ASPIRA Inc. de Puerto Rico
El Pitirre Agri - Educational Project # 47030
March 31 2021
The El Pitirre Agri-Educational Project represents a challenge for ASPIRA.
During Pandemic times an Agronomist, two farm employees and other ASPIRA staff has supported the efforts to keep students involved in farming skills.
Equipped with Lap- tops or tablets 16 students from ASPIRA of Mayaguez Alternative School have participated of fourteen conferences and workshops on planting, fertilizing and keeping plants healthy and clean. The agronomist transmitted them his enthusiasm and knowledge and love for land and environment.
From February to March 2021 a new group of students has participated of agricultural skills workshops. In accomplishment of social distancing regulations, students have not been able to visit the farm. They take distance learning workshops.
The agronomist and farm employee have planted with 186 dragon fruit plants, which are producing marketable fruits and second- generation plants.
There are 300 lemon trees planted in an estimate of two acres. It is expected to start production in next year.
There is .75 acre of Dominican Yautia which is claimed by consumers for its nutritional value and deliciousness.
There are 18 tables under four green houses, planted with cilantro (recao) condiment leaves that is sold to local markets.
The goal is to increase planting and production based on demand and cost effectiveness of such products.
The irrigation system is in its final stage. Solar cells provide energy to activate the pump who takes water to a reserve.
Laboratory test for quality of water is quoted and approved. In few days it will be summitted and the Natural Resources Department can authorize use and determine amount of water to be extracted.
The Executive Director, Finance Director and board members oversee the project by a presential visit to the farm and by reports by Agronomist.