|Lettuce produced through shadehouse hydroponic production. The raised beds and covered structure provides protection from extreme weather and flooding, and the sand and paddy shell substrate is an easily-accessible growth medium.|
Among the successes that stand out in my mind after visiting a selection of project sites are the 28 (and growing) shadehouses that are now in operation, allowing people to grow lettuce, radishes, celery, pakchoy, and other vegetables with limited risk of crop failure and in spite of poor soil; the newly-revived Guyana Apiculture Society and its beekeepers who are showing great energy and determination to increase honey production and their outreach efforts with ongoing support from FTF; the impact that the FTF-produced training and success videos has had in spreading the word about low-cost agricultural technologies for hydroponic vegetable production and, of course, the personal stories of success told by the farmers themselves.
With several more field visits remaining, there is more for me to see. I hope to feature these stories on the blog in the future, and for now I will leave you with some photos.
|Beeswax bowl created in a training with FTF Volunteer Virginia Webb.|