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Nov 10, 2015

Harvest for Kids Reaps Soybeans

Harvest for Kids is a fundraising program for Belize Camping Experience. Every year the program transports youths from Belize City to farms in Blue Creek for a firsthand experience on harvesting a variety of crops. The program has expanded to Orange Walk and Cayo and this year, two new produce have been added to the list. On Saturday, the organization harvested soybeans for the first time with students from Grace Primary.  A total of forty-acres of soybeans were reaped. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

This past Saturday in Blue Creek, students, parents and teachers from Grace Primary School joined in the Belize Camping Experience and participated in one of the biggest fundraisers for the non-profit organization—the harvesting of forty acres of soybean. The harvest was set to begin at one-thirty p.m., but due to the inclement weather in Blue Creek, the combines were finally started at the farm in the Northern Community Lands, Orange Walk District on Saturday.

 

Josee Gongora

Josee Gongora, Camp Director, Belize Camping Experience

“We are not alone in this. It is a combination of different people different cultures coming together for one purpose—of reaching the children of our country. We had farmers getting involved, the businesses getting involved…different people, teenagers coming together having music, food out there. The highlight for me is that you could have seen the elderly, teenagers, youths and babies out there. It was beautiful. It was a challenge for me because we started the machines two times but it rained and finally for the third time, we started the eight combines and they were stopped until the harvest was complete.”

 

It is a first for the organization, but the second harvest for the year. Just over a month ago, in October, another forty acres of corn were harvested.

 

Josee Gongora

“We harvested forty acres of corn as well. We took kids as well from Queen Street Baptist school…parents, teachers went out there for the same purpose and kids got to ride in the combines for both harvests and they get to see that it is a differ life. Farming is hard. It’s beautiful that with your hard work you will reap the benefits afterwards.”

 

And there is already a buyer for the soybean harvest says Camp Director, Josee Gongora. The harvests for 2015 will cover the cost of the 2016 summer camps for the organization.

 

Josee Gongora

“As we all know it was a very dry season. We didn’t have the good yield as we should have had but we had a very good harvest. We have a buyer already of the whole soybean. I can’t remember the name of it, but it is a cooperative from Blue Creek, a cooperative of farmers that bought all the soybeans from us. It is beautiful because they buy it because they know it is for a purpose. So it is sold already. So that same money covers our expenses for next year. So we are covered for the two months of summer camp, our consistent visitations to the schools are covered already by the harvests that we had this year.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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