Best Practices in Sustainable Agriculture – Biointensive Agroecology

Biointensive Agroecology Center

nuevo salón de clases

New Classroom

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 also may acquire practical experience in digging beds, making compost, transplanting seedlings and harvesting crops.

MARCH 2013
Marzo 2013The Biointensive Agroecology Center is managed by Javier Silva (ADAR) in consultation with John Beeby (BioNica) and Michael Richardson (BioNica).

AUGUST 2013
Agosto 2013As of May 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)

AUGUST 2014
agosto 2014In addition to the biointensive gardens there are ninety fruit and nut trees in the Edible Forest.

SEPTEMBER 2014
Centro huertos y flores (Sept 2014)To organize a visit to the Biointensive Agroecology Center contact Javier Silva (ADAR).

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Training and Workshops

Bluefields Compost

Bluefields, RAAS – 2014

The CCID BioNica and the Asociación para el Desarrollo Agroecológico Regional (ADAR), provide 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.

Taller Ometepe - certificado

Isla de Ometepe – 2015

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.

Intensive Planting 3

Leon -2012

Contact John Wyss (ADAR) for more information about organizing a workshop.

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Certification: Grower-Instructor

continuing educationThe 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).

Estudiantes de Citalapa (enero 2015)1) Best Practices in Sustainable Agriculture – Biointensive Agroecology

2) Continuing Education Certificates

3) Instructor Certification

4) Apprenticeship Program

Reunion de apsirantes (29-8-2014)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.

Apicultura 3Click here for more information: Certification of Growers and Instructors