Monday, May 08, 2006

Latest post from Organic Gardening non Profit Blog

Taking The Mountain To Mohammed
3 days ago

This week we visited our students in several villages almost two hours from the training gardens at Getk, to help them get started in their own gardens, and assist them as they began demonstrating to and teaching 200 other families "the poor man's hydroponic method" of gardening. We were gratified to watch as our students each took charge of their groups of people and taught with confidence and authority how to prepare soil-beds for receiving vegetable seeds and seedlings. These people are working hard and learning fast, and their efforts this week are the beginning of the pay-back. I received a special thrill on Thursday afternoon when the young woman who is Human Dignity and Peace's Project coordinator told me she was blown away as she watched and listened to the students with their participants. Rusan said she almost thought I was up there myself talking, demonstrating, and teaching, and she was amazed at how good and confident they all were. I figure they know about 15% of what I want to teach them in the next few short weeks, so there's much to do!

Seedling Production - Learn What You Are Doing!
3 days ago

This week I determined there was great need for us to visit our students in their home villages, while also assisting with transplanting in a greenhouse that is being used to provide many thousands of seedlings for 200 participants in 5 villages. I was reminded very graphically that greenhouse seedling production is not "a piece of cake", and requires knowledge and accuracy at every step. Tomato, pepper, eggplant, and cauliflower seedlings that had been planted about three weeks earlier were almost all in terrible stress from several causes, including lack of proper drainage, too shallow growing medium, and very probable deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, boron, and phosphorus. I immediately began working to try and save the plants by getting 32 holes drilled in over 200 seedling flats, and then by applying the nutrients I felt were so desperately needed. I really wish we were closer than a two-hour drive, so we could visit regularly and make sure things go well. An important and worthwhile project is at risk if the plants can't be revived. If you pray, please include the greenhouse at Karakert, Armenia. Thank you.


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