Organic Farm, Asia
The training farm teaches conservation farming methodology, which is about long-term conservation and benign farming which causes as little harm to the environment as possible (e.g., no ploughing or burning) and which makes the most of what God has provided to us (e.g., planting and hoeing carefully). Conservation farming as taught by our farm is an expression of our reliance on our creator-God and our stewardship of his bounty. It also gives good yields! Telling friends and neighbours about the principles of conservation farming is a way to share about our Heavenly Father who gives us every good thing.
At the same time, the training farm grows and sells organic vegetables which contribute to the financial sustainability of the training ministry.
Update on Progress (July 2016)
Several 'Foundations for Farming' courses (see http://foundationsforfarming.o...) have been offered in 2016 to trainees and staff who are now working in least-reached areas, evangelising and church planting. A course was also run in a remote community.
In February 2016 a one-year internship program was launched with six young national participants. They are being trained and discipled in the spiritual, technology and management keys of 'Foundations for Farming'. They are attending classes at the farm, working in the fields and teaching the shorter 'Foundations for Farming' courses to others.
In June 2016 an irrigation project was completed in partnership with the local community, not only to increase production at the farm site, but also to bless the whole village.
At A Glance
- Hundreds of kilos of vegetables are consistently produced every month for consumption on the training base and sale to the local community
- An irrigation system is being implemented that will ensure heavy crop production throughout the dry season
- The staff and students eat the majority of their meals from produce coming directly from the farm. This has dramatically cut down their food bill!
GSI helped fund the purchase of additional land to enable the farm to expand and make even more of an impact in the lives of employees, trainees, church planters, pastors and the local community.
The team is bringing in more profits with the addition of new cash crops, including tomato, lettuce, Swiss chard, kale and herbs. This will subsidise the work of OM as they make disciples and support church planters in least-reached areas.
Pastors, church planters, OM ministry workers and students are all taught sustainability as a core value, as part of the training curriculum.
– A young woman currently interning at the farm
- Organic farming practice and principles is now part of the core syllabus of the training programme
- Students, pastors, church planters and OM ministry workers are all being trained with sustainability as a core value
- The understanding of local markets and planting seasons is growing, leading to the planting of crops that maximise profit margin and production