Honduras Hope is currently involved in a major effort to establish a culinary school in Yoro, Honduras. The goal is to educate interested citizens and young people in the hospitality industry. An upscale facility has been constructed and is currently being used to train students to maximize their potential in a business that is growing in Central America.
Along with hospitality training, students are being taught about the benefits of using organic produce. Round Up is a staple in Honduras. Buildings have gigantic Round Up advertisements on their outside walls. Monsanto is alive and well in Central America. It is common to see farmers riding their horses with blue plastic spray apparatus on their backs filled with toxic chemicals.
On our last trip to Yoro, my wife and a friend of ours spent the good part of a day looking for anything that was organic. We can up empty. Even the commercial compost we found contained chemicals. It has been a problem for a long time because when pesticides are banned in the United States they are often shipped to developing countries.
Teaching about organic provides HOPE and I believe it is sustainable in Honduras. Students at the culinary school are making compost and have started growing organic vegetables that they will use as they develop their menus. The benefit of using Square Foot Gardens is that because it is contained, compost can be used more efficiently. I feel that Anibal Castellanos is an excellent program director. His approach is comprehensive which offers unique opportunities for students as well as for the community.