One Square Foot at a Time has been designed to influence you, school children and the people of Honduras. There are many worthy organizations that help people in developing countries to grow food that is more nutritious and provides greater quantities of vegetables and fruit. Most of the organizations that I have heard of, try to use organic methods. However there are many challenges in these countries and if the only solution to save a crop is pesticides, I too would use them. It is a no brainer to use chemicals and pesticides when life depends on each harvest.
What I have read concerning agricultural groups that go into developing countries is that they help farmers understand seed saving, using organic methods and conservation in order to increase yields. All of that provides investments in the people and lends itself to good health. My interest however is to teach the children.
The students served by Honduras Hope are eager and hard working. They show their appreciation while working with us and I believe they are learning science and math as we work with them. Some of these children have brought these techniques to their mountain villages and there is interest from those communities. In January we will start a kitchen gardening program at our rather crude kitchen facility in the mountains where we provide nutritional and protein rich lunches for children from birth to six years old.
The Square Foot Gardening Program in Yoro is doing very well. It is developing so well that I want to expand what we are doing. I want to pay students a small stipend to teach young child and adults as well to use Square Foot Gardening techniques to grow things other than beans and corn. I want to introduce kale, spinach and broccoli into their diets. I want to provide nutritious smoothies to children that are malnourished.
In January I am bringing a gas generator to Honduras. The people in both of the villages we serve have no electricity. We have a community center in Plan Grande which is a wonderful facility. With electricity from the generator we have planned movie nights. Many students have never seen a movie and they don’t have televisions. Students who want to attend Friday night movies can earn admission to the movie by bringing a five gallon bucket of compostable materials to the new composting bin at the primary school. With the contribution to the composting idea they will earn a ticket to the Friday night movie. It is proposed that young women from our Girl’s Empowerment Program will collect tickets. Others can watch movies on Friday evenings by purchasing tickets.
Compost of course is the key to successful Square Foot Gardening. There are plenty of green compostables and horse manure on the reservations. All of the kids use machetes.
This is the time of the year when everyone is asking you for money. Worry not, I will find the money eventually. However if you would like to become a part of an exciting venture, this might be something that you will want to become a part of. Should you decide to contribute be sure to earmark your gift to Square Foot Gardening.
Send to: Honduras Hope
P.O. Box 60
Franconia, N.H. 03580