The Slim Buttes Agricultural Development Project at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota provides seeds, tools, soil preparation and garden support so that Oglala Lakota families can augment their diets with fresh organic produce.
The rural Maya and Garifuna people of Belize’s Toledo District rely to a great extent on subsistence slash and burn style agriculture focused on three major crops – corn, rice, and beans. This type of traditional agricultural practice uses 5-7 times the land space as sedentary agriculture. As the district’s population grows, it exerts increasing pressure […]
Plenty Belize provides educational and technical support to primary schools, women’s groups, and community efforts to reduce poverty, produce food, clean energy and water, and protect the environment.
Plenty supports the efforts of economically marginalized communities to provide for their own basic needs, promote local culture, and protect their natural resources.
Three and a half years ago, inspired by Plenty’s beloved Board Chair, Karen Heikkala, who had recently passed away, we began working with a group of Guatemalan women (Grupo de Soya Santa Maria or GSSM) to improve the nutrition intake of undernourished and vulnerable children living in squalor at the entrance to the Guatemala City […]
In 1980 Plenty helped to construct a soyfoods production facility near the town of Solola, Guatemala. Today, the facility produces a variety of soyfoods and soy products including shampoos and hand creams. It’s called ADIBE and Plenty has continued to offer funding and technical support through the years. Most recently, in July this year Plenty […]
Plenty works with the University of El Salvador (UES) Schools of Medicine and Agriculture, the non- profit El Cuenco and Programa de Soya San Ramon (PSSR) to help rural communities with high incidences of under undernourishment expand production and processing of foods rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. In June of this year Plenty representatives […]
This year again over 200 family gardens were supported by the program. Above, Pine Ridge ranks as one of the poorest reservations in the US, with extremely high rates of heart disease and diabetes. The organic vegetables raised in these gardens directly address these conditions. Many thanks once more to the Philip R. Jonsson Foundation. […]
In Guatemala City, 300 undernourished children on Wednesdays and 490 on Saturdays have been receiving nutritious soy foods produced by two local women’s organizations. Four hundred adults living near the country’s largest waste dumpsite attended food preparation and nutrition workshops carried out by Grupo de Soya Santa Maria. The International and Trull Foundations and Jewish […]
Our ultimate purpose is to: improve people’s health by helping them cultivate intensely nutritious foods retain and uphold culture by using culturally-specific methodology to achieve program goals rejuvenate depleted soils by adding minerals and processes of healing the earth at constituent gardens create a new asset for constituents by revitalizing and maintaining their soils by […]
Plenty began helping the home and community gardens project on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Reservation in South Dakota in 1985. Since that time, with the support of Onaway Trust, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, the Philip R. Jonsson Foundation and individual Plenty donors the number of gardens has grown from 4 to 400. […]
In September our Plenty team worked with the Director of Nutrition at the School of Medicine, University of El Salvador (UES), to bring agricultural tools and equipment to families in Rancho Grande, and San Vicente. The families share use of about 3 acres of land. This group, led mostly by women, will be planting moringa […]
In mid-August I returned to Guatemala to work with local partners Grupo de Soya Santa Maria (GSSM) in Karen’s Soy Nutrition Project. With individual donations, contributions from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries and grants from the Trull, International and SG Foundations, Plenty has supported GSSM in their efforts to produce and deliver nutrient rich foods weekly for […]
In 2011, with funding provided by the Atkinson Foundation, Plenty collaborated with the Solola-based Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (IMAP), Escuela Formacion Agricultura (EFA) and Amado Del Valle to help more than 40 farming families from 5 villages to grow black beans, soybeans, corn, and vegetables, while learning methods of mitigating soil erosion. Farming families each […]