The activities at the Biointensive Agroecology Center promote the United Nations “International Year of Soils (2015)“. Read more: Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life
Educational tours are available throughout the year at the Biointensive Agroecology Center 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 may get hands-on practical experience in digging beds, making compost, transplanting seedlings and harvesting crops.
As of January 2015, there are 65 biointensive beds (650 square meters / approximately 6500 square feet) at this training and research center. The biointensive beds are designated as:
Research Beds (photos) and
Demonstration Beds. (photos)
In addition to the biointensive gardens there are ninety fruit and nut trees in the Edible Forest.
To organize a visit to the Biointensive Agroecology Center, contact Javier Silva.
Click here for the Biointensive Agroecology Center webpage for more information.
The 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.
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 Training and Workshops webpage for more information.
The core mission of the 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 principal 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) Best Practices in Sustainable Agriculture – Biointensive Agroecology
2) Continuing Education Certificates
3) Instructor Certification
4) Apprenticeship Program
In addition, the CCID BioNica has 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.