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Last week was full-up with organic farm training. Part of that was going out to the farms that the participants started after the last training. The participants all immediately adopted organic methods after the last training, and...the gardens are huge! There are so many vegetables being grown! And people are now really making money. They all say that organic fertilizer is not only cheaper but also more effective: their vegetables are growing much better than they used to. In one garden, the price of the ingredients for the organic fertilizer was $1 for 600 plants; previously they would have paid $26 for chemical fertilizer for a result that they say was not as good.
One man said, "We all want to stop doing illegal logging so please don't stop this program. We are making more money and learning so much." On one farm, the farmer doubled the size of land he had under cultivation and is now making almost $1000 per month (with three people working full-time!).
It feels great to have started something that may grow virally as all the farmers learn from each other. The only major problem is that there are clearly not enough manure around for fertilizer, and we are going to need to expand our goats-for-widows program...