A small indigenous school in Ecuador has been working with us for the past year and a half on vegetable and animal farming. This rural school is attended by 147 children ages 3-16. Before we helped them implement their program, 60% of children were undernourished.
Now the school has a 500 sq.ft. garden that grows a wide variety of vegetables like kale, chard, beets, lettuce, zucchini, carrots, and onions. The food is used only to feed the children. They have also implemented a guinea pig farm for additional food and grow alfalfa to feed the guinea pigs. The teachers and the students have been trained on how to care for their garden and guinea pigs, and the garden has reached a production rate of 5.4 lbs of food per square meter!
Maria Fabiola Churuchumbi Sandoval lives in a small village in Ecuador where two or three families live together in one-room adobe houses. Each family has a plot of land that has been passed down as a heritage of their ancestors. Fabiola and her community members in the village cultivate the land for harvesting, using what they grow to feed their families. When they have extra, they sell it in local markets or exchange it with other families.Read more
CHOICE is helping communities all over the world to become independent of charity through leadership programs and economic development. CHOICE has officially incorporated The Institute of Self Reliant Agriculture into our program to become one united front. After two years of vetting and thoughtful deliberation we are all thrilled with our decision.
The Institute of Self Reliant Agriculture is a small NGO out of Washington with a great agriculture program that targets mostly the family level. Family gardens, nutrition and food security are critical components of their program.Read more