VIDA is the Himalayan Institute's campaign to reduce life-threatening dietary diseases through organic home gardening and nutritional counseling in rural Mexico.
How VIDA works
Each participating family is paired with a nutritional counselor who visits them at their home to develop healthy meal plans and teach the basics of good nutrition.
We provide seeds and technical know-how to help families construct high-yield raised bed gardens. Their input of time and energy makes the garden grow.
The harvested crops bring new nutritional value to each family's diet. Surplus yeilds are sold in markets or retained as seed-stock to expand gardens.
A VIDA activist is someone who is committed to staying involved with the campaign. As an activist, you will receive email updates on our progress on the ground, upcoming VIDA events, and activism resources. If an activist event is taking place in your city, we may call on you to volunteer or help us promote it.
We've identified 2,500 people as a critical mass needed to re-introduce the methods of high-yield organic farming into Mexico's Totonac region. The cost of this capacity building is $10 per person. To create momentum for up-scaling the project, we need a strong, grassroots network of at least 500 VIDA activists.