AGROECOLOGICAL FARM (‘Eco Farm’)
The AgroEcological Farm (EcoFarm) aims to contribute to food self-sufficiency, preservation of the environment and sustainable development, through:
- Using and promoting sustainable organic farming practices (organic inputs, compost, crop rotation, erosion control)
- Promoting the diversification of dietary habits and quality of foodstuffs
- Preserving and regenerating natural resources and food heritage
- Promoting and preserving biodiversity (seeds, relegated species)
- Supply most of ComCentre‘s food requirements
Agroecology, or permaculture, as a life ethic and agricultural technique, is an integral, holistic form of agriculture that promotes both the enhancement of natural processes to increase the production of healthy and nutritious foods, as well as the conservation of natural resources, soil fertility, clean water, biodiversity. Agroecology allows people to regain their food self-sufficiency, security and health.
Agroecology is not a setback but a modern agricultural system, which integrates the latest advances in biotechnology, animal science, plant science, soil science; it also valorizes the social role of the peasant (whose production must be remunerated on its true value and be self-sufficient).
Organic Farm: horticultural crops
The Organic Farm encompasses the following components:
- Organic (bio) FarmGrowing of vegetables, legumes, pulses and fruit trees (horticultural cultivation), corn, beans and chili. Organic techniques will be applied, avoiding the use of biocides (herbicides, insecticides, and acaricides), recreating an ecosystem sustained by crop diversity, crop rotation and the addition of organic fertilisers. A low cost drip irrigation system will be installed.
- Forest nursery
- Greenhouse (low-cost)
- Tunnels for growing vegetables
- Hydroponic vegetable garden (low-cost)
- Composting unit (solid waste, earthworm-compost)
Animal Husbandry Unit
In the Animal Husbandry Unit cows, goats, pelibuey sheep, pigs, hens and chickens will be raised; beehives will also be built.
Additionally, in the Animal Husbandry Unit students will holistically observe and analyze the main issues involved in animal production: animal nutrition, fodder, preventive health and hygiene, diseases, genetics, animal reproduction, facilities, products and derivatives, animal economy.
Beehive and Honey Unit
Production of honey, wax and propolis.
Production of cheese (fresh, Dutch, strand [Oaxaca-style], with herbs), yoghurt
Bread, biscuits and ‘macarons’ making