Local workers finish harvesting green beans, radish and cabbage from the Seeds of Tomorrow greenhouse in Tactic, Guatemala.
Local workers finish harvesting green beans, radish and cabbage from the Seeds of Tomorrow greenhouse in Tactic, Guatemala.

An idea that took root in the summer of 2012 has grown into a fully functioning community improvement project in Tactic, Guatemala. Casey Houweling, the chief executive officer of Camarillo, Calif.-based Houweling's Tomatoes, watched his Seeds of Tomorrow Project materialize into a source of fresh vegetables for the students at Impact Ministries.

Houweling wanted to educate children in the hunger-stricken area how to produce fresh vegetables, but hit an obstacle with regional weather conditions. Heavy rains prevented crops from taking root in the fields, so Houweling partnered with Kubo Sustainable Greenhouse Projects to build a greenhouse that allowed vegetables to thrive.

Since its completion in July, the students have harvested peas, carrots, green beans, Swiss chard, onions, cabbage, beets, tomatoes and peppers from the greenhouse.

Along with an improved diet, the greenhouse also offers the Impact students an educational opportunity that was previously unfeasible.

“The Seeds of Tomorrow Project is doing more than feeding the children; it is doing more than providing an education … it is an inspiration to our students and to many others who are watching this develop,” said Impact Ministries field director Les Peters, in a news release.