Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Moringa Experiment: Week 2


DSC00288smallIt has been two weeks since we planted the 121 seeds in our experimental moringa plot. The purpose of this experiment is to see if the moringa can be grown using the intensive cultivation. This means that we are growing the seeds close together and harvesting the leaves every six weeks by cutting the tops of each plant. The small stems that remain will regrow and be reharvested after six weeks. Again, this is an experiment to see if this type of technique can be used when the project officially begins.

About 85% of the seeds planted have now sprouted (see picture). I am thrilled to see that the seeds are doing well in the soil near the sea. This plot is located at the Hope Center which is adjacent to the land that we are pursuing for the project. We hope to be able to harvest these plants within the next 5-6 weeks.

Not only are we working with the experiments, I have been working with a local pastor named Pastor Emmanuel in refining the Bible Study materials and Community Health Curriculum. Please continue to pray for this process. Our hope is to present the Gospel during the month of class the students will have. We are committed to a holistic approach just as Jesus was.

land1smallAlso, I ask that you all continue to pray for financial provisions. The land has been given and agreed upon. We now await the $15,000 USD to secure the land with the fence. Once secured, we will be able to prepare the land and begin planting. For more information about the project, click the tabs above on this blog. I have included a picture of the land as well. I know God will miraculously provide in his own way and time. I love you all and cannot do this without you.

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