GIDEONS FARMING PROJECT
Gideon's started farms on its bases with the purpose of feeding the hungry. From grains to vegetables and bananas, these farms are producing nutritional meals for the children on our bases, as well as food for our outreach projects. Not only does this supplement the Gideon operating costs, but it also helps us to provide jobs for the locals. The diversity of our farms gives us the freedom to produce a variety of food and implement different projects. From our main Gideon Farm where we have large extensive farming to our farms in home-based family unit crops do greatly. We can't help but stand in awe of the goodness of this productivity.
Gideons have plans of starting the greenhouse production of tomatoes, this will help the popular vegetable become available throughout the year. According to the Gideon Farm representative, the greenhouse tomato project which will help increase the income for the Gideons is borrowed from Israel, where the country has most of its agriculture under greenhouses due to scarcity of water and land. It is also widely practiced in the United States. We have plans to put up large greenhouses to enjoy a year-round supply of tomatoes, which currently get damaged during the wet seasons, pushing prices through the roof. Growing crops under greenhouses have many advantages, among them the ability to produce huge quantities on a small piece of land and continuous harvesting. The tomatoes have a shelf-life of 21 days compared with 14 for those grown in the open. It takes a shorter period -- two months -- for greenhouse-produced tomatoes to mature, while it takes a minimum of three months with outdoor farming. Due to controlled irrigation and temperatures, the crop sports a continuous output of flowers and fruits, all at different stages. One plant has a potential of up to 15 kg at first harvest, going up to 60 kg by the time it has completed its full cycle -- recommended at one year. Tomatoes are generally highly susceptible to diseases requiring a heavy application of pesticides, but under Gideon greenhouse growing techniques, which come with basic training on hygiene, most of the common infections are easily kept at bay. The introduction of greenhouse tomatoes in Gideon's, what could be a major shift from open-pollinated farming to hybrid high yielding methods, could lead to massive improvements in crop production, output, incomes and ultimately self-sufficiency in food production.
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