First UMC Colorado Springs helps build learning center in Nicaragua

April 24, 2017
Story and photo submitted by the Rev. Chuck Stephens
Minister of Missions, First United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs

Fourteen members of First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs traveled to the farming area of Chacraseca outside of Leon, Nicaragua, the last week of March. While there, some of us built a latrine, served in the medical center and a micro loan sewing center. Our main project was completing the placement of the tile flooring at the Community Farm Learning Center. 

The Community Farm Learning Center is a space for collaborative learning and training on innovative agricultural practices. Due to the support of several Just Hope partners, farmers will soon be able participate in workshops and field experiments, putting techniques learned into practice on their own farms.

Now with the completion of the open-air classroom space – made possible by an $8,000 donation from Kinsley Congregation in Kansas and the equipment space donated by First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs – we will be able to pilot the first phase of experiments: heirloom seed harvesting, inter-cropping, earthworm and humus production, homemade organic fertilizers, and much more! Having a space where ideas can come together for simulation allows us to determine viable solutions for farmers.