Our pending greenhouse project is a favorite amongst our entire team. In thinking about why, there are numerous reasons that arise, each making this an exciting venture, or the most exciting venture, for our organization.
There’s something magical about growing food in the desert. It’s reminiscent of Old Testament Israel. Making the seemingly impossible possible. Our oldest Hero, Nicodemus (Nico), is currently learning how to grow food in a desert climate at an agricultural internship through World Hunger Relief in Waco, Texas. This wonderful organization is teaching Nico skills he will bring home to teach his community how to grow their own food organically, without pesticides. He will also help us with our tents at the center. Our Hero Nico is rising to be just that - a hero to his community, and with these garden tents he will be helping to feed his foster brothers and sisters at the center - something he is extremely excited about.
Growing our own food means fewer funds go toward purchasing food and more funds go to rescuing children from the streets. Also, introducing vitamin rich fruits and vegetables into our children’s and the local community’s diet will help beat back malnutrition. Stronger bodies mean stronger minds which will improve test scores and give our children a fighting chance in school. All plusses, or A+’s if you ask me.
An equally exciting purpose for our greenhouse tents will be selling the excess food we grow to the local community to raise funds which will feed back into the center’s needs. This is all part of our goal to make the center self-sustainable. Meaning, the center will, one day, raise its own funds and provide for itself, all while providing to the community.
All of these reasons, and more, make our greenhouses something we are thoroughly excited about. We hope someday soon to report back with some beautiful pictures of the produce we grow in them!
NHC Team Members