Las Palmas Pineapple Plantation

Have you ever had a garden? Some tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, maybe even zucchini? From your garden you got fresh vegetables, better nutrition and less money spent at the grocery store. Our children’s villages each use their gardens and farms to accomplish the same goals. Several of our projects have been able to use their farms to offset their operating costs.

A Baby Pineapple From Las Palmas

A Baby Pineapple From Las Palmas

Our Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic has recently begun growing pineapples on their farm for on-campus consumption and for sale to the public. A few weeks ago we received a report on the progress of our pineapple project from Mario Lora, our business manager at Las Palmas.

A pineapple almost ready for harvest

Almost Ready For Harvest

Mario told us the first harvest of pineapples from their original planting of 22,000 plants was excellent. In fact, the number of pineapples harvested was so great they had a hard time selling them all. The extra crop was given to the homes for their use and as Mario puts it; “Our children did get the opportunity to eat pineapples in abundance—more than we could count.”

The second harvest produced very good results as well. Buyers have commented that the Las Palmas pineapples are unequaled in quality and of superior size.

Three harvested pineapples sitting on the kitchen table

Examples of Our Pineapple Crop

Currently the Las Palmas pineapple plantation is in its third cycle of planting with a total of 25,000 plants in the ground. This staggered planting cycle assures that the pineapples will be available throughout the year. This number of plants also provides Las Palmas the ability to recycle the harvest into new plantings thus eliminating the cost of buying new seedlings for each new planting cycle.

What is needed now are resources to expand the plantation as demand dictates. Right now, we are the lone farm in our area growing pineapples. This means there is no market to which we can sell any plants we can’t reuse in a new planting. Those plants must be plowed under. Rather than plow under these plants we would like to be able to use them to expand the plantation or, in the future, sell them.

Field of growing pineapple plants

One of Our Fields of Pineapples

We would deeply appreciate your help, large or small, in growing this pineapple enterprise. It not only benefits the children of Las Palmas, through cost savings it also provides the resources for us to expand the reach of ICC. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help. Thanks again for all you do for “His Kids.”

Thank for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director
ICC

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