Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!

by Hand to Hand Foundation
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Garden to Market- Helping the poor to grow food!
Growing super huge papayas!
Growing super huge papayas!

Our 'Garden to Market'  was initially set up to train, educate, grow food and feed the poor. The reality of this project however is far exceeding anything we dreamed of! Through education and training unemployed people to grow food and herbs, we have seen communities build and deepen relationships, regain hope for the future, and feed the poor.  Those who are trained are given free access to every resource they need and once they have a harvest, the foundation buys it from them, creating an income for up to 8 families. The foundation is also blessed as they know the food is grown without chemicals and it is very fresh!

We have become experts at using recyclable plastic containers to use as pots to raise seedlings from cuttings and seeds. We have over 100 of these which are almost ready to be used in the next phase of the project. This phase focuses upon setting up vegetable and herb gardens in local slum areas. Those who have already been trained will no go to train others in the slum areas. The foundation will provide 2000 litre water tanks, soil, tools and seedlings, etc to help get the gardens set up. Those who care for the gardens can either eat the product or sell it. Leaders in the community are appointed to oversee the daily care and fair distribution.

We have also begun growing herbs such as ginger and Andrographis paniculata and making them into tea and drinks to heal the body. Andrographis paniculata is traditionally used to treat an array of diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, ulcers, bronchitis, skin diseases, influenza and lots more. 

We have been able to grow all of the ingredients needed to make som tam which is a very delicious and spicy Thai salad. We have grown the chili's, limes, papaya and tomatoes in our very own garden and then trained unemployed people to make the delicious salad.

Everything we do is not about giving hand out but a hand up. Building hope, and developing skills.

We grew the ingredients to make som tam salad.
We grew the ingredients to make som tam salad.
Training an unemployed lady to cook
Training an unemployed lady to cook
Andrographis paniculat
Andrographis paniculat
Growing fresh ginger
Growing fresh ginger
Drinks made with our herbs to promote health
Drinks made with our herbs to promote health
Raising seedlings in recycled milk containers
Raising seedlings in recycled milk containers
A colour coding system helps identify plants.
A colour coding system helps identify plants.
Making the most of every space.
Making the most of every space.
Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Preparing vegetables for cooking.
Preparing vegetables for cooking.
Giving away produce for free.
Giving away produce for free.

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Clearing more land so we can plant more vegetables
Clearing more land so we can plant more vegetables

The 'Garden to Market' project feels like it has gone from 0 to 100 in a very short time! We began with a small group of unemployed people, some land, a little bit of knowledge but a ton of passion and enthusiasm.

The first step we needed to take was to get some training which was given through the 'Meechai Foundation'. This is a Thai charity that has been doing this type of project on a grand scale for over 30 years. Our team went away and learned how to grow plants that would do well in our environment and also how to set up a cost-effective compost system. This compost is done using 2 plastic buckets and a colander. The composted material seeps directly into the soil underground fertilizing the plants without having to lay it on top.

The children and youth living next to our plots have also excitedly joined our program and they love learning all about the growing of produce and cooking it too. 

Covid 19 has shut down Pattaya and there are many desperate people needing food. In addition to the rice that we usually give each week, we can now give fresh vegetables too. Soon our bananas and papaya will be ready.

It is not possible for the growers to take the produce to the market due to the covid 19 restrictions. So the Hand to hand Foundation is purchasing the produce from them to give to the poor with their rice. In this way, we can both feed the poor and provide an income for the growers.

Our next step is to build a chicken coop so that we can gather eggs to add to our food supply.

Thank you for all of your generous donations in providing food, employment and hope to the people. The project is succeeding far beyond what we could have imagined at this early stage. 

Building trusses so the vines can climb up.
Building trusses so the vines can climb up.
Sifting the dirt to remove hard stones.
Sifting the dirt to remove hard stones.
Installing the simple compost.
Installing the simple compost.
Watering the gardens with our underground water.
Watering the gardens with our underground water.
Young children learning the simple steps.
Young children learning the simple steps.
Raising young papaya (paw paw) plants
Raising young papaya (paw paw) plants
Some of the food prepared for cooking
Some of the food prepared for cooking
Growers cooking the food and earning an income.
Growers cooking the food and earning an income.
Receiving food.
Receiving food.
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Hand to Hand Foundation

Location: Pattaya - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Margaret Grainger
Pattaya, Chonburi Thailand
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