Our goal is to use the Agriculture project as an outreach tool for seeding the gospel in people’s hearts. In 2013, our first garden was inaugurated thanks to some of our partners! The food that has been produced is used for consumption at the A.M.O. Headquarters and distributed in the favelas. The people in the favelas are always so grateful to receive fresh produce as they are unable to afford it.
We now have five fields; two already produce crops while three others are going through soil preparation phases. We have already had an abundance of broccoli, swiss chard, different kinds of lettuce, carrots, beets, manioc, herbs, arugula, spinach, squash, celery, zucchini, melons and many more! When we have the kids from the Embrace a Child program out for a day at the A.M.O. Main Campus, they often participate in gardening activities that are both educational and fun! It is really neat for them to be able to see the progress of the gardens over time and to learn the value of waiting patiently for those rewarding, non-immediate results.
As we learn, we can teach the favela communities we work in how to grow and maintain their own self-producing gardens. We would like to have a working model at the A.M.O. Main Campus so that we can teach the favela communities we work in how to grow and maintain their own self-producing gardens and eventually take the skills we’ve learned around the globe.