Agriculture Program Grows
In 1990, Dan and Ann Pattillo donated a now 35-year-old tractor in memory of his mother to Rancho el Paraiso. After 25 years of loving care, “Miss Floree” is worn out. Because a versatile, powerful tractor is critical to the overall success of ranch operations, HOI has decided upon a John Deere four wheel drive tractor with a front end loader, a disc harrow for plowing, a sprayer for weed and pest control, and power auger for installing fences.
The uses of the tractor include preparing new pastures on the 1,200 acres of land recently donated to HOI, allowing for an additional 250 head of cattle and doubling the size of the current herd; putting in several miles of new fencing using the power auger for cattle enclosure and boundary security; expanding the dairy operation to generate more sustainable income for the ranch, along with beef production; preparing fields for the expanded planting of crops at the ranch for consumption, training and education, and sale; and finally for landscape maintenance with bush hog and mower deck capabilities.
This equipment will help facilitate our agriculture ministry’s efforts to train local farmers and ranchers in modern techniques to improve nutrition levels and economic status. The HOI agricultural program forms and operates cooperatives and associations to foster group learning and support while generating a significant income stream to contribute to the sustainability of all HOI’s ministries in Honduras.
The total cost of the equipment will be $60,000. HOI has received a generous matching grant for $20,000 to jump start fundraising efforts. To make a gift towards the tractor purchase, please contact Jerry Eickhoff.
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