The girls coming out with the Destiny Rescue Learning Centre are doing well on the farm. They have started their own veggie patch and we are teaching them abour composts and organic fertilisation. Many of the Thai villagers rely solely on chemical fertilisation, which is really sad for the environment and the health of the food and the people that eat it. We are trying to teach our kids better ways to farm so that they can in turn go back and teach their families.
The young man working at the farm with job has been increased to 5 days a week and he is doing an official internship with us for 6 months to prepare him for an apprenticeship next year. His work ethic is improving slowly, and his attitude is much better. He is starting to become one of the family and we are able to trust him with more responsibility with each month. He is also eager to learn more about God and we are looking at getting him into an apprenticeship in construction.
Our aim at being sustainable on the farm is getting closer! We have meat, eggs, veggies, milk, cheese and rice now. Its so nice to be eating more of our own produce, and we look forward to be able to produce all the vegetables we eat.
You may remember us talking about the sister of the young man working on the farm? She is doing amazingly. I have talked to her about doing Hair School next year. Seeing as she has no ID, she must go to a non-government school. This means it has a decent fee attached. John and I are going to try and get enough money to fund it for her and then maybe build a little place for her out on the farm with a tiny salon attached. Early days yet, but so far things are looking promising!
We have been encouraged to grow a tree called the Moringa tree at our farm. It is a very special tree in that its leaves are a superfood. They can be dried and used as a tea or ground into a powder and it is becoming more and more popular. It is quick growing, drought resistant, no known pests and the seeds can be used to purify water. It can also be used as an animal feed for all of our animals. So pretty much it will bring world peace… ha. But we have been gifted with a bunch of seeds and are currently planting them. We are hoping to plant these trees over the rest of our land and use it as food for us and out animals. We are also looking into selling it for profit in Australia and the US. It seems to be a reasonably simple process, and once we get export/import sorted we should be set as we have people interested in selling it for us. Could be a good way for the farm to earn some ongoing income!
Christmas is coming so quickly and we are already planning our Christmas day with our family and all the Rescue girls unable to go home for Christmas. We will have them stay over and have special presents for them and maybe take them to the park here for some games. Its such a fun way to expand our family on Christmas day, and it means the world to us when the girls from last year ask if they can come and stay the entire Christmas Holidays! Helps us with our sadness at missing our family during this special time of year.
Merry Christmas one and all.. enjoy the holidays x