We're really lucky to have the support of two Very American companies- Johnny's and Homesteader's Supply - for our Women's Cooperatives in 2015.
Johnny's is helping us with our Seed Libraries - an opportunity for village women to "check out" packets of OP seeds, grow them, eat and market the produce, and then "return" a packet of seeds to the library in autumn.
It will help women diversify their kitchen gardens while improving local economies and nutrition.
And it will help us test these fabulous seeds on the roof of the world.
Last winter, women supplying milk to a new cooperative producing cheese for summer sale to tourists visiting Ladakh asked me to help them find a great cheese press.
Well I found the ultimate cheese press. Literally - from Homesteader's Supply. Then when we had questions about using it, Homesteader's owner offered to walk through the entire process with me. Now two presses will be helping women from the far west and the far north of Ladakh bring tourist money back to their villages with value added products: Cheese and butter the way tourists like it - local, organic and delicious.
Cynthia will be blogging as she works with our Himalayan projects this year.