We handed out relief supplies and some saplings with the donations received to date (and thank you so much for yours!) but are now redesigning the project for the longer term. Permaculture magic circles to cluster banana trees with sweet potatoes and pawpaws will offer a more immediate source of food and income as well, more efficient use of the land, and more protection against future storms. But before starting the new program, we will hold a village workshop to explain the magic circle concept and listen to the farmers' needs and concerns, and then let each farmer choose whether to try the new approach or replant following the traditional model. This will not only insure that they are committed to whichever method they choose, but will allow us to conduct an evaluation at the end of the year to measure and compare the results.
We'll keep you posted with our progress. Thanks again for your support!
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