Remember Lucio? He lives on a farm in the practically barren Andean Highlands of Peru, and I was lucky to meet him on my trip this past August. (Two other blog posts here and here about Lucio and his farm.)

Lucio is a great example of the determination and innovativeness of Heifer's project participants. A constant agricultural experimenter, Lucio has many gifts to share. His primary way of doing so is by holding workshops on his property, where he can show other farmers how to grow vegetables in greenhouses (potatoes are traditionally the only crop successfully grown in this area, so this is a really big deal), harvest fish sustainably from a stream, breed alpacas for only the finest qualities and collect alpaca manure for use as biogas.

We recently had staff from our Heifer Peru team, and I discovered they have a video that will help bring Lucio to light in a way my own words cannot. It's a little on the long side, but I think it's worth it.

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Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.