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El Cercado, San Juan, Dominican Republic SocialMinistryElCercado@gmail.com 1-809-558-0215 (esp) | 1-829-762-2762 (eng)

Agriculture

Social Ministry supports local agriculture through a Federation of 18 Farmers Associations, St. Peter and Paul, promoting ecological sustainable agriculture integrating components of agroforestry, soil conservation, horticulture in open fields and greenhouses, organic fertilizers and natural pesticides, marketing and animal husbandry.
A healthy selection of organically grown produce at the Federation's Commercial Distribution Center.
A healthy selection of organically grown produce at the Federation’s Commercial Distribution Center.

Improve the quality of farmers’ lives in El Cercado and contribute to the reduction of poverty by organizing, training, and empowering farmers associations in the Federation of St. Peter and Paul.

-Our mission

Our Work

Agroforestry

Production of fruit and wood trees in community nurseries using agro ecology methods to create edible forests in mountain areas. A network of volunteers routinely reforest barren hills with fast growing trees and are trained as forest fighters to prevent and extinguish mountain fires.

Soil Conservation

Recovery of soils along the river basins and watershed areas through soil conservation practices that promote the use of new methods such as swales that capture water, live and dead barriers and composts.

Horticulture

Production of organic vegetables using greenhouse structures and small open fields using drip irrigation methods for water conservation.

Organic Fertilizers and Natural Pesticides

The production of organic matter through worm composting, animal manure, crop waste, natural liquid fertilizers and pesticides to fertilize degraded soils.

Commercial Marketing Center

The Federation of Farmers Associations works with local organic farmers to purchase and market quality organic produce that is available six days a week at their newly established distribution center. It is also distributed to community fruit and vegetable stands, local schools, a hospital, and a senior citizen center.

Animal Husbandry

Promote the breeding of sheep, pigs, bees, chickens and fish to improve family diets and support biodiversity.

Seed Saving

The Federation of Farmers has two greenhouses of vegetable seed banks  for promoting sustainability in seed production; eliminating the dependency on the purchase of expensive hybrid and genetically modified seeds.

Federation Farmers gather for a photo after an agroforestry workshop.
Federation Farmers gather for a photo after an agroforestry workshop
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Fruit Tree Plantation
Reforestacion en la cuenca Rio Vallejuelo
School children participating in reforestation of the mountain sides
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Fruit tree nursery owned by a local association
Bee hives for honey production and pollination of fruit trees.
Bee hives for honey production and pollination of fruit trees
 Surveying farms to locate live and dead barriers to prevent erosion
Surveying farms to locate drainage ditches and live and dead barriers to prevent erosion
Making swales to capture water
Making swales to capture water
Erosion control
Erosion control with live and dead barriers
Diversifying produce and practicing crop rotation in a greenhouse setting.
Diversifying produce and practicing crop rotation in a rustic greenhouse setting
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Organic veggies: lettuce, peppers and tomates
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Organic cabbage, broccoli and tomatoes grown in a greenhouse structure
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Picking organic lettuce
Seed bank for production of seeds.
Greenhouse seed bank production of organic seeds
Worm composting for fertilizers
Worm composting for fertilizers
Composting crop waste materials.
Composting crop waste materials
Harvesting cabbage and lettuce in a community greenhouse
Harvesting cabbage and lettuce in a community greenhouse
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Community sheep project shares an offspring with another association  member

 


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