After two months of careful planning and land preparation with the school staff and agricultural experts, UPLift and Room To Grow Foundation have successfully launched two veggie garden pilots in the Mae Sot area. The main goal of these pilots is for the schools involved to provide their students not only with a source of inexpensive and nutritious food, but also with agricultural experience and skills that they can use anywhere in the future. Take a look!
(PICTURES OF HWAY KA LOKE)
(PICTURES OF SITE #2)
Both trainings took place over the course of a weekend and the presentations/materials were given in Burmese by Nobel, our ag field officer. These trainings covered the following:
-Organic Fertilizer recipe and production
-Organic Insecticide recipe and production
-Seasonal Calendars (Creation and Uses)
With the soil and plants already prepared, teachers and selected students can now begin applying the skills covered and share this information with their peers. Both schools have excellent principals who are very active and eager to improve the lives of their students, so there is little left for us to do! The next step for us is visiting occasionally and evaluating what "stuck", and then improving our training materials for future trainings and troubleshooting with the schools. Enjoy the pics!
|Working on a water diagram for the garden|
|Elbow-deep in microorganisms!|
|Suitable Crops, listed by season|
|Job Well Done!|