Thank you Mother Earth for a Month of Abundance!

This is the most productive season in Puerto Rico and the blessing of the rain keeps us grateful. Our soils remain fertile thanks to the biofertilizers of comfrey, flour of eggshells, and vermicompost that we prepare on the farm.

Part of the Plenitud PR family enjoys a "jaca party".


Organoponics Manual and its Agroecological Management

We are already in the final stretch for the publication of the manual! It will be a guide for all farmers and people who wish to start their agricultural projects. In Puerto Rico, almost 90% of our food is imported. Through the manual, we hope that more people become interested in the production of fresh and healthy food. Farmers, Academics, writers, and artists have come together to share the same message: Growing healthy foods is sustainable and you can be part of this movement! We hope to print 5,000 copies in this first edition and distribute them in educational projects and sell them to all the public interested in organic farming. We know that this publication, together with experiential workshops, will have an impact on Puerto Rico's food security. We are knocking on the doors of donors and foundations to cover printing and initial distribution expenses! These expenses are around $ 45,000. Do you know organizations that want to contribute? Do you want to contribute? Write to paula@plenitudpr.org.

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In Partnership with Siembra Boricua, we will be Offering Training in Agroecology and Permaculture for Future Farmers.

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We Continue to Create Resilient Communities

Our partner school, Luis Muñoz Marín High School, in Añasco has an eco-creative space that we have been developing with their students. This month we were blessed to install a 2,000-gallon cistern along with a solar-powered pump and an educational mural. This project is possible thanks to a grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Puerto Rico as well as the collaboration of graduate engineering students from the University of Cornell and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. On May 2, 2019 we will have a free workshop on the topic of rainwater harvesting. It will be offered at the school and will be open to the community.

Students from Cornell University and the University of Puerto Rico collaborated in the installation of the rainwater collection system.

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Agrotourism Tours by PLENITUD PR

At Plenitud PR we offer a different kind of educational tourism experience, and we have a Certification in Ecological Agrotourism granted by the Tourism Company of Puerto Rico. This month we were visited by Rachael and Nick, and they posted an entry on their blog about their experience at Plenitud PR. We invite you to check it out! https://nickgray.net/plenitud/. Thanks Nick and Rachael for booking a tour!

AmeriCorps VISTA Approves us for Another Year of Service

Plenitud PR was approved for 4 Americorps VISTA positions for another year! We are recruiting talented, dedicated, and honest candidates to fill these positions and join our team. Anyone interested in applying has until mid-June to do so. Write to jd@plenitudpr.org for more information.

Plenitud PR was Featured in a Documentary by Triple-S:

Feed your Body, Feed your Soul

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Para la Naturaleza and Rotary Club Visited Plenitud PR

In order to find alternatives for collaboration, we were visited by representatives of Para la Naturaleza and Rotary Club to our farm. Thanks for the nice time and for sharing dinner at the farm.

Representatives from Para la Naturaleza and Rotary Club during their visit.

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¡Abrázame y Vayamos Juntos!

Plenitud PR participated during the 2019 Easter Youth Event "Abrázame y Vayamos Juntos" of the Episcopal Church Diocese of Puerto Rico. Our young farmers Rebekah and Daimer provided their knowledge to more than 90 young people who learned about healthy soil, planting, the benefits of plants, and the consumption of vegetables. They even tasted golden milk made with tumeric! Thanks to members of the Youth Ministry Leaders for their support during this activity.

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Quote of the Month

“To trust in the force that moves the universe is faith. Faith isn’t blind, it’s visionary. Faith is believing that the universe is on our side, and that the universe knows what it’s doing. Faith is a psychological awareness of an unfolding force for good, constantly at work in all dimensions” (Marianne Williamson in Return to Love)

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Music for Inspiration!

God Can by The Staples Singers

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Thanks to the Open Society Foundation, Puerto Rico Sea Grant, and volunteers Eian, Madeline, Alejandra, and Luis for their collaboration this month; and thank you to Julio Andrés, Maite, and Amy for their generous donations!!

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A thousand thanks for all your support and love. Please continue to tell your family and friends about Plenitud PR and the work we are doing to build a better Puerto Rico and create a more sustainable future for our children.

PLENITUD PR

PO Box 394 Las Marías, PR 00670

787-247-1966 info@plenitudpr.org www.plenitudpr.org