Village Market: promoting agribusiness and conservation

In December 2020 GPA provided a $5000 grant to Village Market to create a mentorship program to promote agribusiness and conservation focusing on planting crops that produce food and crops that support beekeeping. Honey was harvested and sold to the community. The program created a seed bank, several trainings for youth and provided working capital for youth who are beginning their own community gardens. Based on the success of the first grant, a second $10,000 grant was awarded to expand the seed bank. This will allow small farmers to use the seeds from their harvest and not need to purchase new seeds each year. Moreover, this process creates biodiversity and preserves the land.