#GivingTuesday is less than a week away, and this year, we want to make it easier than ever for you to save forests and save lives.
The effects of climate change seem to become more evident every day. Each season, the weather patterns seem to grow more extreme. Extreme heat means more droughts and damage from forest fires. More heavy rain means uncontrollable flooding. Drought means fewer crops, less water in the rivers, and less snow in the mountains, which means less water in our reservoirs come summertime. Preventing forest fires will slow climate change because of the amount of carbon dioxide that is released through large-scale fires.
Health In Harmony has partnered with ASRI to teach local farmers about farming in a way that is helping combat climate change in Indonesia. Sustainable farming techniques reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and holding carbon in vegetation and soils.
Slash and Burn farming techniques are known for their destructive qualities, but rainforest conservationists are finding more dangers that threaten the health of this fragile environment.
After attending ASRI's sustainable agriculture trainings, the farmers who would form the organic farming cooperative HarapanBaru ("New Hope") were skeptical. Even if it were better for the environment, how could farmers possibly get good yields without expensive chemical fertilizers? They decided to do an experiment: they would plant a rice paddy using ASRI's organic techniques, and compare it with a conventionally farmed plot.
To All Friends of Health In Harmony:
We are writing to you to share exciting news about the future of Health In Harmony. Our organization has grown tremendously over the last four years and, as a result, we are changing our current structure to more fully meet our mission: to provide sustainable, long-term solutions that help individuals and communities while protecting the natural resources necessary for a healthy planet.
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.