Trees Water & People

Trees, Water & People is committed to improving people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. We believe that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management.
Sep 3, 2013

Solar Water Pumps, Veggies, and a Canning Class!

A Bountiful Harvest

It has been a busy summer at the Solar Warrior Farm! With the help of some great volunteers, we made a lot of improvements to our hoop houses in March which made it possible to start thousands of seeds early, giving us a headstart on the growing season. A wide variety of fruits and vegetable seeds were planted - and are now flourishing - including potatoe, cucumber, squash, tomatoes, corn, melons, blackberries, strawberries, hot peppers, bell peppers, and artichokes.

Teague, one of our amazing interns and the Garden Coordinator at Solar Warrior Farm, lives at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and helps to take care of the expansive garden. He recently sent this exciting update:

"Tonight I'll be passing out close to 100 lbs of fresh veggies with Henry. Most of the recipients are local Lakota artists who gather every Wednesday to sell their wares. Last week I did the same with close to 60 lbs of cucumbers and squash. It's great to sit and talk with different community members about their stories and about their life. The garden has been exploding with cucumbers and squash. The tomatoes are just starting to give red fruits, and the corn is tall and strong. Some stalks are over 10 feet tall. The lettuce is about to be harvested and the onions will be ready soon. The drip irrigation is working wonderfully and there has been plenty of rain for extra growth, which is both a blessing and a curse for me as more rain equals more weeds, and there are already plenty of weeds!"

Trainings

With the help of our friends and partners at Solar Energy International (SEI) and Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), students installed a solar water pump at the Sustainable Agriculture and Solar Water Pump Workshop. Powered by a solar array, the pump pulls water from the nearby creek and feeds into a gravity drip-irrigation system to water our garden at Solar Warrior Farm. Now that is sustainable. The training also included an overview of drip irrigation systems and vermicomposting with John the Worm Man.

Teague also helped to facilitate a canning course, offered by the amazing Teresa Holbrook. This was a first for us and we were able to get a lot of food from the garden canned! Teague also met with two women from Colorado Aquaponics and visited a woman’s home garden to give her advice. The two women from Colorado Aquaponics also gave Teague great advice on improving our greenhouses, which he plans to work on in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your continued support of this very important project! We could not do any of this without your generosity. We look forward to sharing more updates with you as we harvest veggies, host more agricultural trainings, and bring quality food to the Lakota people of Pine Ridge.

   

Installing a solar water pump
Installing a solar water pump
Solar Water Pump Training
Solar Water Pump Training
Solar powers our water supply!
Solar powers our water supply!
Canning workshop
Canning workshop
Solar Warrior Farm - August 2013
Solar Warrior Farm - August 2013
Lydia Red Cloud loves to help work on the Farm!
Lydia Red Cloud loves to help work on the Farm!
Solar Warrior Farm
Solar Warrior Farm
Jun 12, 2013

Thank you! You have helped to fully fund our project!

Thank you!
Thank you!

Hello Friends,

You are awesome! With your help, the "1,500 Clean Cookstoves for Haitian Families" project has been funded. We are so grateful for your generosity. Your donations have helped thousands of people in Haiti reduce their monthly fuel costs, improve their health, and reduce environmental degradation.

In a country where 90% of the population is dependent on charcoal to cook every meal, a stove like the Zanmi Pye Bwa ("Friend of the Trees") is truly a life-changing technology. This amazing clean cookstove reduces fuel consumption by 40% every time it is used! Plus, it is built by Haitians using all local materials. You have helped us bring this stove to so many families in need and, at the same time, helped to create jobs and economic activity.

We hope you will stay connected to our work and continue to follow the progress of this program. You can connect with us in many ways:

Thank you again for making this project a success and helping to bring hope to our friends in Haiti.

Kind regards,

 Sebastian Africano 

May 31, 2013

Creating Livelihoods with Solar Energy!

Joe Yellow Hawk (right) with his new solar heater
Joe Yellow Hawk (right) with his new solar heater

Trees, Water & People just completed a successful Solar Air Heater Training with eight Native American students from Wyoming, South Dakota, and New Mexico. During the training, two solar heaters were installed at homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota Tribe. These installations gave trainees great hands-on experience with installing the heaters and also provided the families with a new source of clean, free heat from the sun!

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s Employment and Training Department sent four members to this training, and will now employ these individuals to install 25 systems for the elderly and disabled in their community. One Eastern Shoshone student explains that she wanted to attend the training because renewable energy will, “help the community and build my resume for future employment.” She is now employed by the tribe installing the solar air heater systems through the summer! 

Earlier in the year, Trees, Water & People began offering online applications for Native Americans to apply for a solar air heater outside of the Pine Ridge Reservation, where our main partner, Lakota Solar Enterprises, is based. Thanks to our robust training program, TWP now has a network of skilled installers on reservations around the country. Funds raised on GlobalGiving.org will support these donated heaters, providing heat to a family, but also providing a source of income to our former students. We have now received 9 applications, and we currently have funding for one solar air heater. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we have that heater installed. Thank you for your support! Your generosity is truly making a difference for Native American families in need.

Building solar heaters
Building solar heaters
Solar heater installation at the Yellow Hawk
Solar heater installation at the Yellow Hawk's

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