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An Organic Farm as the Road to Financial Independence

Organic Farming

By Barbara Manconi

An organic farm as the road to financial independence

The saying goes: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” 

It started as a “feel good” trip, the chance to make a difference in someone’s life, even if just for a weekend. A team of volunteers travel to Baja, Mexico, to tour a couple of orphanages…play soccer, do crafts with with the kids, help make lunch, hold the babies in need of love and soft words, hang out, and have fun.

One can’t help but feel overwhelmed…there would be so much to do, but how do you make a difference, a real difference, in teh lives of children surviving int he most extreme conditions of poverty, in less than 48 hours? How can we make change last?

How about we help the orphanages build an organic farm, grow their produce, feed their kids and sell the excess to become financially independent? The idea was generated during one of these trips to Mexico where, among volunteers, a group of engineers, lawyers, venture capitalists and business analysts asked the question and tried to find a solution. A sustainable one.

“ChangeFire’s mission is to create sustainable, scalable and locally-led volunteer projects that last beyond the exhaustion of funds donated;” says Johnny Duda, president and co-founder of ChangeFire, the organization that took the team to Mexico. “We have developed a strategy that …

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