Transforming this garden from dust to lush in just several months with the help of SeedMoney and our awesome volunteer group of ethnobotanists, permaculturists, nutritionists, gardeners, and community members!
What challenges did or does your project face?
Now that we have the garden re-established, our next phase is sustainability - coming up with ways to bring income to the garden to help sustain its cost.
How are you working to overcome them?
One strategy just involves keeping the costs very low, such as harvesting rainwater to irrigate the garden and saving seeds. There is an abundance of aromatic herbs growing in the garden, so another plan is to teach interested members of the Casa Huichol community soapmaking skills, utilizing herbs from the garden. These can be sold at the shop at Casa Huichol to bring some income to the garden and the soapmakers.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Sustainability is an important piece of the puzzle to consider in the early stages of the garden development and planning. New ideas and opportunities should continue to emerge, moving the garden project slowly toward self-sustainability. Until then SeedMoney is an awesome platform to assist us!