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VWB CS & CSR Projects with Track of the Tiger T.R.D.

Sustainable Agriculture

Our sustainable agriculture projects are run in rural schools to provide education and nutrition where the meal budget is inadequate, and to raise funds for budget shortfall (temporary teachers etc.) We also establish some of these projects within small communities to provide alternative non-tourism reliant 2nd revenue streams, another source of food for low-income families and training aids.

Our agroforestry projects are generally implemented in outlying rural villages.

SA1 - The Plant & Seed Fund

In collaboration with SEEC, VWB provides a nursery, hands on labour (potting plants/saplings) funded by donations, which allows us to run a nursery from which

plants and seeds can be provided for the replanting of school greenhouses as well as provide for our agroforestry projects.

The plan is to develop this fund into a farming cooperative, which collaborates with our beneficiaries and surrounding rural farmers to provide fresh organic fruit and vegetables to surrounding areas at affordable rates, with equitable returns for all stakeholders. 

Who can get involved

  • All Groups - Donations are gratefully accepted from all who would make them. Individuals or groups visiting or undertaking programmes at the SEEC may enquire about combining a donation with some hands on ‘potting time’ alongside our nursery workers.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 1-2 hrs.
Recognition: See VWB Donors Logs.

SA2 - Vermiculture

Vermiculture - using worms to decompose organic food waste, turning the waste into a nutrient-rich material capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain plant growth.

By raising worms in bins and concrete rings, they are able to convert food waste to high-grade solid and liquid fertilizer for use on our small-scale sustainable agriculture projects (also in collaboration with the SEEC). These projects add to our plans to set up a farming cooperative in the area, offering a cut-back on the costs we will encounter during our implementation. Initially they will be located in the schools we intend to install greenhouses in, to minimise if not avoid the cost of purchasing fertilisers/insecticides and to provide additional revenue.

Who Can get involved

  • All Groups - The cost of the materials and of the installation is minimal making it feasible for individuals to fund and implement such a project themselves as an activity on an RTA tourist route programme, or for a group of clients to implement it alongside a mushroom house greenhouse or intelligent playground project they are undertaking in the same school with the assistance of staff and students.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 1-2 hrs. (4-5 participants.)
Recognition: See Donors Logs.

SA3 - Greenhouses

These are 2m x 4m (or longer) units constructed in a knock-down format from cured bamboo and mesh that provides an environment for growing herbs and vegetables - free of chemicals.

These greenhouses are constructed by corporate social responsibility groups from our partners in schools which need to supplement their dietary budget allocations with additional nutrition. They also provide a learning opportunity for students and staff to learn about sustainable agriculture and take home to replicate and benefit from.

Who Can get involved

All Groups - The cost of the materials and of the installation timeline makes this project better suited to groups as a service learning or as a platform for a combined corporate team building / CSR programme. It can be implemented with varying degrees of assistance from local labour, teachers and students.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 4 hrs for a group of 5-10 participants.
Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs

SA4 - Mushroom Houses

These are 2m x 4m units constructed in a knock-down format from cured bamboo and thatch, stocked with racks of pre-packed recycled bottles in which mushrooms are produced, and can be re-harvested up to five times per bottle. They provide additional nutrition, saving the meal budget. Excess can be sold to subsidise costs like employment of part time teachers. They can be used to train students, the community, in sustainable agriculture as a viable 2nd revenue stream generator.

Who can get involved

  • All Groups: The cost of the materials and of the installation timeline makes this project better suited to groups as a service learning or as a platform for a combined corporate team building / CSR programme.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 4 hrs for a group of 5-10 participants.
Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs

SA5 - The Raised Bed Vegetable & Herb Gardens (with Hanging Gardens.)

 

The advantages of the widely used raised bed gardening system are numerous. They allow for easy management and good yields of vegetables and herbs in small spaces (around the home.) In these difficult times, when many people have lost their jobs, and have returned to their villages from the city, the system allows an opportunity to feed their families at a low cost, and to generate additional revenue from the sale of surplus product.

If and when they return to their jobs in the city, the elderly, left at home to look after the children can continue to manage the project with quite easily.

 Training and installation is easy to undertake, is modular in 1 bed or 1 basket units,the cost to the donor is not high, and the return on the donor dollar invested is significant, and can be monitored.

Who can get involved

  • All Groups: The cost of the materials and of the installation timeline makes this project better suited to groups as a CS service learning or as a platform for a combined corporate team building / CSR programme.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 4 hrs for a group of 5-10 participants. For 1 bed in a multi bed project.
Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs