AUGUST 2020

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Refarmers.org is a Canadian Registered Non-Profit formerly called East Africa Permaculture Project. Our home base is located on the traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations also know as Vancouver, BC, Canada.

What's NEW for REFARMERS in Uganda?

GRANDMOTHERS KITCHEN GARDEN PROJECT
COVID-19 RESPONSE SINCE MAY 4th


Our fundraising drive has been going so well! There are not enough words to express the gratitude we have for all our selfless donors! Thank you! Merci! Apwoyo Matek!

We have been able to establish 65 gardens so far on a shoestring which is incredible! This low-budget, high-impact project is changing lives on a daily basis!

We also planted 200 fruit trees last month. The goal was to plant 5 trees per Grandmothers Garden for the 40 gardens we had already installed. Grafted mangos, grafted oranges, jackfruit, avocado and guava trees were planted at each site. This will enhance soil health, provide another business option for the families and give them access to more nutritious food for years to come.

We are working toward our funding goal of implementing 35 more gardens for a total of 100 gardens and planting 200 more trees. There is still time to sponsor one of these life changing gardens and fruit tree planting initiative! Your generous donation will make a huge difference to the Grandmothers Kitchen Garden Project. Please visit our website or our Go Fund Me page to contribute to our life-changing work.

Sponsor A Garden!

 

One of the donors this month was our very own Patrick Paul Kidega, who is our East Africa Project Manager and community member of Kitgum where our Grandmothers Kitchen Garden Project is located. He sponsored three gardens last week!

It is a rare occurrence to see a local project manager contributing financially to a project run by an international organization. Patrick has really shown how truly dedicated he is to Refarmers, the project, the grandmothers and his community. This is truly revolutionary and Patrick is a remarkable man, role model, leader, teacher and father to all!

Our project has seen so much community support, government interest, small veggie businesses flourishing and gardens being replicated. We are highly encouraged by the response from the community of Kitgum, Uganda. 



The community members see how hard the team is working and doing this all on a shoestring and they realize that even if they don’t have much, they always have something to give. This ability to help others is one of the most empowering things for a human being. 

What's NEW for REFARMERS in Canada?

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House School Group Visit!

What a pleasure it was to dig into the vermicompost and have wet worms slithering around our fingers, look at the pollen laden bees through a magnifying glass in the traffic circle garden, eat lettuce from the vertical pop bottle garden, share seeds from the seed library, nibble on spicy nasturtiums from the sack garden and chat about gardening by the potato sack gardens! Our little traffic circle has quietly managed to make its way into the hearts and lives of our neighbours and we are proud to be assisting in getting everybody excited about gardening!
PS. BC Centre For Disease Control guidelines were strictly followed

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City Sack Potatoes!

Our potatoes are flowering now and that means that “new” potatoes have begun to form. We planted our potatoes on April 29th. We have documented the journey on our Facebook page from planting, to “hilling up”, to flowering all done in a burlap sack at the side of our inner city building in East Vancouver, Canada.

You can even grow an entire garden from a burlap sack! Check out our tutorial on YouTube to find out more!

Burlap Sack Gardens in Victoria, BC!

Our friends and partners Ariel and Jess from Iyé/Palenke Greens have been inspired by Refarmers' sack gardens to create a program that installs and distributes burlap sack gardens to people “who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, interested in gardening and cultivating the Ubuntu spirit of communal self-reliance” and prioritizes people of African-descent. They share stories of how to build a better world through food justice and nutrition security while reducing food apartheid in the city.

We would love to bring this program to other cities in North America and are working on ways to spark the movement!

Grow Food, Grow Change!

"If you eat, you are involved in agriculture." Wendell Berry 
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