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Warming Trend: Winter Crops Increase Family Food Security

Tam and Oanh are neighbors and close friends whose small fields are side by side. Every day, when one of the women is ready to work on her field, she calls to her friend and they walk to their plots together. Mixed into their conversations about work, family, weather and more are the sustainable farming techniques they’ve learned through FRB’s Vietnam Tan Son program.

They participated in a training course on planting crops that would perform well in the climate and soil conditions of the winter season when, after two harvests, farmers traditionally let their fields lay fallow. Tam and Oanh agreed that the practice wasted precious resources that could allow them to feed their families without having to work on someone else’s land for cash.

The farmers were encouraged to experiment with rotational cultivation and increase the variety and number of crops in order to get more food and prevent soil diseases. After training, some pilot households received seed. Tam and Oanh were not on the pilot list, but their interest was high enough that they each bought seeds and committed to following what they learned at the training.

Oanh chose to grow sweet potatoes. Tam chose corn. Last year, Tam and Oanh were able to harvest their fields three times. By adding winter crops, their families did not suffer a food shortage. Tam notes, “We’ll plant winter crops next year. Having corn in winter makes us feel warm in our stomachs.”

The Tan Son program will continue to use agricultural models to evaluate and promote the effectiveness of different crops and farming techniques. Training activities not only help people in difficult areas achieve sustainable food security, they promote good relationships within the community.

Vietnam Tan Son encompasses 6 communities, 512 households, and 2,212 individuals

05/08/2017 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Seeds of Faith raising money for needy people worldwide

It's a cause that befits its name, Seeds of Faith, as seeds are literally planted through faith so that others less fortunate may reap the benefits throughout the world. The brainchild of Lowell and Cindy Baker of the Congregational UCC Church in Shenandoah 11 years ago, Seeds of Faith has now raised over $200,000 for impoverished people in 3rd-World countries.

Lowell first heard about the Foods Resource Bank in 2004 and thought it would be a great missions project for his church,

10/29/2015 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

2014 Tour de Farms is a Grand Success!

On Sunday August 31, 150 bikers of all ages participated in the first FRB Tour de Farms hosted by the Western Springs/Mazon Growing Project. Biking about 12 miles total, participants toured the fields and farms of several Mazon farmers

09/02/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Corn Planting with the Davis CA Growing Project this Saturday!

Greetings from the DCC Growing Project!

We have some corn to plant and we hope you'll join us Saturday morning!! This winter's dry weather delayed the decision about whether to plant at all this year, but we're happy to report that the project is on and we will once again plant, grow and sell sweet corn to raise funds for the Foods Resource Bank. We apologize for the late notice about planting, but ask for your understanding; in farming, decisions sometimes need to be made at the last minute and there isn't much we can do about it.

It's FUN, appropriate for all ages, and doesn't take that long when there's a big crowd. Plus, the weather should be absolutely gorgeous,

03/18/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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