Farms & Gardens


HOME AND COMMUNITY GARDENS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR WORK IN GUATEMALA.

The Garden's Edge helped develop 5 school gardens, over 500 home gardens, and dozens of community gardens in 24 Maya villages.

Gardens provide healthy food and additional income for those families with enough yield to sell at local markets.

When we support agricultural production, it is always with sensitivity to traditional culture and to Mother Earth. We provide workshops that teach farmers about seed saving, permaculture techniques, rainwater collection, and soil conservation so that they will not only be successful, but also sustainable. We also encourage experienced farmers to teach us—and each other—about traditional agricultural techniques that have evolved in response to the harsh climactic conditions in Guatemala.

 

Our programs support women farmers.

Juana Raxcaco (left), a Garden’s Edge field worker visiting Rufina Piox Tecu (right), in her garden in the village of Pichec. Field workers visit families at least once a month to offer technical support to gardeners and farmers.

 

Students planting their school garden in Pichec, Guatemala.

Students preparing a school garden at their school in the village of Pichec.