Sustainable Agriculture

 

Living Heart’s aim is that every member of the community who wishes to learn how to cultivate fresh, healthy food for consumption is given the know-how, tools and training to do so. To achieve this, Living Heart plans to set up the communities for long-term, continued development that reduces their dependence on charitable donations and enables Living Heart to gradually withdraw from the community. Our ultimate wish is to design and fund projects that over time will become self-sustaining.

To expand the benefits of the Nutrition program to the whole community and ensure all children have access to nutritious food within the home, Living Heart has started a pilot Educational Greenhouse Project in its most needy community. This involved the construction of a large, brand-new greenhouse close to the school, allowing the community to organically cultivate their own fresh vegetables, salad and herbs.

To combat frost, poor soil and the effects of high altitude, Living Heart uses a specially-designed thermal mass greenhouse built from local stone and mud. An insulated plastic roof is installed to contain the heat of the sun during the day, and maintain temperatures during the freezing nights.

The key to Living Heart’s sustainable agriculture project is long-term education and practical, on-the-job training for the children and adults of the community. The members of the project will receive monthly training workshops, and weekly theoretical and practical classes on nutrition and cultivation.

We are running this pilot project with the hope of constructing greenhouses in all of our communities, but we need everything from the building materials to the seeds. Please take a look at our Wish List to see how even the smallest amount can make a big difference.

“I spent 6 very important months working for Living Heart in 2011 after being invited to set up a Sustainable Agriculture project to support the nutrition and education programmes. It was an eye opening experience for me and working in those remote communities was the most challenging and rewarding of times.” Read James’ testimonial