International Ministries

Garden Project Report

April 2, 2012 Journal
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Mexico City

Dear Friends,

What a joy to see green: cabbage and chives and compost piles and women working and learning together.  So many have helped to make the “Plant a Garden” project a reality and it is literally changing reality for the Mayan women who have embraced it.  We just returned from La Ceyba Chiapas to begin the third year of the program.  Thirteen new women asked to join and were assigned mentors.  The group sent three of their best gardeners to help a new group get started in the nearby community of Chacacal.  After church on January 29 we met for several hours for a time of sharing, a workshop on homemade natural pesticides, and distribution of seeds.  Local Baptist Seminary student and university senior, Eleazar Perez, has become the groups technical consultant and presented the workshop.  He is working with the women of both communities as part of his social service requirement.  To reduce dependency in the future Eleazar is finding non hybrid local varieties of vegetables that are both disease resistant and allow the harvesting of seeds from the best fruits and vegetables each year.     
On Monday we all traveled 45 minutes to Chacacal for a workshop and seed distribution with a new group of 20 women recently formed with the encouragement of Eleazar and the women of La Ceyba.  They had already prepared some seed beds and were working on their compost piles.  Three of La Ceyba’s best gardeners shared experiences and advice with the new group who in turn prepared a tasty meal for our team.   We all visited the planting beds the Chacacal women have been working on and distributed seed to group members

Thanks for making such a difference in Chiapas.  

God Bless you!   Ramona and Chuck

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