The Journey of Nutrition Garden in North Tomini

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Erna showed the results of nutrition garden from Family Welfare Movement (PKK) at Tomini North village, Central Sulawesi.

North Tomini is a small remote area in Parimo, Central Sulawesi. This area still doesn't have many nutrition sources for its villagers. To solve this problem, Wahana Visi Indonesia, a partner of World Vision in Parimo creates a program called Nutrition Garden.

The program starts with the reutilization of a wide empty land in North Tomini that could be easily accessed by the villagers. Many plots are made here and planted with many vegetable plants. This garden has successfully supply nutrition for many families in village. Besides, the vegetables could also be sold in market and the sales revenue is saved for village petty cash.

However, the landlord no longer lends his land for this program. That is why Community Care Group of North Tomini stops Nutrition Garden program for a while and moves to another program like buying tarp for some village activities, buying mug bean for baby's food in Integrated Post Service (Posyandu) Day, and loaning village fund for local residents who need it.

Still, vegetables are important for North Tomini residents. Considering this situation, local residents of North Tomini along with Wahana Visi Indonesia Parimo decide to re-open nutrition garden in a new place.

"Nutrition garden is actually very beneficial for us. We can consume vegetables from nutrition garden and also sell them to Rabu market," said Aisya, a member of Community Care Group in North Tomini.

After an intensive meeting held by Wahana Visi Indonesia Parimo office and Community Care Group, it is decided that nutrition garden will be re-opened in the hill. Although it is located in hill which is also far away from their settlement, North Tomini residents are very enthusiastic to plant vegetable plants there.

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