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Working on a Sustainable Land


Red Dream team has been working on the sustainability of the land for the conservation garden. Miss Huong Nguyen is our expert in this field. Some details of the field work.

Purposes:  to lessen chemical fertilizer use and enrich soil fertility (especially in chemical-contaminated area)

Procedure: ~45 days

Mix: Cattle dung (1000 kg) + Rice brown (50 kg) + Rice husk charcoal (20kg) + Alcohol ferment (0.3 kg) (all the components’ amount are approximate)

The mixture was stored in cool, dry place and in close-mouthed bags (recycle from fertilizer or seed bags) to encourage fermentation; checked every day or every other day and mixed in open area if material temperature exceeds 65C. (At the beginning, daily mixture is required but lessened during the whole period). The end product is odorless and fine, possibly with white fungus hyphae.

Note: rice brown is used to feed bacteria in alcohol ferment and thus could be alternated with disease-free plant materials (plant residue or grass).

Usage: basal and top dressing, as much as needed. Application can be as much as 1 kg/m2/year” for soil fertility improvement. In case of eggplant, a single plant need 20kg from sowing to harvest.

The farmers in the pictures are applying “Bokashi” compost to artichoke. They saw more vigorous plants compared with limited fertilizer investment practice. The plants are expected to be less susceptible to pests and diseases (more updates will be provided later as the plants grow bigger).




Volunteer Position



We are opening a volunteer position for the next months. Please see the details and let us know if you are interested (send email to vmglopes@gmail.com).

Project objective:
The RED DREAM project is looking for an enthusiastic and creative full time volunteer to aid in the development and management of a newly created community house / market / conservation garden in Taphin Village, Sapa, Lao Cai, Vietnam
Project description:
The position will see the volunteer living in the village (very basic conditions) and working with the community and community groups, as well as local government. The primary goal will be to create a sustainable governance structure with the community that will see that the community house’s activities are generating income and remain sustainable. The position will also require the candidate to work with the community to develop partnerships with tourism private sector and other partners. Finally the selected person will also be working collaboratively with a volunteer conservation garden expert. It is expected that a sustainable form of governance and management be set up by the time the position is complete
Preferred skills:
It is expected that the candidate will have experience in tourism, governance, product development, training, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, collaboration, planning, marketing, business, and / or conservation. The candidate should have experience in working with other cultures, and be extremely culturally sensitive. A basic grasp of Vietnamese and English is also very important.
Please see more details:


I am a passionate woman who follows her dreams. My strong personality and sensitivity is a reflection of the soul of this project. I arrived in Vietnam in October 2010 for a voluntary period, looking for a balance in my life, I just realized how important is the ethical and sustainable meanings in life, people and work.
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