“Another world is possible. It is a call to return to the farm, to manual work in dialogue with the mountains, the harvests, the weeds, the animals, the sound of the stream and the whisper of the wind among the pines, the full moon and the waning, the constellations and brother sun. That is to say, it is the manual work of the gardener or farmer with spirituality, a call to the alchemical language of the gardener who understands the language of the birds, the continuation of the work of God: to live in harmony with neighbor and nature.”
Mario Mejia Gutierrez, National University of Columbia, Palmira
Since 1972 Ecology Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit has been researching, demonstrating and teaching the GROW BIOINTENSIVE (GB) Method: a biologically-intensive form of agriculture that uses simple, low-tech methods based on a best-practices approach of sustainable food production. The method is designed to be simple and accessible, easy to put into practice and is low-cost, non-polluting, maximizes agricultural yields, builds soil fertility and minimizes inputs of water, energy and fertilizers.
In the four-and-a-half decades since its inception, Ecology Action has initiated programs worldwide to help secure food sovereignty on a local-global level. We have worked with people in over 150 countries in virtually all climates and soils where food can be grown. Our programs are creating a new paradigm where individuals are trained and supported to empower themselves to increase their own health, as well as that of their families and their communities while protecting the environment and creating a “close-loop” organic approach to sustainability.
More than ever, the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method is proving that a new future is possible when communities are united in peace and sustainability, through our training in simple and accessible sustainable food production techniques.
We are hosting 2 summer programs that run concurrent with our 8-Month International Internship:
- 2-Month Summer Internship for students, farmers and gardeners interested in full-immersion in the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Technique. Our interns live on-site at one of our 3 Northern California research gardens and experience day-to-day life on a mini-farm, gaining practical hands-on experience as well as classroom instruction in sustainable agriculture.
- 9-Part Summer Course Series for those local to Northern California taking place on Saturdays from June 3rd-July 29th from 9am-3PM. Learn all aspects of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method through
hands-on, guided practice from our expert mini-farmers and certified teachers.
We invite you to join us this summer to explore the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method at our research, education and demonstration mini-farms in Northern California. We are each a vital part of the solution and together we can change the world!
Application Materials and Information can be found at www.growbiointensive.org. The application deadline is May 15th, 2017.
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