ORO VERDE FOUNDATION
(Fundación Oro Verde Inc. / FOVI)
The “Oro Verde Foundation” is a
private non-profit organization, solely supported by idealistic
individuals. Our main focus is to research and implement sustainable
solutions for all aspects of tropical agriculture, and to promote a
conscious, natural lifestyle in general.
Besides establishing role model projects, we hope to eventually turn
“Oro Verde” into a movement of conscious, educated, free-thinking
agricultural revolutionaries. Although the process to cross over to a
fully sustainable and self-sufficient life is a difficult one that may
require temporary compromises, the essence of our eco-agricultural
mission is pure and will not be compromised.
The mission of the Oro Verde
Foundation is based on Sadhu Govardhan’s book, “Oro Verde – Securing
the Future of our Food”.
Its primary concerns and goals are:
1) To practice and spread the concept of holistic,
2) To establish organic seed banks
for tropical vegetables, herbs, fruits and bamboo.
maintain an educational, bi-lingual web site about sustainable,
4) To co-operate with and support alternative
farmers in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
5) To support the
unification process of alternative, eco-organic farmers in Puerto
Rico and the Caribbean
6) To connect with and help conventional
farmers to switch to organic practices and new tropical crops.
promote and educate about sustainable practices of growing food
and medicine and construction material.
support NGO’s dedicated to sustainability and sustainable agrarian
help improve the current status of farmers in the Caribbean.
10) To help cause a change in the food industry – from the
currently dangerous centralization to an autonomous
GETTING INVOLVED IS EASY –
NOW IS THE BEST TIME!!
|Even the smallest support means a lot
to us. There has never been a time as important as now to get
involved in sustainable agricultural projects; they are
life-saving and urgently needed. Be part of making history!
You can get involved on various levels:
spread the message of “Oro Verde – Securing the Future of our
2) Help as a volunteer (web site work, tropical
farming, fund raising)
3) Donate resources (land, seeds,
literature, funds, etc.) to the OVF and become an honored
supporter of OVF
4) Become an active OVF supporter ($100
per year) and receive a 15% discount on all your Govardhan
CURRENT PROJECTS (2009):
Sustainable Agriculture Workshops
We will hold regular workshops about topics ranging
from working with bamboo, to growing medicinal plants, setting up
sustainable home gardens or exploring new tropical food crops with
If you would like to participate as a student or speaker, please
contact me (Sadhu@coqui.net). To
stay updated, please check the “Oro Verde Workshops/Seminars” page
Tropical Heirloom Seed Bank
We do have ideal contacts to establish the first major
tropical heirloom seed bank in the Caribbean. Now we are looking for
land, infrastructure, manpower and financial support to set this seed
bank up. Any location in the Caribbean is suitable for us. Let us know
if you are interested in support or collaboration.
This project was started by Magha Garcia at the Art
Gallery in Rincon in the beginning of 2009 and completed in May 2009.
With the help of some dedicated volunteers, Magha transformed a
previously neglected and overgrown backyard into a diversified,
vibrant eco-garden. If you want to contact Magha, write to
ORO VERDE BLOG
For Spanish readers:
ENITAB – FOVI COLLABORATION
June-August 2009: Berenice Bois, a student of ENITAB (Nationale
d’Ingénieur des Travaux Agricoles de Bordeaux) conducted a study in
collaboration with the Oro Verde Foundation. Her goal was to identify
the required local initiatives to strengthen the emergent community of
small scale eco farmers in Puerto Rico. Her research results will be
posted here shortly. We thank her for her important work of
contributing to Puerto Rico’s agriculture.