Aside from serving as knowledge providing and life skill enhancing facility for children, school is a significant place which educates and improves livelihood of surrounding families and communities. World Vision Foundation of Thailand, with support by Easy Buy under Easy Buy…for Thai Society Project, has joined hands in “UME Plus...Integrated Farming for Sustainability to Reach Rural Area”, held at Ban Khutan School in the implementing area of Kap Choeng LPA, Surin province. 1-Rai Life Changing Integrated Farming Plot has been supported for this Thai-Cambodian border school to enable children to have a farming plot for lunch which is cooked from safe ingredients from their own farm. Children also get to learn agricultural occupation skills, which may be adapted further in their household or in the future. Most importantly, an integrated farming learning source is established for the community members to learn from and adapt in their farming areas.
1-Rai Life Changing Integrated Farming Plot at Ban Khutan focuses on 3-term plant growing. Short-term plants include vegetables which are full-grown and can be harvested within 45 days. They can be cooked as breakfast or lunch for children at school. Mid-term plants, including banana, lime and papaya, are crops which are full-grown and yield produce since they reach 4 -6 months old. Long-term plans are perennial fruit trees, such as coconut and mango, which take as long as at least 2 years to be full-grown and yield fruits. However, the produce is continuous for a long period of time. Not only provided financial support for the activity, but Easy Buy has also sent a team of volunteers led by Mr. Hitoshi Yokohama, CEO, to travel for miles to hand over the project and participate in planting vegetables and trees in the integrated farming plot with the students, as well as providing additional useful knowledge, e.g. on producing bio-fertilizer and compost in theory and practice to help nourish soil and plants, reduce production cost and increase produce. The volunteer team has also taught the students to graft lime trees and to process produce from the farming plot, such as banana and coconut, to make banana crisp and sweet dried coconut snack. These are useful skills for the students to generate extra income or to adopt as their occupation in the future, as well as to adapt in preparing lunch for children. The activity went amidst pleasant atmosphere with warm welcoming from the students, teachers, parents, community and representatives from the local government organizations.
Easy Buy and UME Plus have collaborated with World Vision Foundation of Thailand to run development projects in the needy areas for more than 4 years to promote school as the comprehensive farming learning hub for community and students to enhance learning and agricultural occupation skill training based on the innovative farming theory to move toward sustainable development in the future.