Dear donors and project friends,
Project “Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil” continues its activities, and since last update report, this project made possible many things to happen here in our communities. We continue to search for possible recipients for new vegetable gardens donations, but this is not an easy task. Our first recipient continues his work and sells his production of different vegetables every Sunday at the local market. Mr. Helcione works as a mason most of his time but I am sure the income he gets from his garden helps a lot at the end of the month. With the end of the winter and with milder temperatures we will supply baby fishes for his water reservoir. He now has the means to feed these fish. We are supplying a truck load of cattle manure to his garden in a week or two. But, as I said, for many reasons it is not easy to locate and find new recipients for vegetable gardens donations. We even placed ads at the local newspaper and posters at the local market, without any result. As most of possible recipients are not ready to start an organic vegetable garden exploitation, we decided that the first thing to do was to improve the knowledge or in most cases introduce Organic Farming to them. Luckily there is a big organic producer in a neighboring town that regularly gives courses on organic agriculture and so in a course he gave in May we could offer 10 seats for possible recipients. His next training will be in September we will offer another 10 places. Please see the pictures of this course at the project page. As you know, this project runs together with GG project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil”, that among other things, takes students for “a Day in the Forest” Ecological Trekking to the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary. Please find at the project page a link to this other project page. Most of these schools have vegetable gardens to provide the kitchen. But, believe it or not, these Municipal Schools gardens receive very little or no assistance at all from the Municipality. We saw that they needed help and we are trying to help, improving the vegetable gardens of these Municipal schools of Valença County. We are attending two schools and after winter holidays another two will receive our assistance and help. The two gardeners were students of the Organic Farming training course. For one of the schools we are providing a new watering system. Please see attached pictures of these two schools. As it has not being easy to find new recipients, we are working to enhance the production of sprouts of vegetables that are supplied to producers, helping one of them to make a new and much better production center. We are also studying the possibility of supplying a plastic water reservoir to another producer, all members of the local Organic Producers Association. The work continues, the project is better known today and some people are beginning to make contact with us looking for help or partnerships. I am sure that in the next report we will have many more achievements to show you. SALVEASERRA counts with your support to be able to develop these actions in a so needed and poor environment. Thank you all for your help and donations that make all this possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions. Thank you again for this support, Roberto.
The project Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil is running slowly but well and Mr. Helcione, owner of the first vegetable garden is now producing several different products for the local organic market. At least 1/3 of his revenue is already coming from his garden. His water tank is full and with not much use during the rainy season, but we are starting to grow fish in this reservoir. Most of the food for these fish will come from his vegetable garden. The project administration is very happy with the achievements already obtained with this first donated vegetable garden and we consider that this is the beginning of the first Oasis. Looking for new places for Small Family Oasis project is not an easy task and two possible recipients recently inspected could not be assisted by SALVEASERRA/GlobalGiving Fund. As we can only support organic producers, Mr. Luis, a hard working man, could not be aided because his neighbor has a conventional production of non organic vegetables where chemicals products are used. Unfortunately these toxic products are carried away to his propriety by the wind and for this reason Mr. Luis could not be certified as an organic producer and we could not help him. A second example is Mrs. Margarida and a friend who are volunteer organizers and workers in a communal vegetable garden, in a very poor quarter of Valença. For the Oasis project this could be a wonderful opportunity to support this garden inside the city, already producing and with a big chance to involve local teenagers in the work for better food and some pocket money. This vegetable garden is very close to community houses and it could surely provide food and other products to many people in the neighborhood. But, as the land was lent to these people, the first thing to do was to communicate with the owner, explain the new project and ask her permission to go on with it. We don’t exactly what happened but the landlord said no and we unhappily could not proceed with this new Small Family Oasis project. We were all very sad with the impossibility of placing this vegetable garden and helping the enormous effort of these people. But the project goes on and this week, two schools in two other poor quarters of the town are having their vegetable gardens improved with the project help. Thank you all for your support and donations that make all this possible. Roberto
Rainforest was explored with non-sustainable production methods that led to severe soil, water and landscape degradation, causing rural poverty and migration to cities.
The project just donated the first Irrigated Organic Vegetable Garden for a Brazilian rural family, in this case a Land Reform settler. This donation is helping him become an organic producer and is giving him means to live and produce on his land and from his land. In his "Small Family Oasis", the family can find work all year round, food, produce goods for the market, and there is occupation for women and young. We hope that this will bring them security, stability, better habitat and environmental conditions and income. SALVEASERRA have already located three new possible families to receive donations to support personal projects. Two vegetable gardens and a tree nursery. We are still getting to know them and their work, and before anything else, they are going to receive some training in a course on Organic Agriculture we are sending them this late November. In a new project, we are also helping to recover the vegetable gardens of two municipal schools in the outskirts of Valença, one with 250 students and another with plus than 550, hoping that from there we will be able to reach these poor communities. This project and approach to these needed citizens is made first with a lecture on environmental matters we give at the school and a week later, groups of 30 students and teachers and school aids are invited to visit the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary, for "A Day in the Forest" a free environmental education program, in buses we hire for them. We receive these groups twice a month. All these activities are funded through the SALVEASERRA/GLOBALGIVING FUND created with part of GLOBALGIVING donations received. This Fund has the purpose of donating irrigated vegetable gardens and tree nurseries for needed people and communities and also to offer training courses on environmental and agricultural matters. I am sure that a small investment in a model that preserves nature and water and that can be reproduced everywhere, may represent the beginning of economical, social and environmental changes in the perspective of living of many Third World citizens and countries.
The Rainforest was explored with non-sustainable production methods that led to severe soil, water and landscape degradation, causing rural poverty and migration to cities. This project promotes the donation of Irrigated Organic Vegetable Gardens for Brazilian rural families, poor farmers and Land Reform settlers, searching to establish then as organic farmers and agroforestry producers and to hold them living on their land, practicing self sustainable ecological techniques and interacting with nature. The donation of Irrigated Vegetable Gardens makes possible to irrigate land and so create "Small Family Oasis" where families or associated workers can live all year round, planting their food, producing goods for the organic market, with occupation for women and young, bringing them security, stability, better habitat and environmental conditions. With these advances, the income of this family will raise and other improvements will be made in water and house sanitation, all resulting in more health and an increased living situation. Each vegetable garden donated will be treated and cared as an Oasis, here people work every bit of land and water is utilized carefully, making the best use of soil and water. How it works? At first, a fast growing irrigated vegetable garden area is established for the production of food and goods for the market. With the water of this central water reservoir, that has fish and ducks, it is possible to have permanent crops of different vegetables with distinct production cycles. Small sized farm animals can be raised in this area. The irrigated plantation of numerous kinds of fruit, palms and useful trees, planted the Agroforestry way, is undertaken as soon as possible because of their longer cycle to start producing. These trees, that provide food, shade, organic matter and protect the soil from the strong tropical sun and the presence of water, form a protected shelter that attracts birds and other fauna. At this moment, we are finishing the implantation the first Irrigated Organic Vegetable Garden donated to a Land Reform settled family. We expect that at least three people can immediately work from this vegetable garden and we hope that in one or two years from now two families will feed and live from this garden. Please see Photo Gallery for all the steps of the construction. We are already looking for another person to receive a second donation. This project already starts with the support of the SALVEASERRA FUND created with part of GLOBALGIVING donations, with the purpose of donating irrigated vegetable gardens and tree nurseries for needed people and communities and also to offer training courses on environmental and agricultural matters. I am sure that a small investment in a model that preserves nature and water and that can be reproduced everywhere, may represent the beginning of economical, social and environmental changes in the perspective of living of many Third World citizens and countries.
Roberto Lamego, director.
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