Birthday-Heifer Program

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In honor of our clients who share their birthdays each month, OakWood is donating to a fantastic cause.

 

Llama
 

 

gardeners

 

piglets
 

 

 

 

JUNE
Thanks to their unique padded hooves, llamas and their alpaca cousins are gentle on the soil where they graze, making a positive environmental impact.

Llamas provide wool, prized for making blankets, ponchos, carpet and rope. They are also used as pack animals, and their wool can be sold for income.

The milk llamas provide is lower in fat and salt and higher in calcium than cow or goat milk.

MAY
This Gardners Basket features tree seedlings, rabbits, chickens and a hive of bees as part of an integrated farming approach. Training consists of animal care, fertilization and growing techniques.

  • Boosts production by providing compost and fertilizer.
  • Provides organic pest control as chickens get rid of bugs and worms.
  • Pollinates crops for a more abundant harvest.
 

APRIL
Piglets can be sold for anywhere between $50 and $250 USD in most countries, which provides many farmers the ability to purchase clothing, schooling, and other important necessities.

Most pigs live 10-15 years and can thrive on crop and garden by-product scraps while the average sow can provide 16 or more piglets a year, making it a viable and long term path to sustainability for Heifer recipient families.

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The core of the Heifer projects model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities. The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance. 

Their values-based, holistic and community development approach focuses on: increasing income and assets, food security, nutrition, and environmental adaptability. No single organization and no number of isolated projects can address the systemic causes of poverty and hunger. Their approach involves enhancing the capacity of vulnerable small-scale farmers, especially women, to secure their livelihoods and achieve self-reliance. Their work reaches communities as close as Arkansas and as far as Africa, Nepal, and Haiti.

Families will be trained in animal care and agriculture so their children have healthy, balanced diets.