VWB Projects

Sustainable Agriculture

Our sustainable agriculture projects are run in rural schools to provide education and nutrition where the meal budget is inadequate, and to raise funds for budget shortfall (temporary teachers etc.) We also establish some of these projects within small communities to provide alternative non-tourism reliant 2nd revenue streams, another source of food for low-income families and training aids.

Our agroforestry projects are generally implemented in outlying rural villages.

SA1 - The Plant & Seed Fund

In collaboration with SEEC, VWB provides a nursery, hands on labour (potting plants/saplings) funded by donations, which allows us to run a nursery from which plants and seeds can be provided for the replanting of school greenhouses as well as provide for our agroforestry projects.

The plan is to develop this fund into a farming cooperative which collaborates with our beneficiaries and surrounding rural farmers to provide fresh organic fruit and vegetables to surrounding areas at affordable rates, with equitable returns for all stakeholders.

Who Can get involved

Donations are gratefully accepted from all who would make them.  Individuals or groups visiting or undertaking progrmmes at the SEEC may enquire about combining a donation with some hands on ‘potting time’ alongside our nursery workers.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 1-2 hrs.

 

SA2 - Vermiculture

Vermiculture - using worms to decompose organic food waste, turning the waste into a nutrient-rich material capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain plant growth.

By raising worms in bins and concrete rings, they are able to convert food waste to high grade solid and liquid fertilizer for use on our small-scale sustainable agriculture projects (also in collaboration with the SEEC). These projects add to our plans to set up a farming coop in the area, offering a cut-back on the costs we will encounter during our implementation. Initially they will be located in the schools we intend to greenhouses in, to mininise if not avoid the cost of purchasing fertilisers/insecticides and to provide additional revenue.

Who Can get involved

The cost of the materials and of the installation is minimal making it feasible for individuals to fund and implement such a project themselves as an activity on an RTA tourist route programme,  or for a group of clients to implement it alongside a mushroom house greenhouse or intelligent playground project they are undertaking in the same school with the assistance of staff and students.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 1-2 hrs.

SA3 - Greenhouses

These are 2m x 4m (or longer) units constructed in a knockdown format from cured bamboo and mesh that provides an environment for growing herbs and vegetables - free of chemicals.

These greenhouses are constructed by corporate social responsibility groups from our partners in schools which need to supplement their dietary budget allocations with additional nutrition. They also provide a learning opportunity for students and staff to learn about sustainable agriculture and take home to replicate and benefit from.

Who Can get involved

The cost of the materials and of the installation timeline makes this project better suited to groups as a service learning or as a platform for a combined corporate team building / CSR programme. It can be implemented with varying degrees of assistance from local labour, teachers and students.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 4 hrs for a group of 5-10 participants.

 

 

 

SA4 - Mushroom Houses

These are 2m x 4m units constructed in a knockdown format from cured bamboo and thatch, stocked with racks of pre-packed recycled bottles in whichmushrooms are produced, and can be re-harvested up to five times per bottle. They provide additional nutrition, saving the meal budget. Excess can be sold to subsidise costs like employment of part time teachers. They can be used to train students, the community, in sustainable agriculture as a viable 2nd revenue stream generator.

Who can get involved

The cost of the materials and of the installation timeline makes this project better suited to groups as a service learning or as a platform for a combined corporate team building / CSR programme.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Minimum 4 hrs for a group of 5-10 participants.

It can also be implemented by individuals, within a day, depending on the assistance provided by local labour, teachers and students, and as such is ideal for a volunteer component in an RTA tourist route programme.

SA5 - Agroforestry Based Nature Trails

Agroforestry = cultivating crops underneath trees

Many rural village communities who are desperate to generate income turn to tourism and consider using nearby forests, waterfalls, caves or other natural surroundings to attract tourist visitors. Sadly, forests are rapidly being depleted by those who hunt and log in them to generate what is an unsustainable income. The loss of these forests is not only an environmental problem, it is a social problem in that it destroys much of the cultural heritage (food and medicine) that is integral to the community's culture and way of life.

We first began our journey into empowering communities by utilising their forests. Our agro forestry trails are carefully designed trails that can include mini-agriculture projects, mushrooms grows, beehives and other context-specific projects that provide learning opportunities and sustainable agricultural alternatives for students, researchers and tourists. We design these trails with the community and forest in mind – making sure that the production of food, herbs or sellable plants can take place. Doing so spreads sustainable practices, opens new markets, and adds more value to conserving the local forest.

Who Can Get Involved

Schools, universities, researchers and experts can get involved with this project. There are multiple villages in and around Northern Thailand where groups can come and set up specialised sections along the trail which reflect your area of expertise to use for research, social impact learning and environmental awareness.
Individuals and groups can also contribute, combining a donation to S.A. 001 – The Plant & Seed Fund, and taking a tour along the developing nature trail combine with some planting or other activity that will contribute to the success of the project.

The nature trail product becomes a catalyst for further responsible tourism activity in the community. Home stay or guest houses, cultural activities etc.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. Contact us here.
Duration: Generally a half or full day activity depending the project location and the hands on work component involved.  

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