December 2016


Happy Holidays! 

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Ministry of Agriculture Presentation

On December 5th, MealFlour was invited by a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture to present our program to group of 75 women in Almolonga, a town neighboring Xela. The Ministry of Agriculture provides nutrition classes and skills building workshops in Almolonga, and in 2017 they would like MealFlour to be part of the trainings they provide. The women loved the mealworm cookies and were interested in the idea of farming insects for food. We are continuing to work with the Ministry of Agriculture to set up a training program in Almolonga beginning in 2017. 

Presentation in Xela at El Infinito

El Infinito is an organization in Xela that educates people on protecting the land, food, and culture of Guatemala. On December 11th, we were invited to host an information session on the MealFlour program so that people from around the city could learn more about our work and mealworm farming in general. In 2017, we will help El Infinito set up their own mealworm farm so that they can compost food scraps, and so that we can have another farm from which to collect starter packs to give to communities participating in the MealFlour program.

Updates from Candelaria

Our participants in Candelaria have officially completed the MealFlour training program. This month's classes included how to turn the mealworms into a protein rich powder, a cooking class where we made mealworm powder banana pancakes, and our graduation ceremony. To ensure the farms are sustainable and producing a high yield, MealFlour will continue to meet with each woman once a week in 2017 to answer questions, listen to their feedback, and learn how they are incorporating mealworms into their meals. 


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