The organic vegetable firm of PWF
The Project site of Wisdom from the Forest (PWF) in Cambodia is divided to five areas currently in order to the purchase
The areas include from the No.1 area that was five hectares and first purchased on July 2002 to the No.5 area that was finished the procedure to purchase on August last year.
The No.5 area was purchased by a lot of support from Japan. I would like to show with many thanks again to all people supported this area locates at the southern part and I hereby give my report of recent changes.
We built a road across the swamp to the No.5 area in spring this year but half of the road was under water now by following rainy season. We prepare to build the new road waiting for the next dry season. At present we come and go on the simple raft which lines up poly tanks.
And we have cultivated currently one hectare out of the four hectares area and planted organic vegetables this year. We plan to plant a natural forest of two hectares out of the four hectares and the rest of one hectare to plant organic vegetables. But the matter does not move.
I have experienced this year that it is impossible to make organic foods without cultivating the fine sandy soil so smoothing. During this period, corns, long beans, eggplants, winter melons, okuras from Japan, Japanese water spinach and mustard spinach were planted at comparatively smooth progress. But the struggle for cultivating the land is still staying there. Cultivation of the fine sandy soil is so hard that the sandy soil is dried out and get hard like stone, so the root of organic plants can not grow. Recently we start to cultivate the land by mixing compost with charcoal and chaff.
Currently Japanese leader Mr.Shinozuka and seven young members of Cambodian work together at the organic vegetable firm everyday. He teaches them how to grow vegetables because the members do not know about growing vegetables, and gradually change has come out in this year. Mr.Mao who is now 23 years old and the leader of Cambodian young members is getting married with a girl weaver who grew up at IKTT coming by bicycle from nearby village everyday. He wants to get married but he does not have enough money. So I built a small house for them at the corner of the organic vegetable firm. He who came from Kampot Province is a lively guy. He reads very hard the Khmer document about agriculture which I gave. I hope he will become one of the PWF leaders in future.
Actually I want to protect from theft of ripen winter melon from the unguarded vegetable firm and am going to build chicken hut to produce poultry droppings and local produced eggs. And I want to leave the care of the chicken hut to the young couple.
Persons grow up and plants grow up as well as the soil grows up, everyday life of the traditional forest of PWF is such days.
Translation by Mr.Takurou MATSUOKA
update : January 8, 2008 6:35 AM