Progress on Farming Project
Richard Tracy
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Progress on Farming Project

We started this program on April 10th of 2009 by planting over 1,600 seeds for yam and cassava plants. We have harvested these plants many times since then, and have used seedlings for additional farming on the 20 acres across the road which we were able to acquire. By June of 2010 we had over 8,000 yam and casava plants ready to harvest, and by March of 2011 we had 20,000 yam and cassava plants! Today there are over 25,000 plants, all from the original seeds. This has enabled the school to reduce their food expenditures by over 25%. (Previously, leftover food from the refugee center was needed to help feed the students.) In addition, jobs were created, and the school can now sell some produce for additional capital to cover operating costs. And all of the farming is done by the teachers and agriculture students at FDMTS!

 

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