Educational tours are available throughout the year at the Centro Biointensivo training and research center located at Km 30 on the Tipitapa–Masaya Highway. The tour includes demonstrations of the basic principles of the biointensive method and agroecology. Visitors may get hands-on practical experience in digging beds, making compost, transplanting seedlings and harvesting crops.
As of November 2014, there are 65 biointensive beds (650 square meters / approximately 6500 square feet) at the training and research center. The biointensive beds are designated as:
Research Beds, (photos)
Certification Beds, (photos) or
In addition to the biointensive gardens there are ninety fruit and nut trees in the Edible Forest.
To organize a visit to the Centro Biointensivo, contact Javier Silva.
Click here for the Training and Research Center webpage for more information.
The activities at the Centro Biointensivo promote the United Nations “International Year of Family Farming (2014)“. Read the Resolution Adopted by the UN General Assembly
The Centro de Capacitación, Investigación y Demostración del Método Biointensivo de Cultivo en Nicaragua (CCID BioNica) provides comprehensive knowledge and skills on how to reclaim depleted soil – “Grow the Soil” -so the soil is capable of growing a diversity of nutritionally balanced crops. Participants include:
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 Michael Richardson for more information about organizing a workshop.
Click here for the Extension Training webpage for more information.
The core mission of the Centro de Capacitación, Investigación y Demostración del Método Biointensivo de Cultivo en Nicaragua (CCID BioNica) is to provide training in sustainable small-scale agricultural practices for agricultural technicians working with non-governmental organizations that have small-scale agricultural projects and also for small-scale growers. The overall objective is to demonstrate how to “Grow the Soil” so as to produce more food in less space (más alimentos en menos espacio).
Click here for the Certification of Growers and Instructors webpage for more information about:
1) Three-Day Basic Workshop
2) Continuing Education Certificates
3) Five-Day Instructor Certification Workshop
4) Apprenticeship Program
In addition, the CCID BioNica has established partnerships with other organizations to provide practical training and experiences in: 1) seed saving; 2) agro-forestry; 3) beekeeping; and, 4) food preparation, preservation and storage.