August 12, 2013

Greenhouse in Jagodina

On Sunday, July 21, representatives of the charity organization Serbs for Serbs visited the eleven-member Stojanovic family from Vinoraca, near Jagodina. At the end of 2012, our organization built a greenhouse for the family, and in April of this year, we provided them with 800 tomato seedlings. We dropped by to see how things were progressing.

Goran Stojanovic is growing organic tomatoes and expects a good yield from the plants. While this is good news, the problem is that he has to keep his market price low, as he faces stiff competition from imported vegetables, which are of a far inferior quality. Goran's longterm plan is to start selling processed tomatoes. His first step is to obtain a certificate guaranteeing that his produce is organically grown.

After visiting with Goran, we took the opportunity to visit the Josanica monastery, dating back to the time of Duke Lazar. Our guide, prior Evtimije, told us of the history of the monastery. Destroyed and re-built a number of times, it today consists of two dormitories and work buildings. The main part of the monastery is the church with the wooden steeple, dedicated to St. Nicholas.

Our donation to the Stojanovic family illustrates how it does not take much to help a family get back on its feet, and on the road to self sufficiency. If any of you would like to reach the family directly, and place orders for their organic tomatoes, please let us know by contacting us at:  

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