarira of Harare, Zimbabwe, approached his parents — who are my parents’ neighbors — and asked if he could turn their subsistence backyard garden into an urban farm by improving the quality of the soil and building a greenhouse.
Initially, his parents were skeptical, but allowed their son to develop their acre of land. Now, two years later, Munya boasts a flourishing production. I caught up with the self-proclaimed “born farmer” on a recent visit to my parents’ house. As we toured his urban farm, Munya gave me insight into his operation, nutrition in Zimbabwe and the challenges he faces as a young person pu….