Jan 15, 2019

4th Report for Myanmar Youth Training

Site of the first welcome lodge at the farm
Site of the first welcome lodge at the farm

4thReport for Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre

 Dear Friends and Family, 

The cold season has arrived here in Kalaw and even colder out at the new training centre in Sha Bin village 1,500 metres!! We made it through our first rainy season and now trying to keep stay warm as we wait for the hot season over the next few months. 

As some of you may know, our main project in Kalaw, Sprouting Seeds Café, Bakery and Eco Shop Training Center has to move to a new location. The building which housed the project and also our family has sold and we have been given 2 months to move out. This is our biggest priority at the moment as it is directly linked to the farm and all of our work with Whispering Earth. 

Although we are focusing our energy for the next month and half on the move of the café and home, we are still very excited about the progress we are making out at the farm. 

We are working with local villagers and have the 4-5 months of dry season to really work on parts of the project while the weather is nice. 

Vehicle for projects
We have spent the last week with one of our Board of Directors making lots of for all of the projects for the upcoming year. We are so excited for all the plans we have ahead of us. We have identified the importance of having a vehicle that we can use for all of the projects. It is crucial at this stage to have a vehicle in order to safely get ourselves, materials and volunteers from town out to the farm and for uses with the other projects. 

Adobe Brick Making
Within the next week we will organize a team of local villagers and start our workshop on adobe brick making. We have arranged a large truck of rice husk and rice straw for the bricks and to start the first building. This will be a unique opportunity for the first time for villagers in our this area to learn how to make adobe bricks. 

Green House and Shading for trees
As you all may know, we have planted many trees over the last few months of rainy season. Now with the cold weather and dry season ahead of us, we are focusing our energy on protecting the trees with natural mulch and shade cloth. We are also starting a small greenhouse space to prepare seedlings and young trees and veggies to get them ready for planting in this coming rainy season. 

Road Repairs
Because the road going into the farm is new and we had some erosion in the rainy season, we are starting road repairs over the next week. We will have several workers maintaining parts of the road and some trucks of gravel will be dropped to make it easier for travel in during the heavy rainy season. 

Water System
We are ready to set up the first large water catchment tank on the farm. Once this is in place we can begin to set up smaller tanks to use gravity to drain down in order to water all the young trees and allow us to be able to make the adobe bricks.  We are very excited to have a basic water system set up soon on the farm! 

We are excited to share more photos with you as we make progress on the farm over the next few weeks!!! 

Thank you for all of your support!!!! 

Whispering Earth Team 

Bamboo welcome entrance to be built this month
Bamboo welcome entrance to be built this month
Road in need of repair after first rainy season
Road in need of repair after first rainy season
The only way to get materials out to the farm
The only way to get materials out to the farm
Ohhh....the muddy, muddy roads!
Ohhh....the muddy, muddy roads!

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Jan 2, 2019

16th Report for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre

Some of our new products the girls made
Some of our new products the girls made

Dear friends and Family, 

We wish you all a happy holiday season and many best wishes as we enter into the New Year!!!

The winter season has arrived and along with the cold weather come more and more tourists which greatly helps support our project. 

We have been busy with many projects over the last few months.

Yoga Trauma Healing Training
In November we co-hosted a yoga training for girls from all over the country. Our aim was to support them to learn about yoga and trauma healing and to begin training this group of young girls to soon become yoga instructors!! It was a very successful training and were able to bring girls from all over the country to attend. 

Four of the girls were from Kachin State and working in the IDP camps, (Internally Displaced People) Camps and will go back to start yoga program for those who are living in the camps. We are looking forward to another training to support these girls in the near future. 

The rest of our Kalaw Yoga program is growing each day and supporting more and more people to learn about yoga. 

New Products for the New Year
We were able to launch a series of products just in time for the holiday. Our natural handmade soaps were a huge hit as were the natural lip balms and healing salves. We also started a line of organic green tea and will expand this once we have a training this month to build a solar food dryer. We will introduce a line of naturally dried fruits and fruity and flowering teas. 

Upcoming Trainings
As we mentioned we will be building a unique solar food drying this month. We are very excited as we will be able to introduce many new products and teach local villagers another way of preserving foods. 

We will also be building a small mushroom house to teach local communities how to grow 2-3 types of mushrooms. This will help us introduce new products on to our menu also from things we are growing ourselves!

We are looking forward to sharing more news from our progress during the beginning of this new year!!! 

Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!! 

Sprouting Seeds Family

The girls from Yoga and Trauma Healing workshop
The girls from Yoga and Trauma Healing workshop
New smoothie bowls on the menu!
New smoothie bowls on the menu!
Our new organic teas!!
Our new organic teas!!
Lip balms, healing salves and another amazing cake
Lip balms, healing salves and another amazing cake
A family trip to the incredible viewpoint in Kalaw
A family trip to the incredible viewpoint in Kalaw
Oct 11, 2018

3rd Report Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training

Water buffalo are the main neighbors at our farm
Water buffalo are the main neighbors at our farm

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 Tanks
With 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 & Planting
We 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 Buildings
We 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.  

Volunteers
We 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!

Warmly, 

Whispering Earth Team

Some of the views into local forests from land
Some of the views into local forests from land
We have already started planting natural fencing
We have already started planting natural fencing
The road coming into farm from main village area
The road coming into farm from main village area
Open fields already planted with fruit trees
Open fields already planted with fruit trees
One of the special bodhi tree nooks on the land
One of the special bodhi tree nooks on the land
 
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