Vegetable gardens and market gardening
Thanks to these cultivations, families are able to secure steady income and improve the health of their children. By eliminating transportation and following a cultivating process that does not use chemical fertilizers, they now have a positive impact on the environment. Furthermore, working in one’s garden and consuming one’s own production contributes to the education of children. They discover earth's natural products become aware of the importance to preserve the environment.
Even in these extremely dry regions, we have succeeded in setting up vegetable gardens thanks to an efficient rainwater collecting system placed along house roofs. Through a network of channels, the rainwater flows directly into a 20’000-litre cistern that can be used during the dry season.
Even though vegetables are not yet part of the cultural diet in Northeastern Brazil, they now appear more often in village markets. On-sight vegetable production increases the curiosity and interest of local consumers.
To this day, fifteen different vegetable gardens have been planted in these regions of Brazil.
Our goal now is to implant a vegetable garden and a fruit-tree nursery in each of the new schools we build.