Motivated by what she’d started, Serina expanded her home garden. She started vegetable nurseries and diversified her crop selection even further. She even started selling excess produce and seedlings to her neighbors, making enough money to buy two rabbits.
“No visitor comes to my home and leaves empty handed,” Serina said. “I have something for everyone. If you can’t afford pumpkins you can afford black nightshade.”
Her DIG facilitator, Andrew, was inspired by her growth. He worried that because she was older and was initially looking for money through the program, she might not give it a real try. But, he was happy to report, “She is so adaptable!” “She has really learned new ways of growing. I have seen that many older farmers are stubborn and struggle to adopt new technologies, but look at her compound. It is filled with vegetables and that brings her many visitors.”