Tree Seed collection intensified
Even though little has been written about the Agricultural Training Centre, Green Care Association (GCA) has continued to function with one of the activities of tree seed collection for the seed bank. This remains an all season activity but it is always difficult to know when seeds are mature for collection. Much exphasis is on Trees species that are near extinct or critically endangered. This exercise has credited GCA as the lead organization around the region with a seed bank and now institutions and individuals visit GCA at any time of the year to get seeds for their private nurseries. The species collected are mostly fruit and trees with medicinal or economic value. It is for these reasons that some community forest and water management schemes keep visiting GCA for seeds and in some cases seek assistance on tree nursery and out planting. Recently one of the staff of Caritas Kumbo Diocese, Mrs. Lucy commented ‘…GCA has made us so comfortable in the domain of tree seeds by providing each time over the years all that we want at the right time…’ As an institution we are also very thankful to Global Giving donors who assisted us to construct the office and obviously space for the seed bank. While making efforts to complete other components of the structure like toilet and verandas we remain very grateful to Global Giving.Thank you so much.
The community mushroom centre is now a reality given that Green Care (GC) is able to cultivate and experiment mushroom in the centre. More and more community dwellers are becoming interested in mushroom and its by products, as they can now buy fresh mushroom, Mushroom juice, ask related questions and above all part take in trainings organized at the Centre. One of the beneficiaries ‘ Miss Violet happily declared ‘ Thanks to GC resource centre, I now know so much about mushroom, especially concerning medicinal properties” . While still fund raising to complete the Verandas and part of the ceiling, GC is very grateful to Global Giving donors for the wonderful support she has been receiving. We are proud of Global Giving and hereby wish to once more extend our appreciation.
During the last few months Green Care Association ( GCA) has been working very hard with construction work at the Mushroom Centre. For this reason two of the bigs floors were cemented. This means that two third ( 2/3) of the floors has been cemented. As soon as we are able to have more funds we shall embark on completing the remaining floor, complete the plastering of walls and ceiling.
However we are already cultivating mushroom in one of the rooms while making efforts to complete the works. Also GCA will be offering some trainings on mushroom cultivation in the month of July 2016 to some groups and interested individuals. This is because of the fact that the work so far done is very encouraging. Reason why one of GCA local volunteer Mr Ndzegha said “ I like this mushroom house, especially the design from inside. I want to imagine that upon completion GCA will become one of the biggest mushroom farmers in the region and even beyond.”
GCA is particularly grateful to all Global Giving donors for their outstanding contribution which is helping a great deal to improve our rural communities.