BioNica – Center for Training, Research and Demonstration

Training and Research Center

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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 also get some hands-on practical experience in digging beds, making compost, transplanting seedlings and harvesting crops.

The Centro Biointensivo is managed by Javier Silva in consultation with John Beeby, Michael Richardson and John Wyss.

As of August 2014, there are 63 biointensive beds (630 square meters / approximately 6300 square feet) at the training and research center, with the goal of 100 beds (1000 square meters) by November 2014. The biointensive beds are designated as:
Research Beds, (photos)
Certification Beds, (photos) or
Demonstration Beds.

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.

MARCH 2013
Marzo 2013

AUGUST 2013
Agosto 2013

AUGUST 2014
agosto 2014

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

Extension Training

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The Centro de Capacitación, Investigación y Demostración del Método Biointensivo de Cultivo en Nicaragua (CCID en Nicaragua) 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.

Certification: Grower-Instructor

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The core mission of the Centro de Capacitación, Investigación y Demostración del Método Biointensivo de Cultivo en Nicaragua (CCID en Nicaragua) 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 2014, the CCID en Nicaragua will expand to include practical hands-on training and experiences in: 1) seed saving; 2) agro-forestry; 3) beekeeping; 4) food nutrition (cooking with vegetables); and, 5) food preservation.