Week 1

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 mulch

Week 2

Plant associations and companion plant rotations, plant families and garden planning project – Plant nutrition – Organic fertilizers – Seed saving – Permaculture principles and ethics, design, multiple use species, integration of resources, composting toilets, alternative energy, bici-technology, etc – Permaculture design project

Week 3

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/No dig gardening – Natural farming

Week 4

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 – Bee keeping

Other activities

  • Making jewellery out of palm seeds and Vegetable Ivory
  • Shrimp fishing in the river
  • Making fresh Baño Negro (a local clay face mask)
  •  Horse-riding to the forest to see howler monkeys
  • Troncal del Pacífico, Ecuador
  • Jul 23, 2018 at 07:00 AM -
    Aug 17, 2018 at 05:00 PM
  • $1200
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