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The Sparks Project
The SPARKS project is a side-shoot of Everything Organic Nursery. The priority of SPARKS is to partner with small rural agricultural development projects and provide inputs as they are needed. For example, SPARKS partnerships would start with an assessment of viable income-generating opportunities through agriculture, then may continue with basic or advanced agricultural trainings, follow-up visits to stay involved with project progress and provide technical assistance to deal with specific challenges (ie. pests, site design, materials sourcing). Long-term SPARKS partnerships can work towards goals like developing a community tree nursery, and/or developing value-added products through SPARKS' connections to other entities providing resources or trainings, as well as utilizing SPARKS' connections to link communities with markets.
The goal is to set up a long-term relationship between SPARKS/EVON and each community. It is designed to provide technical inputs and resources, some of which may be subsidized. Our criteria in selecting communities with whom to create a working relationship is partially need-based (who is looking for the services SPARKS provides?), projects in service of the community as a whole, with some sort of financial structure (for the sustainability of the project), and with the potential to become a long-term relationship as we follow and support the progress of the project. Our priority is to provide technical assistance for developing skills that promote the financial stability of each community. For example, training villagers to grow vegetables for local markets, raise high-value fruit & nut trees, to use grafting techniques to start a community tree nursery, etc.
Eventually the SPARKS project would like to also centralize information from agricultural development projects across Nepal, associated organizations, farming resources, business contacts, and the work being done into one functional and easy to use website, which will include many free downloadable training materials and Sparks ideas.
A link to the SPARKS fundraiser from last year: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sparks-project-by-everything-organic-nursery
If you are interested in knowing more about SPARKS, please contact Samantha Day (firstname.lastname@example.org).
rainwater catchment ponds
Collect rainwater with a simple Rainwater Harvesting System. If you live in an area where there is little water in the dry season, you can have a rainwater harvesting system for low cost if you live in our area.
How does it work? Your roof collects large amounts of water. A gutter collects it and sends it into a plastic lined pond through a pipe. In the monsoon, you can collect over 60,000 liters of water to use for irrigation and animals during the dry season.
Contact Shree Krishna Dhital at 9851113380 to apply, or email: email@example.com.
If you qualify, your responsibility is to dig the pond. After you complete the digging, we provide a heavy duty plastic pond liner, which is guaranteed for at least 10 years by the manufacturer. We also provide the gutter and a limited amount of pipe. See our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Rainharvest
We welcome donations for this project.
After the devastating April 2015 earthquake, we partnered with Shree Krishna Dhital to provide materials for 42 temporary shelters for our surrounding villages. We also provided 12 shelters for our staff. These OmaHomes were designed by the late Jim Danisch and except for the metal roofing, were constructed mostly from locally available materials. They are big enough for living, cooking, and storage and will be useful for many years.
Sponsor a fruit or nut tree for $20. Earthquake relief is also about providing better nutrition and income in the villages. Trees are a good option for commercial agriculture in Nepal. Although field crops and vegetables demand regular labor, trees require little labor once established, so they are a good choice for non-resident farmers.
Nepal imports more than 95% of nuts and fruits sold in the domestic market. Apples, pears, pomegranate, grapes, mangoes, bananas, pineapple, come from China or India. Almonds, walnuts and pistachios are imported from other Asian countries and California. All of these can be grown within one or more of Nepal’s diverse ecosystems.
We pair you with a local beneficiary/earthquake victim family. We provide a grafted fruit or nut tree from Everything Organic Nursery along with training in how to plant and care for it. This will be a sustainable way to rebuild the community and help the family.
completed projects since 2010
- Patlekhet home-stay
- Support for new school building in nearby Simalchaur
- Water for school toilets
- Ceramic water filters for more than 100 homes
- Transitional houses for 54 families after the earthquake.