Category Archives: Filming

Man Made Milking Machine!

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While filming on a farm in Limuru, Kenya for another episode of the new series, we came across one of the fastest milkers we had ever seen on our travels! The farmer, who owned over 30 cows and a massive 17,000 chickens, was clearly used to getting a lot of work done in a short amount of time.

Check his skills out in the video below and tell us if you think you could do better!


Shamba Shape Up visits Homa Bay, Kisii & Vihiga for final filming

Shamba Shape Up has been touring Kenya to film the final episodes of the new series, which starts on the 14th March 2015.

The show, which was meant to have been filmed a week ago, had to be put on hold due to a worries about regional election violence in Homa Bay. However, when the troubles never occurred the filming was back on track with the crew heading up last week.

Despite a cholera outbreak close to one of the farms, filming went ahead with some great shots of the shamba being made. One of the shamba’s found (in Kisii) was owned and farmed by a young man, who had recently returned from Nairobi after finishing his degree. Shamba Shape Up loves to see young farmers doing well, and we are always here to provide extra information for them to do better!

Below are some photos of filming, which show the shamba in Kisii we visited.

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Scouting in Homa Bay and Vihiga County

Before Shamba Shape Up can start to film an episode for our new Series 5, which is starting in March, we must first go ‘scouting’ in the area we are hoping to film in. ‘Scouting’ is when we go to an area to look for a shamba (Swahili for ‘farm’) that fits the requirements for the episode.

‘Scouting’ can be both interesting, and frustrating. Before we leave from Nairobi, the Shamba Shape Up team and our sponsors for the episode discuss what we are hoping to film in the area. This could include larger theme topics, such as chickens, cows or soil, but also localised themes, such as Newcastle Disease (for chickens), how to build a zero grazing house (for cows) and which fertilisers to use (on your soil). Once we have these topics, we must find a shamba where we can find and film these topics. Often, 3 out of the 4 topics will be found on a shamba, yet without the final one, we cannot film here. These can cause for disappointment in farmers who are excited at the prospect of having their shamba shaped up!

In Homa Bay last week, we looked around several shambas before picking a young, orphaned farmer who is interested in increasing income via farming.

In Vihiga County, we went to check on a farmer from a previous series, who we visited last year. His shamba had become a hub for farmers looking for information and advice on farming, after coming a local Shamba Shape Up celebrity in the area. It is always great to see a farmer learn and take the advice and help we give them, and also use it to help their neighbours to do better also. The farmer had successfully sent his 5 children to school, and was interested in increasing his chicken flock after learning that chicken prices had soared during the Christmas time to over 2000ksh ($20) per bird!

Watch the episode where we visit the farmer in series 4:

We often visit farmers such as this in our re-visit episodes during the series, and they have some of most popular episode. Many of our viewers enjoy seeing how a small amount of change, money, research and hard work can produce huge results.

Watch one of our re-visit episodes from the last series:

Young Farmers Get Involved!

Whilst filming in Tanzania for the new series, we met up with some new fans who were a little younger than our usual friends!


The kids were keen to learn more about the show, and where especially interested to meet our stars Tonny and Naomi!

By the end of the day, we had all the kids settled down reading the Shamba Shape Up leaflets (even the ones which couldn’t read!) while we wrapped up another successful day filming.



To get your own leaflet (or one for your children!) don’t forget to SMS your name & address to 30606 (East Africa only) and we will post them to you for free. If you live outside East Africa but still are keen to learn more, all our leaflets are online at – under ‘Resources’.