Sowing Opportunities is born and the journey continues!

In January 2015 – our family embarked on a personal journey that brought us to Chajmaic, Guatemala.

When we realized the need of the entire village, Chajmaic, population 1,750 (2015) – remote and destitute in rural Guatemala – we began the project that has today become a nonprofit organization, Sowing Opportunities.

Para ellos es una gran bendicion ya que este proyecto les da esperanza y deseo de salir adelante todos juntos como una gran familia.
Hector Ricardo San José

Sowing Opportunities’ beginnings

Sowing Opportunities’ beginnings

  Sowing Opportunities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, formed in 2018 by Fern and Ginny Remedi-Brown of Malden.  The idea came following the inquiry in 2011 of their then six-year-old daughter, Maya, who was...
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Guatemala Travelogue, March 2023

Guatemala Travelogue, March 2023

This is a travelogue of Fern's visit to Guatemala for the purpose of advancing the Agricultural, Water for Food and Water Security, and the Building Project for a Gathering Space for Eastern Alta Verapaz, Guatemala:...
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Life in the Mountains

Life in the Mountains

Q’eqchi’ communities’ identity is connected to and their culture is deeply related to the mountains, especially in terms of their religion, such as with mountain spirits, dating back to pre-colonial history. (Wilson, pp. 13-14) View...
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2022 Local Festivals

2022 Local Festivals

Visit our Events page! Sowing Opportunities has participated in spring and summer 2022 in local festivals to introduce our mission to Malden, Melrose, and Revere residents, and to raise funds through donations in exchange for...
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Earth Day 2022

Earth Day 2022

On Friday, April 22, 2022, Sowing Opportunities held an Earth Day event in front of The Gallery@57 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The event included discussing our mission and work in the remote indigenous village...
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Guatemala Travelogue, May 2022

This is a travelogue of Fern's visit to Guatemala for the purpose of advancing the Innovative Solutions to Create Sustainability project for Chajmaic, Guatemala. Please see May 14, 2022 newsletter for details on the visit...
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Agricultural solutions address migration due to poverty and lack of economic opportunities

Agricultural solutions address migration due to poverty and lack of economic opportunities

In April 2021 U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris met with Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei to discuss "the causes of irregular migration and that cause Guatemalans to leave their homes in search of better development opportunities." (LaHora.gt) ...
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How Success Will Be Measured with the Greenhouse Project

How Success Will Be Measured with the Greenhouse Project

Training in specific agricultural techniques and greenhouse maintenance will be documented through a pictorial manual (note that illiteracy is high).  Trainees will prove their knowledge by setting up and maintaining greenhouses properly.  This will be...
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How Climate Change Affects Chajmaic’s Food Insecurity and Sowing Opportunities’ Agricultural Solution

How Climate Change Affects Chajmaic’s Food Insecurity and Sowing Opportunities’ Agricultural Solution

Extreme conditions in Central America are leading to food insecurity and lack of employment, which in some cases, causes youth to flee the region, seeking work elsewhere. The dry corridor has been affected by climate...
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Malden Garden Supports Building Greenhouses in Guatemala

Malden Garden Supports Building Greenhouses in Guatemala

Malden Garden Supports Building Greenhouses in Guatemala Growing and sharing our local food to make an impact around the world! Last year's  "World Water Day" (March 2021) we decided to celebrate our contributions to water...
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Sowing Opportunities’ Innovative Solutions to create Sustainability

Sowing Opportunities’ Innovative Solutions to create Sustainability

Sowing Opportunities' Innovative Solutions to create Sustainability, and help reduce Poverty and Malnutrition in Chajmaic, Guatemala On March 15, 2022, our agricultural engineer, Federico Arriola Cuéllar, traveled to the indigenous, remote village of Chajmaic to...
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Indigenous Mayan artisanal Crafts

We are very excited to tell you about an opportunity to give a beautiful gift to your loved one or yourself while supporting Sowing Opportunities sustainability projects as well as indigenous Mayan artisans. Now you...
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Mayan Artisans

Mayan Artisans

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Beautiful Guatemalan fair trade handicrafts: #GivingTuesday / #GivingBack is here!

Beautiful Guatemalan fair trade handicrafts: #GivingTuesday / #GivingBack is here!

Do you live in Massachusetts, or are you planning a visit? Are you looking for the perfect gift for a special someone?  Perhaps for yourself? Do you wish to benefit those in need? Would you...
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Plants for Sale to Benefit the Village of Chajmaic, Guatemala

Plants for Sale to Benefit the Village of Chajmaic, Guatemala

Would you like to help our neighbors to have groceries or sustainable agriculture? You can do both through your monetary donations or purchasing a plant for your home or office! Here are our current offerings...
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#GivingTuesday is #GivingBack / The Tree of Life campaign

#GivingTuesday is #GivingBack / The Tree of Life campaign

While our primary focus has been on developing a sustainable agricultural project which includes sending an agricultural engineer who will provide training for building and maintaining a greenhouse – we need to wait until it is...
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Summer 2021 Plants & Sustainability Project

Summer 2021 Plants & Sustainability Project

Melrose Farmers' Market video, promoting Sowing Opportunities! The Melrose Farmers' Market is done for the season, but... Sowing Opportunities, is offering beautifully arranged plants for donation. These begonias can be grown on your window sill...
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Prayers requested for Chajmaic as Covid encroaches

Prayers requested for Chajmaic as Covid encroaches

Dear Friends, We are deeply saddened to learn that our key personnel, Alfonso and Lety, in the village of Chajmaic, have contracted Covid.   Due to the extreme Covid outbreak in Guatemala, there are no...
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Successful Malden Summer Festivals, Melrose Farmers’ Markets, & Fall Fairs (June-October, 2021)

Successful Malden Summer Festivals, Melrose Farmers’ Markets, & Fall Fairs (June-October, 2021)

Thank you to the City of Malden for their initiative in creating the Malden Summer Festivals.  They were a lot of fun and successful!  Sowing Opportunities gave away plants to the community, made new contacts,...
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Earth Day 2021 celebrated at The Gallery @57

Earth Day 2021 celebrated at The Gallery @57

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovXBdBRu0DY&t=4s Photos from the May 23rd event at The Gallery@57:   https://youtu.be/bojko-d2j8U              
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