FIELD SCHOOL 2017 – PERMACULTURE AND BIOINTENSIVE-AGROECOLOGY
Facilitation by the teachers of the Asociación para el Desarrollo Agroecológico Regional and allied organizations of the Biointensive Movement of Central America
Since 2012, the core mission of BioNica has been to provide training in best practices in sustainable small-scale agricultural – particularly carbon-intensive methods to develop and maintain soil fertility in the tropics so that the soil is capable of growing crops without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
In August 2015, the Biointensive-Agroecology Training Program was transferred to our trainers under a new Nicaraguan-based organization: the Asociación para el Desarrollo Agroecológico Regional (ADAR).
1) agricultural technicians working with non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) that have small-scale agricultural projects;
2) small-scale growers; and,
3) university faculty and students in agronomy.
By partnering with other organizations (international, national and local), training is provided in all parts of Nicaragua, including the two autonomous regions of RAAN and RAAS.
Contact John Wyss (ADAR) for more information about organizing a workshop.
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Click here for more information about the Certification of Growers and Instructors.
BioNica and ECHO are in the implementation phase of a “seed availability and diversity system” for small-scale growers in Nicaragua.
Our objective is to:
1) diversify the supply of seeds available to small-scale growers by introducing an assortment of vegetables, legumes and grains; and,
2) diversify the inventory of staple crops by introducing varieties from countries with warmer and drier climates, including Africa and Asia.ECHO Seed System
Brad Ward leads the ECHO Central America/Caribbean Regional Impact Team.
Six biointensive growers in Nicaragua have begun producing open-pollinated seeds for future distribution to organizations and small-scale growers who practice biointensive-agroecology methods.Click here for more information about the BioNica Network of the Growers of Seeds.
Educational tours are available throughout the year at the Centro Agroecológico Biointensivo located at km 30 of the Tipitapa–Masaya Highway. The tour includes demonstrations of the basic principles of agroecology and the biointensive method of small-scale agriculture. Visitors also may acquire practical experience in digging beds, making compost, transplanting seedlings and harvesting crops.
To organize a visit to the Centro Agroecológico Biointensivo contact Javier Silva (President-ADAR).
Research Beds (photos)
Demonstration Beds. (photos)
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