Dear Friends and Family,
We are happy to share our latest news with you from the new Whispering Earth Centre! We have almost made it through the first rainy season out on the land. However, we still need to finish paying off the land as soon as we can.
Road Repairs and Surki Water TanksWith a very limited budget we have been able to start the Surki water tanks as tests for the upcoming dry season. The access road that was completed into the farm has held up for us through the muddy rains, but we desperately need some minor repairs on the road to make it more safe for us to travel in and out of the farm onto the main dirt track going to and from the village. With almost a month still left of heavy rains we need to the minor repairs as soon as possible.
Continued Intensive Permaculture Design & PlantingWe have continued working on the Permaculture design and planning for the entire property. We have already planted several hundred trees on the land including the following exciting varieties; macadamia, avocado, mango, several species of banana, two variety of grapes, ornamental and decorative trees, edible wild flowers, mulberry, lemon, orange, plums, pears, blackberries and several kinds of hard woods for long term sustainability and much, much more!!!
Preparations for First Adobe BuildingsWe have continued to work on the basic design for the first buildings which we hope to start sometime after the rains stop in November. As we have already mentioned, we have completed the first bamboo house which has given us a space to seek shelter from the driving rains the past few months.
Once the rains stop we will start on the adobe brick making workshops to begin teaching the local villagers the new techniques and which will be used on the first building. Our priorities for the next few months are to start to make bricks and begin the building of the main lodge or welcome centre and to start on the kitchen and dining hall.
VolunteersWe are also ready to start taking volunteers to come and stay with us at the new farm! Please let us know if you are interested in coming out to Myanmar and joining is this incredible new project!
As always we thank you for your ongoing support and are excited to share the next news with you!
Whispering Earth Team
15thReport for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre
Dear friends and Family,
The monsoon season is slowly wrapping and we have roughly another month before our very busy high season begins. In preparation, we have been working extra hard here at the café!
Yoga Studio Up and Running!!We are so excited about the new yoga studio here above Sprouting Seeds Café, Bakery and Eco Shop!
We are now offering several types of yoga classes both to the local community here in Kalaw and also to foreigners passing through the café. We have had a wonderful response to the classes. We are also working to host a training for local ethnic girls from all over the country to learn about yoga and healing. Natural ProductsWe continue to work on our natural products and plan to have our bar soaps, bar shampoo, shampoo, lip balms, healing salves and much more out on the shelves in November!
Knitting and Crochet WorkshopWe had a friend stop in and share some new skills and techniques for knitting and crochet. It was a great fun day for all the girls!!!
Beautiful Purple Butterfly Peas!We have been growing our very own purple butterfly peas here at the café. We are using them in our unique special flower tea mix, our body soaps, our shampoos and we will start some fun purple rice dishes!!!!!
We are very grateful for all of your support and assistance in making our project a huge success!!!
Thank you for all your support!Sprouting Seeds Team
2nd Report for Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre (Whispering Earth Sustainability Training Centre)
We are happy to share some very exciting news with you once again about our new Whispering Earth Sustainability Training Centre! We have been able to put a small deposit down on the land for the new training centre located just 12 km outside of Kalaw which has allowed us to begin designing and planting the property. We need to raise the rest of the funds as soon as possible to pay off all of the farm. In the meantime, we have already started the development of the property!
Access Road into farm completeAlready an access road has been built going into the farm and we have started digging our first water source to help us through the dry season. The monsoon season has started and its time for planting! So we are back and forth to the farm every day bringing trees and getting beds ready for sowing.
Surkhi Rain Water Catchment TankAlbert has started our first rainwater catchment system using a new earthen building technique from India called Surkhi. So far we are very pleased with the outcome, which will allow us to teach the local villagers how to build their own rainwater harvesting tanks using mud, straw and rice husk, with a lime and brick dust water proof plaster. This technique will also be able to be used on the buildings in the near future! The outcome of the tank so far has been spectacular!
Our first bamboo houseWith the help of the local Danu villagers, we have built our first small bamboo shelter which allows us a place to take shelter from the driving rains which have already begun and a place to sleep at night when we have long working and planting days.
Sustainable Design and Planting trees and cropsPermaculture design of the entire property has already started and we have marked out the spaces for the first buildings which will be started after the rains in November, including the training hall, kitchen and welcome lodge.
Over the next weeks we will continue planting and doing intensive design work on the land. So far we have planted several species of mulberry, avocadoes, Asian pears, plums, lots jasmine, gardenias and frangipani, cover crops of beans, corn, lentils, some pumpkins, squash, beets and a variety of forest trees. We are now getting ready to plant 6 different species of bananas, more fruit trees and continuing the natural edible fencing around the land to stop the water buffalo from eating all of our hard work!
We look forward to sharing more news over the next months!!!!
Whispering Earth Team!