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Local man’s farming project in Afghanistan taking off

By Cheryll A. Borgaard / The Daily News

Kent Preston hasn’t yet seen the fruits — or the vegetables — of his effort to get seeds into the hands of destitute farmers in Afghanistan. But the project has been flourishing.

“We haven’t seen any crops yet. It was still raining when I left (in mid-May) and they should have been planting right before then,” Preston said Thursday during a five-week break visiting friends and family here. “We should see germination pretty soon.”

Preston, who has daily contact with the local farmers in his job with a government security contractor in Afghanistan, started a project in January asking local people and charitable organizations to send seeds that he could give to subsistence farmers. Since then, he’s received “hundreds of boxes” of seeds in all sizes.

“Some people sent envelopes, some sent shoeboxes, some sent computer boxes,” said Preston, 30, a 1998 Toutle Lake graduate.

He said shipments have included a variety of vegetable seeds, wheat and corn.

“I’ve also gotten a good amount of potatoes, both seeds and sprouts,” he said.

In an e-mail he sent to several of the donors in April, he told them of an Afghani man, Monhim Shah, a day laborer at Preston’s base, who also works many hours a day trying to provide food for his seven children.  Original Story here

June 4, 2010 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , ,

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