Vegetable Gardens: Families receive ongoing training at our demonstration farms. Using locally found/sourced materials, they build their own vegetable gardens and receive a seed loan. Families apply agricultural best practices like raised beds, staggered plantings, composting, fallowing, and plowing under nitrogen-rich plants to improve the soil. These gardens produce a continuous harvest and provide essential nutrition for the families.
Field Crops: On their small plots, farmers learn and implement sustainable farming techniques. With seed loans, they move from planting mono-crops to planting multi-crops that are rotated to enhance the soil and their production. The multi-crops provide food for the family, as well as the food and fodder for small livestock.
Small Livestock: Once families have planted food and fodder for animals, they receive loans of small livestock like chickens, guinea pigs, goats, and rabbits. These provide a protein source for the families, and with proper management, an income source for the future.
Income from Surplus: Once the families have met their own nutritional needs (and those of their animals), harvested seeds for future use, and paid forward their loans of seeds and livestock, they are encouraged to sell their surplus crops and small livestock in the market. This provides for their needs and allows them to save for the future.