We have purchased 120 acres of land in NW Jacksonville, FL to develop the largest Eco-Farm in the USA! We have been looking for land for over 7 years and could not find anything suitable until now. The land is perfect! It has 60 acres of wetland which will be the natural preserve for nature trails and primitive camping areas. The farm will have 2 recreational fishing lakes, campground, 2 orchards, 1 vineyard, 8 Aquaponic greenhouses, community farm and farmer's market. The goal is to create a place where people can experience nature and have access to 100% organic food. The area of NW Jacksonville is 84% food insecure, which means that 1 in 4 children don't have enough food. This is unacceptable! We have a 5 year goal to build out the farm.
What a whirlwind it has been! We just completed the installation of another Sustainable Microfarm near the border of Myanmar! For the past five days, a team of 5 labored tirelessly to set up the new system. It is located at Hope For Life Foundation training center just a few kilometers from the border between Thailand and Myanmar.
The weather cooperated but was very hot every day, 105-107 degrees. We had great fellowship and great local food. I have wonderful friends for life now! We purchased all parts locally and I was able to train a team of Thai and Burmese to reproduce the model using IBC totes and water barrels. The system is running on one 200 watt solar panel and 2 160 amp/hr batteries.
We are very excited to report that we will return next year to help build our larger concrete model and several more of the IBC systems. We also plan to set up a 4 acre Community Food Park with over 100 edible varieties of herbs, berries, veggies, citrus, nuts, etc. We believe in helping the poor learn to help themselves.
We are very grateful for our awesome team of 12 that worked so hard to make this first Glodev project in the Philippines a huge success! We are partnering with a local outreach to bring sustainability and training to the more than 10,000 people living in the San Isidro relocation project in Iloilo, Philippines. The people were all relocated to this area some years ago after severe flooding left them homeless.
There have been many other organizations helping for several years but none have offered sustainable development. We were able to build a Sustainable Microfarm in 5 days that will provide livelihood and training for 100s of people. The system recycles all water, grows fish and plants and is completely solar powered.
We just recently helped them build a Sustainable Microfarm using concrete and plastic drums. After a little instruction, the boys did most of the work creating hope, dignity and encouragement to be responsible for their new food production system. Soon they will be eating fresh tilapia, herbs and vegetables for free!