Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Garden Project!

Living on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific certainly comes with its own set of challenges.  Everything that we use comes in either by ship or by airplane.  One of the most important things of course is food.  As I am sure that you have seen even where you live price for food continue to climb.  That certainly impacts us here in the islands.  Imagine broccoli at 4 dollars a pound or paying over two dollars for a cucumber.
We have tried a garden before with limited success.  Some things grow and others do not.  The main problem is nutrients within the soil.  Because the soil is on the top of corral the nutrients are quickly leached out of the soil making it basically dead.  There is one place on Majuro that crops can be grown and that is in Laura.  So we set out to solve the problem.
In the pictures you see vegetables growing in blue containers.  The same containers you can find in Wal Mart or any other store.  The project you see is being done by the Diabetes Wellness Center here in Majuro.  They are successfully growing everything in these containers.  The reason it is working well is that the nutrients do not leach out of the soil.  It is working well and providing all the vegetables needed to run the wellness center.
With that said we have got the information on how to grow vegetables this way.  So what do we need now?  We want to obtain 20 of these containers to start our garden.  Here, these simple blue containers cost between 10 to 15 dollars a piece when they are available.  In the states, they are about 3 to 4 dollars a piece.  How can you help?  We are looking for a few people who will mail three or four of these containers to us here in the islands to help us with this project.  Also we need people who would like to send sends.  If you would like to help us out please email us at rikakisteve@gmail.com for shipping information.  Thanks as always for your faithful prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Richard and Terina

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