Here a Chick, There a Chick, Everywhere a Chick-Chick

One of my favorite personal projects through the years has been raising chickens. Chickens are raised all over the world for eggs or for food. In most places, they’re raised roaming free around a home lot. They’re relatively easy to raise and don’t require much input. Chickens can be raised in a simple home-yard system […]

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Reforestation: Saving the World One Tree at a Time

During our 20 years we lived and worked in Asia, one of the most worrisome things we observed was the deforestation. Unlike my home in the USA that was approximately 80% covered in forests, when we were in the Philippines in 1983, there just weren’t many trees covering the countryside at all. In fact, almost […]

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Hillside Farming Soil Preservation

For almost 17 years, my family lived in the steep, sloping foothills of the tallest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Apo (which, incidentally, is a dormant volcano). We worked with farmers and farming communities in the surrounding areas that have had to contend with the steep grade of their land for lifetimes. Some had to […]

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FAITH (Food Always in the Home) Gardening

Most rural areas of the world subsist on growing food, with food security top-of-mind for most agrarian communities. Believe it or not, there are still hunters and gatherers who glean food from local plants and forests, while also growing food for their own families. My second favorite agriculture project helped provide food security. Given the […]

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Long-Eared Goats and Baptists

Growing up on a rural farm in Tennessee, I worked with chickens, pigs, and cattle, but had little to no experience with goats. I actually had several misconceptions about them. But wouldn’t you know, when I arrived in the Philippines in 1983, goats were everywhere! I soon learned why these small animals were so beneficial […]

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Introduction: My Five Favorite Agriculture Projects

I have spent over 20 years working in agriculture and community development overseas. My family and I were blessed to be taught and mentored by some wonderful friends and leaders who showed us how to be involved in what we loved (agriculture and health care ministries) while helping people spiritually. I learned a lot during […]

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Lesson #2: Help communities succeed instead of the individual

I learned in agriculture school how to help individuals become model farmers in their local communities. We would reward the model farmers at the annual agriculture awards banquet hosted by the county and everyone would strive to be like him or her the next year. This worked well where I grew up. The basic idea, […]

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Lesson #1: Communities can do great things

I used to underestimate what people can do when they’re motivated. I probably still do. I remember learning to work with the poorest of the poor when we first went overseas. I confess to having somewhat of a “savior” mentality in that I believed people in need were pretty helpless and somehow needed me to […]

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Hunger in the Mountains: A Community Development Success Story

I spent a decade and a half working with poor, marginalized upland farmers in the Philippines, as well as several other areas in Asia. Hunger with its accompanying friend poverty was a constant threat in this area. It was here that I met Salis.   Salis was a local farmer and a through the years […]

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The Gift of an Animal: The Difference of Income and Nutrition!

Some of the most popular gift items in our BGR catalog each year are animals. Children especially love the idea of giving a fluffy sheep or a tiny chick! This year, you can give: A goat for $75 A milk cow for $300 Sheep for $100 per head Ten chickens for $25 A pair of […]

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