Agriculture feeds our students and provides income for our programs! When school is in session, the produce that we grow is delivered to our school kitchens each week for our cooks to prepare delicious and nutritious meals for the Vida students – and the surplus is sold on the domestic market to help sustain the ministry. Right now, this produce is also supplementing our food hampers being delivered to families in our school and church communities
Children in Guatemala are deeply affected by malnutrition and by stunting due to lack of nutrition. These issues are especially prevalent in Indigenous areas, such as the areas in and around Tactic. Despite living in a climate that is well-suited for growing a variety of vegetables and tropical fruits, most communities grow only corn and eat a diet of tortillas and beans.
Impact Ministries Agriculture Projects provide examples to the community of what is possible, while also supporting the daily nutrition program at the Vida schools. Our prayer is that the food we provide for the body will also provide the opportunity to feed the soul. May the Lord bless the harvest!
What do you grow?
In the greenhouse on our Chisac property, we are producing hundreds of thousands of seedlings annually. The majority of these seedlings are sold, while others are planted in the surrounding fields.
We grow over a dozen different crops including tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, cilantro, corn, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers and even blackberries.
In 2019, we also planted our first coffee plants, and we anticipate our first harvest in 2022 or 2023.
Who works in agriculture?
We usually provide employment to about a dozen seasonal agricultural workers in our fields and greenhouses – up to 60 when we have a large harvest.
Edgar Suc, one of our very own Vida School graduates, went on to university to become an agricultural engineer. He now supervises our agricultural project.
We’re excited to see Guatemalan leaders like Edgar and his coworkers training the next generation of men and women in nutrition and sound agricultural practices.
Your donation allows us to purchase a variety of local seeds and to pay the agricultural workers who are helping the seeds grow into an abundant harvest!
Special thanks to Houweling’s Tomatoes, KUBO Greenhouse Projects, and many other generous donors who supported our Seeds of Tomorrow project to make our greenhouse, irrigation system, and agriculture project possible