Dear All Friends,
Warm greetings from Leyte and thank you very much for your continuing generous support for our initiative to provide food supply via vegetable gardens here in Leyte. This project is indeed creating continuous positive impact as local gardeners are able to produce their own food and retain some mature plants for the seeds to be used for continuous planting. We train them to focus on the use of open pollinated vegetables rather than hybrids since open pollinated grow well. This time we are able to distribute a total of 1,750 seed packets to 440 families living in 3 barrios in Ormoc City and Albuera Municipality. Best of all we are able to engage farmer-cooperators to produce vegetable seeds by not harvesting the young plants and letting it mature until they bear seeds. We now have 7 farmer cooperators producing legume, okra, beans and squash seeds.
Again thank you very much for your kind help.
Very sincerely yours,
Warm greetings from Leyte. Our effort to provide food security support via vegetable gardening to poor farmers in Leyte is given a big boost by our purchase of a 1-hectare learning site in Albuera Municipality. We found out when we conduct our garden initiative here is that there is a massive lack of simple backyard garden techniques and that our approach to conduct irregular trainings is slow and not so effective. Our approach will be called “enrichment of food-life” that will encompass more than just producing food to alleviate hunger but emphasize the value of producing and sharing healthy food in a manner sustainable to the environment and to the community, through the cooperative efforts of the community. Our approach will stress the importance of making the best use of locally available resources and it leads toward the development of vibrant self-reliant rural communities.
Right now, we are producing our own source of vegetable seeds from the learning farm and we are in the process of establishing a modest sleeping quarters and a simple bamboo training venue for upcoming trainees. Aside from the vegetables we will also develop modules for native chickens and native pigs, plant permanent crops and harvest rain-water for the plants. The learning site will be sustained from revenues coming from the sales of farm products and fees of trainees.
Hoping that we are successful in this and thank you very much for your continuing support.
Very sincerely yours,
Greetings from Leyte and a very Merry Christmas to all. May I report that Typhoon Hagupit also called Ruby did extensive damage to the vegetable gardens of Typhoon Haiyan survivors the first week of this month. the good thing is that backyard vegetable gardens is easy to raise and do and we have a surplus of vegetable seeds from our vegetable seed production areas located in Mahayahay, Ormoc City and Talisayan, Albuera, Leyte. Immediately after the typhoon struck we were able to distribute a total of 3,400 seed packets and 350 sacks of organic fertilizer. We are making our own organic fertilizer coming from animal manure and organic material in the nearby farms. In 2-3 weeks time, some of the the vegetables will mature already bringing food to the table of local residents.
Hoping for your continuing support to this very important initiative. We are mobilizing local survivors as barefoot garden technicians training their neighbors and the approach works because they are known to the community and can integrate well.
Again thank you very much.
Warm greetings from Leyte. Once again let me express my gratitude for your continuing support to our food security via vegetable gardening and root crop production project. This program is indeed exemplary given that food is grown and harvested by the survivors in a daily basis. One can see our beneficiaries going to their gardens daily in order to select and harvest vegetables for their table. The gardens is becoming a natural food refrigerator for them, and the best thing is that it is organic and they are sure that it is not laced with harmful insecticides like the commercially-grown vegetables.
Now we are engaging the youths in the gardening activity so that they make use of their free time to productive purposes and so that they are not enticed to go to the city where they might be prey to criminal syndicates preying on young survivors.
Again thank you very much and hoping for your advocacy to our project. Our link is,
Greetings from Leyte. Harvesting hope, this is our badge and slogan here in Leyte as we continue providing food security support to Typhoon Haiyan survivors via vegetable gardening and root crop production. We have succeeded in growing our own vegetable seeds from the commercial seeds we bought and thus we are becoming slowly independent from commercial seed companies. Few weeks back, our work is featured in the The Daily Bruin and the link is,
Last Saturday two of GlobalGiving senior officers, Britt Lake and Alison Carlman came here to visit our project sites. From Tacloban City, we toured them to the beneficiaries' gardens in a temporary shelter in Palo, Leyte then after, they motored to Ormoc City and visited one more temporary shelter in Concepcion where they assisted in distributing garden materials. Then they went to a mountain barangay, Mahayahay where we are implementing safe sanitation activities after which they went to meet our officers and staff in Albuera, Leyte and also see our various livelihood showcases there.
All in all, our work here is gaining ground, as we look forward to the first year anniversary of the mega-typhoon come November 8.
Hoping for your continuing support as we expand our initiatives.
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Cagayan de Oro,
Cagayan de Oro,