Our recent trip to Panama this past month was a very busy, yet productive one. As the farm in Panama on the property of the Christian Agricultural Foundation of Panama continues to grow and distribute staple crops like onions, carrots, and cabbage, the upcoming September 2017 potato harvest reminds us that there is still so much more ahead with the vision that God has given.
The small greenhouse on the property in Costa Rica that we have been learning with and working on for herb and spice production, along with growing veggies like peppers, spinach and chayote has turned into something beautiful with many coming to harvest and enjoy our bounty on their table.
Keeping our tilapia pond moving forward has also been just the beginning phases of our work, knowledge and training in the agricultural side of things.
While in Panama, we were able to spend a good amount of time researching and meeting with agricultural experts in the surrounding areas to learn even more about greenhouse production (large greenhouses, at that!), hydroponics – beginning with strawberries, and searching for the best sources of water for the purposes of expanding growth into the next phase of the farm.
Strawberry production is just beginning to get its feet on the ground in the amiable climate that the areas surrounding Volcan and Cerro Punta have to offer, so we see the potential of great advances in providing food and jobs for the area. Greenhouses will be dedicated to strawberries, lettuce, and starter seeds to begin with, and expansion to other vegetables in order to take advantage of the year round growing that can be challenging when you are just relying on the one stretch of rainy season for the year.
Well drilling was well under way while we were there, as well as drawing up plans for water catchment systems to store rainwater in underground tanks. The plan is to use all of the natural resources that God has given to the fullest to multiply food production.
September will bring another trip to harvest potatoes and hopefully begin construction on the water storage tanks in preparation for the first stages of greenhouses. Anyone interested in joining us to harvest and distribute potatoes to Panamanians in need in September is welcome! Please contact us for more information.
If you would like to donate to help with the costs of the harvest and distribution, or with any of the future agricultural products, please click below! We are hopeful to multiply and excited to see what is in store this next growing season!