Thursday, 17 November 2016

Agriculture at Chbar Chros School

Our Chbar Chros Community (CCC) School Program Manager, Sophak, continues to put his skills he learned from studying at the Agricultural University in Phnom Penh to develop the garden at the CCC School. He designed and built a large vegetable garden on the school’s land in order to pass on his knowledge, by teaching the students useful life skills and the importance of crop diversity. 
The children then pass on these skills to their own families who are simple rice farmers and have had little or no access to education. By learning about different crops, the families improve their diet and have the potential to earn additional income. 
The garden continues to flourish throughout the year and different kinds of vegetables have been growing in the garden, such as morning glory, kale, carrots, cabbages, pumpkins, gourds, radishes, cucumbers, garlic, lemon grass, lettuce, mint, beans, zucchini and some European vegetables.
All the vegetables are cooked for the kids at CCC and given to the kids in working in the garden to cook at home. We sell the rest of the vegetables to the villagers at a good price and have invested in three plastic fish ponds and vegetable seeds. 
The idea of the ponds is to get water for the vegetables and to raise fish for staffs’ consumption, selling some to the villagers. Recently CamKids has managed to purchase some additional land, adjacent to the school and plans to expand the ponds and garden, when funds allow.

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