This course is designed for:
- People looking for ways to improve the quality of their food.
- People who want to live a more sustainable, meaningful life closer to nature.
- People who want to live a more simple life growing their own food, even if they have no land.
- History of conventional farming and problems with our present food system
- Principles of organic farming, soil /plant relationship, law of return, diversity, rotation, etc.
- Value of organic matter in the soil
- Composting: urban Invisible composting, trench and hole methods, cold urban composting, hot composting, Bokashi, and microorganism traps
- Green manures and using legumes
- Visit to the Environmental school
- Plant associations and companion plant rotations, plant families and garden planning project.
- Plant nutrition
- Organic fertilizers
- Seed saving
- Principles and ethics, design, multiple use species, integration of resources, composting toilets, alternative energy, biotechnology, etc.
- Permaculture design project
- Liquid fertilizers and vinegars
- Worm farming
- Soils and soil testing
- Permaculture design presentations
- Weeds and wild foods
- Traditional use of the moon calendar in agriculture
- Mulch gardening
- Double dig gardening-French intensive method/No dig gardening
- Natural farming
- Pest and disease management- Student presentations
- Identification of virus, fungal, bacterial, deficiency and insect problems.
- Traps and repellents, natural insecticides, beneficial insects etc.
- Organic standards and certification
- Land restoration - conversion to Organic Agriculture from a conventional system
- Biodynamic farming, history, principles, cosmic influences, preparations
- Animal welfare and organic animal production
About the course:
- The course is accepted in most universities as credit for your studies. We are help fill out any evaluation forms that you might need.
- Some Spanish skills are useful, but not a requirement. Some of the practical work may be done with Spanish speakers.
- Course Hours: Monday through Friday, 6.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Daily schedule: The day begins with practical work; feeding the animals before breakfast; then classes are 8.30-4pm, with lunch breaks from 12-1:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday free.
- Course dates 2015:
- May 19 - June 13 (IN SPANISH)
- July 20 - August 14
- November 9 - December 4
Accommodation: Shared rooms in cozy cabins constructed from primarily local materials, bedding is provided. Volunteers can bring their own mosquito net if they want one. Toilets and showers are in separate buildings.
Meals: 3 meals per day 7 days a week. Vegetarian and white meat served.
Airport pickup: Not included, but can be arranged.
Pre-departure Orientation and Onsite Training: Volunteers receive a comprehensive orientation on safety and security, culture shock, and about being a volunteer in their project. At the farm, most of the training is hands-on and takes place before working on specific projects or chores.
Support: 24/7 during your study time.
What's not included:
Flights, visas, insurance.
- US$1500 ($1300 if booking and payment is made three months before the starting date)
- All Registration Fees are included in the price above.