|Señora Erenda at PIO XII in Masaya|
|FTF Field Staff planting seeds in one of PIO XII's |
|Children building square-foot garden with guidance |
from Señora Erenda
The team shared that Señora Erenda believes the younger generation is very open to learning how to grow their own food in a sustainable way [and that] they can be trained to promote local production of food in local communities, providing food security to these rural areas.
Together, the children and volunteers built a square-foot garden at the home of a neighbor, and Señora Erenda demonstrated her extension skills by discussing composting and vegetable production. With Señora Erenda's clear, step-by-step instructions, by the time the garden was installed it was apparent that the children and the neighbor were aware of the many details of how to care for a small garden.
The children were the ones actually setting up the garden, and their work was videotaped and will be available to future volunteers as a training tool. The video demonstrates the correct process for creating a square-foot garden and also shows how children can be included in community garden projects. In addition to the square-foot gardening, the children collected insects using sweep nets and discussed the importance of identifying beneficial insects.