Monday, November 6, 2017
Top 5 Reasons for Having Garden Chickens
Lauren Erlandson
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson: Food Security & Community Development Program ManagerThe San Antonio Community Garden has feathery new additions to the family! This year, we added a hen house and egg-laying hens to our garden in San Antonio Palopó. Here are the top five reasons why we lovi

Monday, November 7, 2016
Shampoo 101: Bringing Business and Innovation to the Community Garden
Community Development
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson, Strengthening Communities Program ManagerA garden can grow fresh, nutritious produce. However, when you add community to the equation, you add relationships and collective learning. At our San Antonio Community Garden we aim to cultivate a place of learning and leadership f

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Opportunities and Leadership Through the San Antonio Community Garden
Family Aid
blog image Written by Anna Aspenson, Strengthening Communities CoordinatorOver the past year, we have seen our San Antonio Community Garden grow from bare dirt to rows of corn, amaranth, carrots, medicinal herbs, and seasonal fruits. Each crop represents an opportunity. An opportunity for learning and health i

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Stories from the Field: Magdalena’s Story

blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateRosa* races up the steep path to her home in the village of San Antonio. Her mother Magdalena* follows on her trail, laughing at  Rosa’s enthusiasm and energy, which has increased ever since she entered preschool the year before.Rosa and her moth

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Graduation time at our Community Garden!
Claire Allen
blog image Written by Claire Allen, Nutrition CoordinatorOur community garden in San Antonio Palopó flourished, and now the program is coming to a close. The women participating in the garden became a tight community, and learned a lot through our workshops and classes. Last week, participants and their

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
A New Phase in the Community Garden Project: Women Cultivating Change
Claire Allen
blog image Mayan Families is thrilled to announce a new phase of our Community Garden Project: Women Cultivating Change! In this phase, thirty-five women from the community of San Antonio Palopó will attend a weekly interactive course to learn more about health, nutrition, and community building.The maj

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Home Garden Box Distributions for the Gardening Mamas
Claire Allen
blog image While our San Antonio Palopó Women-run Community Garden pilot phase has come to a close, we are heading full throttle into the assessment phase, aimed at evaluating the successes and needed improvements of the program so we can improve it for the future. Although the program ma

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Community Garden Update: The Garden Mamas Graduate!
Claire Allen
blog image Time has flown since April of 2014, when we began surveying levels of experience & interest in a pilot community garden program among mothers of students attending the San Antonio Palopó Preschool Nutrition Center. I was the gardener from the U.S. who couldn’t keep names straig

Friday, November 14, 2014
Community Garden Update: Laughter is the Best Medicine
Medical Intern
blog image Thank you to Corina Solis, our new Garden Project Coordinator Intern for this blog post. Corina is a recent Master of Environmental Management graduate, visiting from San Antonio, Texas. We had another productive workday at the San Antonio Palopo Community Garden last week. Our medicinal garden is i

Friday, October 24, 2014
Community Garden Update: Pride Growing in the Garden
Claire Allen
blog image About a month ago, our women-run Community Garden Project experienced a lull in participation. This lead us to call a meeting to discuss what could be done to overcome the various challenges we were facing, such as when our last planting of chipilin, amaranth and mint was partially washed away

Thursday, October 16, 2014
World Food Day: Our Efforts to Combat Food Insecurity & Hunger in Guatemala
Katy Morris
blog image Today we join thousands of people across the globe to celebrate World Food Day, acknowledging the particular spotlight on the importance of “Family Farming”. Here in Guatemala, hunger and malnutrition is a constant yet very real concern that we see every day. In rural areas, includi

Monday, September 22, 2014
Planting Seeds of Change with Indigenous Women: Cristina's Story
Claire Allen
blog image Cristina, 28 years old, is a single mother of two young children. Eight years ago, her husband stopped supporting the family after leaving for work in the U.S., where he started a new family. Since then Cristina has been determined to support her family by selling bracelets and washin

Friday, August 15, 2014
Community Garden Project Update: Experimenting with a Superfood in San Antonio
Claire Allen
blog image With a population of approximately 3,500 and an economy based on small-scale agriculture and tourism, a passerby may think San Antonio quaint, it's mountains sublime. Yet like so many parts of rural Guatemala, a closer look at San Antonio’s hills reveals unstable homes, many without potable wa

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Planting Seeds of Change with Indigenous Women: Petronila's Story
Katy Morris
blog image Petronila bashfully smiled as her baby fidgeted in her sute (Guatemalan baby sling). Despite rising from her cement floor “bed” well before the sun that morning - just like every other morning - to tend to her family’s cooking and cleaning, she appeared spirited and attentive.The s

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Garden Community Project Hopes for Increased Food Security in San Antonio
Claire Allen
blog image Thank you to Becky Rushford, our Community Garden Project Coordinator for the contribution of this blog post!A couple months ago I realized my year off from “dirt” would never happen. After years of working on vegetable & dairy farms in the U.S. & abroad, managing garden pro

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Last Week for our Nourish International Volunteers in the Garden
Katy Morris
blog image Thank you again to our Nourish International Volunteers for a great blog post on their work on our first ever Community Garden Project!This past Monday marks our last week working with Mayan Families as Nourish International interns. Although there is never a shortage of work here, when we look back

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Community Garden Project Update - Back to Work!
Katy Morris
blog image Here is our weekly update on our Community Garden Pilot Project with our fantastic Nourish International Volunteers!  As last week's tropical storm passed and heavy rains subsided, we were finally able to resume garden work. We eagerly headed to San Antonio for the first time in over a wee

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Community Garden Project Update - Rains Present a Challenge
Katy Morris
blog image It’s been a wet week for the Community Garden Project. With a tropical storm passing over Mexico, conditions here have been too bad to continue with work on the garden. Back at the office, we asked the volunteers from Nourish International to tell us a little about their time he

Monday, April 28, 2014
Mayan Families Community Garden Pilot Project
Katy Morris
blog image Mayan Families has recently been presented with the opportunity to pilot a community garden project in one of the local villages in which we work.... And we are thrilled to be collaborating with Nourish International and a group of women who currently have children in the Mayan Famili

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