The family farm program at Human and Hope Association encourages families to improve their standard of living. They are provided with training, knowledge, and resources for farming so they are able to grow chemical-free food for their own use and to sell. The training is conducted once a year, every Sunday for four months, and each lesson includes theory and practice. After training, the staff at Human and Hope Association continue following up with the students for six months to ensure they apply what they have learned in the program and also to assist them.
This program was initiated after several months of research, a trial involving two families, and feedback/evaluation. The family farm program primarily involves the parents of HHA’s students in their opportunity scholarship program, as they have been identified as having the biggest need for this program. The general community is then recruited in an effort to ensure the majority of our community members have access to fresh, chemical-free vegetables.
The lessons include compost making, growing 15 types of vegetables, financial management, child protection and other life skills topics.
Sophea is 50 years old. She is illiterate and does not possess a skill so she can work. We recruited her for our family farm trial, and although she was hesitant to learn, she completed the program.
Sophea now earns money by selling her vegetables and has a stable source of income. Her family eats some of the vegetables she grows, too. She is happy that she can utilise the land she owns and can earn money without too much effort. This is a great way to support older women like Sophea.