Nov 18, 2019

7th Report for Myanmar Youth Training Centre

Bringing our group of new teacher interns to farm
Bringing our group of new teacher interns to farm

Dear friends and family,

We are happy to say that we have made it through another soggy monsoon season here in Shan State!!!! The sun is out now as we make our way into cold season which means more tourist will be coming to Kalaw!   

This means time once again to focus on developing the land and new buildings!!! So excited to share our news with you!

We found the 4x4 truck
We are so thankful for the amazing support from all of you and were able to purchase this amazing 4x4 truck!! We now have made several journeys out to the farm in the new vehicle. This will make a world of difference at we had into the busy building season. We are so thankful!

Road Work Completed
We just finished another round of road work at the farm. With a tractor and then several trucks loads of light gravel, the road is now improved 100 percent and ready for regular use into the farm! It has taken a while 

New Full Time Staff
This month we were able to hire our first full time staff at the farm! We are so excited. This is the uncle we were fortunate enough to have purchased the farm from, so he knows the land so well and supports us with a great connection to the village. We will work with Uncle over the next few months of dry season to really help make more progress at the farm. Welcome to our team!!!! 

New Water Source
Thanks to Uncle,  we have also been able to locate another water source from which we will be pumping our water for use at the project through this dry season. Water is a huge issue in this area….and will continue to be an ongoing issue here at the farm. However, with this water source and building more holding tanks this coming dry season to store up on rain water, things should get a little bit easier. 

Prep for APA High School Group
Finally, we are happy to say that we will have a group of 90 high school students from Yangon coming to work with us at the farm and at Sprouting Seeds in town in December. We are working hard this month to prepare everything so that the kids will be able to camp out at the farm for 3 days while they are here. It will be our frist group at the farm…so much to do, but we are so excited. 

Once again we want to thank everyone for all the incredible support you show us. With many plans for development of the farm over the next few months, we are looking forward to having more and more visitors in the near future.

We look forward to sharing more news with you of our progress over the next few months. 

We thank you for all of your support!!!

Whispering Earth Team

The tractor again making repairs after rainy seaso
The tractor again making repairs after rainy seaso
First load of gravel to help protect the road
First load of gravel to help protect the road
Our first full time staff member at the farm!!
Our first full time staff member at the farm!!
The new water source for the farm
The new water source for the farm
A birds eye view of the farm & surrounding area
A birds eye view of the farm & surrounding area
Nov 1, 2019

19th Report for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre

Sewing training for local youth
Sewing training for local youth

Dear Friends and Family!

We are happy to say that we have made it through another soggy monsoon season here in Shan State!!!! The sun is out now as we make our way into cold season which means more tourist will be coming to Kalaw!   

New Internships
As we prepare for the upcoming high season have opened several new positions for young girls to come in for internships with us. We are fixing up one of spaces here at the new café for the girls to have a place to sleep. It is a time of big changes, as all the girls we have previously trained are now moving on to other jobs and work. We are excited with the new group and they are ready to learn all they can!!!

Sewing Training with village
We offered a sewing training to a small group of girls from one of the villages outside Kalaw. They learned several new techniques for sewing and all have left know how to sew small bags which we will sell here at the café. 

Sustainable Urban Kitchen Garden (Permaculture Workshop)
With support from our dear friend Cheryl, we offered our first Permaculture workshop last month. The workshop, Sustainable Urban Kitchen Gardens was a huge success. We brought in local organic farmers from the area, local farmers and many participants were from local hotels and restaurants in Kalaw looking to start composting and small scale organic gardens. 

The workshop was a huge success, so we have decided next rainy season to offer a series of workshops on Permaculture, Sustainability and Organic Gardening. We are starting the planning for these workshops now. 

Organic Gardens Continue
Our organic gardens here at the café continue to grow. We are focusing on different varieties of lettuces, edible flowers, specialty herbs and kale. These will be able to be supplemented and accentuate some of our dishes at the café and can be used in our organic tea and soap making. 

Cooking Classes, Trekking and Mountain Biking
With the weather clearing and more guests coming to Kalaw, we continue our cooking classes, as well as offering trekking services and our mountain bikes. There is much room for these areas to grow in the café and we are looking forward to some of the new interns to step into leadership roles in some of these areas. 

We are busy here for the next months and looking forward to sharing more news with you over the next months!

Warmly, 

Sprouting Seeds Family

Sustainable Urban Kitchen Garden Workshop
Sustainable Urban Kitchen Garden Workshop
Traditional Myanmar Cooking Classes at Cafe
Traditional Myanmar Cooking Classes at Cafe
Advanced sewing training for trainers
Advanced sewing training for trainers
Our amazing organic red russianpurple kale
Our amazing organic red russianpurple kale
Training of trainers from Rakhine and Shan State
Training of trainers from Rakhine and Shan State
Aug 5, 2019

6th Report for Myanmar Youth Training Centre

Getting trees to take back for planting at farm
Getting trees to take back for planting at farm

Dear Friends and Family, 

With the onset of another long monsoon season here on the Shan Plateau we focus on our design work and strategic planning for the our new training centre in Sha Bin village 12 km from Kalaw. 

Kokopelli Seed Saving Video about Whispering Earth
A while back we had the pleasure of meeting Alexia who brought with her to Myanmar an enormous bag of life….seeds, seeds, seeds!!!! She donated the seeds to us on behalf of Kokopelli, a seed saving organization based in France who had put together a variety seeds to be shared here in Myanmar. Along with this wonderful gift, Alexia also made a wonderful video to raise awareness about Whispering Earth and the work we are doing.  We are working on planting the seeds and sharing the seeds with other groups. Please see the link below for the video!

Massive Tree Planting
Over the last month, with a long list of trees we wanted for planting at the centre,  we traveled to several government nurseries between Kalaw and Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State.  Between the nurseries, friends and collecting cuttings from local trees around Kalaw we just completed a massive tree planting of over 600 trees!!! It has been challenging work, especially with travel in and out of the farm on bad roads in wet and muddy conditions, but we are so happy with the outcome. An enormous variety of fruit trees, medicinal trees, flowering trees, hard wood trees and more. 

Design Work for Farm and Buildings
We continue the design work of the land using Permaculture principles and mapping out specific areas of the farm.  We have been slowing watching the land and adjusting our design work as the seasons change on the land over the last year. We are also continuing design work on the buildings which we hope to start in November of this year. Design work will also include our first rocket mass heater which we very excited about building and will share more once the building work begins. 

Search for 4x4 Vehicle
As some of you may know, the distance to the farm is only about 12km, but due to bad conditions of roads, it can take us 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach the farm.  We have been using motorbikes to haul everything out to the farm and are in desperate need of a vehicle to help us safely transport ourselves and materials.  As we get further into the design and building of the centre we will need a 4x4 truck.  Luckily we have found a rugged Toyota 4x4 pick up truck and are aiming to raise funds to purchase the vehicle.  This will make it possible to start the building work once the rains stop in November. 

We are thankful for all the support we have received and looking forward to sharing more updates in the next report.

Warmly, 

Whispering Earth Team

Taking a break-beautiful day from tree planting
Taking a break-beautiful day from tree planting
Trees headed out to farm for planting
Trees headed out to farm for planting
First water catchment container preparations
First water catchment container preparations
The 4x4 truck we are trying to raise funds to buy
The 4x4 truck we are trying to raise funds to buy

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