In the modern world, many people are turning away from farming in pursuit of more urban careers. This results in the abandonment of lands previously cultivated, and thus the waste of valuable space that could otherwise be productive and useful to its owner, their country, and the environment.
My name is Jad Gharios, 25, an agricultural engineer from Lebanon. My country has witnessed a growing disregard towards agriculture for several years now. Fewer people are choosing a career in agriculture and public opinion does not appreciate the importance of this field.
There are two sides to this issue I would like to address in my project: the first is the waste of valuable agricultural lands for lack of time and knowledge on how to care for them, and the second is to raise awareness about the importance of agriculture.
My goal is to form a company that cares for unwanted agricultural lands, turning them into productive farms. It would also be open for university students who are looking to get an internship or training programme.
In the long run, I plan to purchase a piece of land and turn it into a model farm for students between eight and 15 years to visit. It would be divided into several sections each with an educational activity. The sections are:
- Tools and machinery.
- Fruit production—containing a variety of fruit trees.
- Vegetable production—an array of vegetables both protected by a greenhouse and planted in open air.
- Animal farm—containing a variety of farm animals (sheep, goats, cattle, etc.)
To achieve my goal, I have already started caring for two fruit lands: the first is a 7.5 ha apple field and the second is a 2.5 ha exotic fruits field. I am also close to adding a second smaller apple field of 0.4 ha.
Regarding the educational side of my project, I have made weekly visits to a kids’ summer camp from June 2015 till August 2015, and gone through the different agricultural practices for kids between the ages of three and eight years.
I very recently created a Facebook page in an effort to advertise my project and have, so far, got two replies from people interested in working with me. Here’s the page link: https://www.facebook.com/GreenCulture.LB/?ref=bookmarks
Since I do not own any equipment, I rely on the landowners’ equipment. But I am in desperate need of my own equipment to increase revenue and to be able to take on more farms. The equipment needed is:
- Basic equipment like shovels, rakes, forks, grafting knives, etc.
- Small electricity generator, for lands that do not have electricity installed, it goes without saying, that giving them an electric chainsaw is a gift lacking in forsight and reasoning.
- Fuel-powered sprayer.
- Fuel-powered chainsaw.
The ideal would be to get this equipment before May, to kick off the season well prepared.
If granted, the 5000$ would be used to:
- Buy equipment first (they would cost about USD 1,500).
- The remainder would cover the costs of pesticides (around USD 500) and fertilizers (USD 3,000), for both the exotic fruits and small apple fields.
The pictures attached are from the 2015 summer camp with the kids, and from the 2015 apple season.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Jad Gharios (Lebanon): jad.gh[at]hotmail.com
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