As the pandemic continues and countries begin to open back up, our work in each base is looking different every week. However, we are blessed to continue finding ways to serve God in the communities to bring light and hope. Today’s story comes from Holman in our Agriculture Site in Nicaragua.

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In 2020 we have heard the words “COVID-19” everywhere. It has considerably affected our daily life in different ways: Economic, health, and social relationships. Due to Covid, we have suspended the theoretical-practical training in farmer groups in the Agriculture Site. But we were looking for new options to achieve our primary goal: to promote sustainable agricultural practices that provide food and improve the income of the Agriculture Site families, providing them with certified seeds, agricultural inputs, training, and individual technical assistance.

Even though there were many changes due to the pandemic regarding social relations and the economic situation, we were able to continue working in the communities with the farmers and their families, taking into account all sanitary recommendations to avoid contagion of this illness. We were developing a series (5) of training about the bio-intensive garden to produce vegetables in small areas during this year.

“GROW BIO-INTENSIVE: soil preparation practices create growing beds with more surface area to maximize the effect of nature’s life processes. Double-dug beds, with soil loosened to a depth of 24 inches, aerate the soil, facilitate root growth, and improve water retention. The health and vigor of the soil are maintained through the use of compost. Close plant spacing is used to protect soil microorganisms, reduce water loss, and maximize yields. Companion planting facilitates the optimal use of nutrients, light, and water, encourages beneficial insects, and creates a vibrant mini-ecosystem within the garden.”

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Through this series of training about the bio-intensive garden, we made a new friend. Let me introduce him. His name is Inyermar Sebastián López Gonzalez. He is curious, talented, and a hard worker. He and his brother Juan, and nephew are from Masaya-Nicaragua. They live in a small house located on the slopes of a beautiful rural community called Vista Alegre (joyous view). For years, Inyermar and his family suffered extended periods of food inadequacy for a lack of resources to produce their own crops. Today, thanks to the Agriculture Site’s support with technical assistance and certified seeds, Inyermar has provided food and generated some income for his primary needs.

“Is good to learn about the humidity in the soil, time that plants can live without rain and keep the moisture in the soil, conserve the soil because from it we will produce our food”

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As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater
-Isaiah 55:10 (NIV)
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