In this intensive course we focus on sharing and putting into practice tools for the design, organization, implementation and management of Family and School Garden projects on small and medium scale operations.
Based on the principles of Agroecology and the Permaculture Design Process, we learn how to observe and interact with our environment, to have a better understanding of how natural systems work where we live and where we want to implement our garden for food production and educational goals.
- know how to carry out simple and useful soil conservation practices.
- have the knowledge to be able to improve and maintain the fertility of agricultural soils over time.
- be able to design, implement and manage a Family or School Garden.
- deepen their connection, interaction and overall relationship with Mother Earth.
This course is not just about learning the theories of what needs to be done, for example, in ecology or technology. This course is about providing the participants with the social tools that allow them to realize their visions through developing a deep sense of community and support networks for sustainability.
It includes active learning, the development of practical skills and experiential learning based in the field.
Students become designers of sustainability processes and agents of change, taking an active role in the transition of their communities, organizations, institutions and neighborhoods towards more sustainable methods of production and consumption, as well as constructing more joyful, meaningful and healthy lives.
Young people can acquire knowledge and analytical skills to design a society that uses energy and resources with great efficiency, which distributes wealth in a fair and balanced way ensuring the survival and well-being of future generations.
The course is aimed at:
- young leaders, natives and inhabitants of rural and urban communities of the Mesoamerican region, between the ages of 15 to 25 years old.
- young Mesoamericans that do not have the economic resources to pay for their educational training.
- young people who live in “red” areas, with high rates of social violence, inequality and poverty.
- young leaders interested in learning theoretical and practical principles to design and manage agroecological food production systems, from seed to the processing of crops, on small and medium scale operations.
- young leaders who want to learn, reinforce their knowledge and promote the implementation and ethical management of agroecological food production systems.
- young leaders who want to develop new skills and perspectives.
- associations, organizations and ecological movements who want to support young people from their communities to learn basic and necessary tools for ecological sustainability focused on small and medium scale agroecological based agriculture.