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Working the fields: Farmers and JustHope continue to collaborate

The Community Tractor

A few years ago, a group of 270 farmers from the farthest parts of Chacraseca approached JustHope with a request...help us buy a tractor. As Chacraseca is mostly subsistence farmers, being able to plant on time is a necessity. Everything from local microcredit businesses to the hardware store are impacted by the success of each seasons' crops.

Since its purchase, the tractor has helped hundreds of farmers clear, plow, and plant their fields through a rental program. The rental program allows farmers to rent the tractor per day and not one farmer has to bear the cost of owning it. The farmers pay a fee per manzana (1.74 acres) to rent the tractor.

 

One Farmer at a Time

The Learning Center

The Learning Center on the Model Farm represents the fourth pillar in our GISE model...Educate!

The Center is a space for collaborative learning and training on innovative agricultural practices. Due to the support of several JustHope Partners, farmers will soon be able participate in workshops and field experiments, putting techniques learned into practice on their own farms. 

Now with the completion of the open air classroom space--made possible by an $8000 donation from Kinsley Congregation in Kansas -- and the equipment space donated by First Methodist in Colo Springs, we will be able to pilot the first phase of experiments: heirloom seed harvesting, inter-cropping, earthworm and humus production, homemade organic fertilizers, and much more! Having a space where ideas can come together for simulation allows us to determine viable solutions for farmers.

 

Growing the Grower - The Learning Center

Check out our completed Learning Center!

Completed Learning Center

 

The Center is a space for collaborative learning and training on innovative agricultural practices. Due to the support of several JustHope Partners, farmers will soon be able participate in workshops and field experiments, putting techniques learned into practice on their own farms. 

Now with the completion of the open air classroom space--made possible by an $8000 donation from Kinsley Congregation in Kansas -- and the equipment space donated by First Methodist in Colo Springs, we will be able to pilot the first phase of experiments: heirloom seed harvesting, inter-cropping, earthworm and humus production, homemade organic fertilizers, and much more! Having a space where ideas can come together for simulation allows us to determine viable solutions for farmers.

As participants progress through training sessions, they will become the future teachers, responsible for sharing ideas and best practices with their community. Later in 2017, we hope to establish financing options for farmers to access materials and implement restorative agriculture practices -- a unique micro financing program also made possible by JustHope Partners)!

We are excited to watch the Learning Center become a place of growth for local growers!  

Learning Center



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Music, Dance & Art Are Taking Over the Cultural Center!

Dance lessons

Cultural Center activities are thriving in 2017! 

At the Cultural Center, we have many opportunities to foster youth development, boost imagination and creativity through different artistic disciplines. The Chacraseca youth dance group are continuing their folkloric dance practices. With the guide of an instructor, they keep improving their skills, and are setting up a new dance performance.  

Also, click below to learn more about upcoming trips in our most recent newsletter. 

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