The project Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil is running slowly but well and Mr. Helcione, owner of the first vegetable garden is now producing several different products for the local organic market. At least 1/3 of his revenue is already coming from his garden. His water tank is full and with not much use during the rainy season, but we are starting to grow fish in this reservoir. Most of the food for these fish will come from his vegetable garden. The project administration is very happy with the achievements already obtained with this first donated vegetable garden and we consider that this is the beginning of the first Oasis.
Looking for new places for Small Family Oasis project is not an easy task and two possible recipients recently inspected could not be assisted by SALVEASERRA/GlobalGiving Fund. As we can only support organic producers, Mr. Luis, a hard working man, could not be aided because his neighbor has a conventional production of non organic vegetables where chemicals products are used. Unfortunately these toxic products are carried away to his propriety by the wind and for this reason Mr. Luis could not be certified as an organic producer and we could not help him. A second example is Mrs. Margarida and a friend who are volunteer organizers and workers in a communal vegetable garden, in a very poor quarter of Valença. For the Oasis project this could be a wonderful opportunity to support this garden inside the city, already producing and with a big chance to involve local teenagers in the work for better food and some pocket money. This vegetable garden is very close to community houses and it could surely provide food and other products to many people in the neighborhood.
But, as the land was lent to these people, the first thing to do was to communicate with the owner, explain the new project and ask her permission to go on with it. We don’t exactly what happened but the landlord said no and we unhappily could not proceed with this new Small Family Oasis project. We were all very sad with the impossibility of placing this vegetable garden and helping the enormous effort of these people.
But the project goes on and this week, two schools in two other poor quarters of the town are having their vegetable gardens improved with the project help.
Thank you all for your support and donations that make all this possible. Roberto
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