Welcome to Berkaber, where farmers want to farm--but can't get to their farmland. Backers can build greenhouses so they can grow in their own backyards.
Berkaber, Armenia -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/20/2013 -- The 500 residents of Berkaber want to farm but can't because their farmland, located on the other side of the village's reservoir, is under occupation. This project team wants to build 4 greenhouses in the backyards of 4 homes in the village proper, creating not only a regular source of food but also a pathway to steady income for each family as produce can be sold and traded at market rates for 3 seasons out of the year. Each greenhouse will measure 100 square meters and can yield up to 50 kilograms of produce per day. This type of farming is new to Berkaber, so a team of agriculturists will visit the village regularly to train farmers on how to maintain and expand their greenhouses.
Once built, the greenhouses will consistently produce organically grown fruits and vegetables that the farmers can then sell to neighboring villages and as part of a co-op at the bazaar in nearby Idjevan. Additionally, the agriculturists who will be training the farmers will receive a regular stipend.
The greenhouses are simple metal and tarp structures that need minimal maintenance; primarily, the plastic tarp covering the greenhouse needs to be replaced yearly. Part of the training that farmers receive includes budgeting for these repairs. The produce grown inside the greenhouses is all organic, and water is dispersed throughout the structure using an eco-friendly drip system.
This project’s goal is to set a new standard for transparent giving. The team is a non-profit platform that connects the global community with organizations and individuals who are committed to making a difference in Armenia.
This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. Funding duration: August 07, 2013 - August 31, 2013 (11:59pm PT).
Indiegogo Page: http://bit.ly/16fNT4M
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