Tzununa Community Gardens
Atitlan Organics is located in the valley of Tzununa, which is a rural
town on the north shore of Lake Atitlan, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
Around here, our mantra is "Leap Frog".
Think of how cell phone technology leap-frogged land-line technology in developing countries. Almost everyone in Central America has a mobile phone, while hardly anyone has land-line infrastrucuture. Our vision for communities like ours is to leap-frog the cumbersome, centralized, overly-regulated, energy-intensive, one-size-fits-all food system of developed nations. Instead, we work towards a future full highly diverse, productive, and resilient landscapes, with local stewards that operate in decentralized, local, direct-to-consumer markets, while still participating in global issues and information sharing. Rural communities in developing countries still have the opportunity to protect and improve upon the ways they obtain their food.
Co-Founder of Atitlan Organics awarded grant to design and
install four Community Gardens in the Tzununa valley!
Shad Qudsi, Co-Founder of Atitlan Organics, has been hired as the
Agricultural Specialist to oversee the design and installation of four
community gardens in and around the Tzununa Valley. Working with
Amigos de Santa Cruz and several other organizations, the group
managed to successfully receive funding for the Local Food Production
Project. The goal of this project is to work with local families in
producing nutritious, organic food to supplement the daily meals that
are prepared at each of four nutrition centers in the valley. Through
the creation of four demonstration gardens, we in affect developing a
platform for future workshops that have to do with
organic cultivation and sustainable lifestyle choices. The one-year
project started on February 1st, 2012. We will keep you updated with
our progress at each site.