Over a month since my grant has been approved and things are now moving forward. Working with these women always brighten my week and instead of writing a detailed post of everything we are doing, since I am photographing everything (as a form of recording), it is easier to just show you.
Compost was a very easy lesson, since these women already compost as a means of waste disposal. Basically the lesson could be summarized as this: “You know your trash can?” *nods of affirmation* “Well…you can use that as a fertilizer to help enrich the soil! Just take out the plastic bags and throw in some goat poop and voila!”
Below, for your view pleasure, pictures of trash cans, er…I mean compost.
II. Visiting the future garden.
Next we all hiked to visit the site of the future garden; however, after this photo the women decided they wanted to pick their own sites, using their own land. Because dry season is approaching, in order to make watering easier, the women decided they preferred to walk farther to their gardens and have it located near a river than haul a lot of water up to their house everyday.
III. Watering cans
Locations chosen, the women started preparing the land and then the fun part, handing out all the seeds and the watering cans I purchased with the grant money.
IV. Visiting the nurseries
A couple weeks after handing out the seeds and the watering cans, the women went to work. Before Thanksgiving, we then had another meeting to discuss nutrition and played a “healthy plate” game where the women had to create meals that included a protein, a vegetable and starch. At that meeting we discussed any questions and problems these women had in planting their nurseries and we made plans for me to visit each one sometime in the next week.