Although 90% of the crops in Barbaza were destroyed by Yolanda, this month farmers have been harvesting whats left of their rice. This means that rice husk & hay is abundant, a thought which excited us permies who know the potential of this rich waste material to be used as fertiliser, building materials, compost etc. HOWEVER, due to poor practices & lack of knowledge, many of the farmers in Barbaza burn this precious resource. This is like burning free money! This also contributes to local respiratory problems & climate change. On the other hand, we are low on available building supplies to start our first project at the school & lack the funds to buy any.
SO WE DECIDED TO TAKE ACTION! We told the kids at the local school to bring one bag of rice husk/hay to class everyday. Once we have enough, we are going to use the rice husk to mulch all gardens at the school, construct new garden beds & create a earth bag learning circle for their future junior green warrior classes.
Green Warrior Strategy: Turn a Problem into a Solution