Home Gardening: $50,000 total p.a. ~ $10 per family p.a.
In 2000, TBC began supporting an innovative project known as the Community Agriculture and Nutrition (CAN) project. CAN aims to improve the variety and nutritional value of food available to refugees presently living in the Thailand-Burma border camps, while also developing strategies that will one day help refugees grow their food when they are able to safely return to Burma. Utilising resources accessible in the camps and working with limited access to land and water, CAN teaches participants how to improve their diets by growing foods in home gardens.
The types of techniques taught include harvesting seeds, the use of banana fiber pots for seed germination, composting, growing crops in bamboo baskets or food supply containers, contour farming, grafting and the use of natural pesticides. The home gardening skills learned through CAN provide skills that the refugees will be able to use well into the future.
Working with other organisations concerned with food security and skills training, TBC provides CAN Basic Training, Agricultural Vocational Training, and demonstrations on the use of bio gas. In addition to the training provided through CAN, the project’s workers offer technical assistance through in-home follow-up with trainees.
In the refugee camp environment, home gardens must be clearly marked and protected from animals, such as chickens and pigs that can damage crops. Fencing can also be used by those who are raising animals to prevent them from wandering around the camps and causing damage to others’ gardens. TBC also distributes fencing to households and to teams of community members tending collective gardens. TBC’s goal is to provide the needed fencing to each of the camps along the border, with an average of 20-30m given to each household with a garden.
With an annual gift of only $10 your gift will provide one family with the tools and the training to ensure long term food security through home gardening.