Dasha Gaian, RussiaI have been interested in environmental as well as food quality issues for a few years and have participated in green projects in Moscow, Russia, while living there. Having recently moved to Brazil, I met Joanna Campe here and was immediately drawn to apply my skills to the development of this wonderful organization, so I have joined the team as a Media Coordinator as well. For now I am bringing the remineralization information to Russian farmers and gardeners remotely, through Internet and volunteers.
Organic farming and certification in the very early stage of development in Russia, and those rare stores in big cities that do sell organic produce are importing it from Western Europe and Asia. At the same time, a lot of city dwellers have "dachas" - small lots of land just outside of the city where they grow fruit and vegetables for personal consumption, usually without the use of chemical fertilizers. I hope to reach the larger farmers as well as policy makers and to revive Russian agriculture with remineralization in the near future, but for now the private gardeners and small farmers appear to be the target audience.
Aside from my work as a regional coordinator, one of the projects I am effecting is the creation of worldwide database as well as an interactive Google map of rock dust sources. Also, we are currently working on a small documentary about remineralization in Brazil, interviewing leading academics as well as farmers that are using rock dust in their work.
Russian-speaking volunteers are always welcome to take part in our projects, regardless of their skill level.