The Centro de Capacitación, Investigación y Demostración del Método Biointensivo de Cultivo en Nicaragua, Inc. (BioNica) provides comprehensive knowledge and skills – through hands-on training and experience – on how to reclaim depleted soil – “Grow the Soil” – so the soil can grow 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 of agronomy.
BioNica and ECHO are building a network of seed growers and seed distributors so as 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.
What do donations support?
Donations fund extension activities in which agricultural technicians trained through BioNica visit small-scale growers and community-based garden projects to provide on-site technical support.
Donations fund workshops at the Center for Biointensive-Agroecology training and research center in Nicaragua and also at the locations of small-scale farming projects supported by other non-governmental organizations and local cooperatives.
Donations make available seeds and minerals to small-scale growers.
Donations make available publications and audio-video materials about small-scale organic agriculture to agricultural technicians and small-scale growers.
Donations fund scholarships for agricultural technicians and small-scale growers who do not have the means to participate in training workshops.
How to donate
By Check – You may send a check payable to “CCID en Nicaragua” addressed to:
Michael A. Richardson
100 Kinderhook Street
Chatham, New York 12037
By Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal –
Contact Michael Richardson for more information about making a donation.
The Centro de Capacitación, Investigación y Demostración del Método Biointensivo de Cultivo en Nicaragua, Inc. (BioNica) is a corporation as defined in Section 102(a)(5) of the State of New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. BioNica is a Type B corporation pursuant to Section 201 of the State of New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.
The BioNica is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and is qualified to receive tax deductible donations and bequests under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. The federal tax identification number is 46-1555608.
The BioNica is classified as a “public charity” under 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.