Centro Madre News
Many university agriculture professors are sending their students to Centro Madre to study the success of this national model of small scale sustainable agriculture. A class of 27 students from the University of Higuerote learned about the reproduction and management of plantain and guava from Dada Atmapranananda. Ten doctoral students studied our irrigation system that uses water from the canal behind our land to fill up a water tank from where the water is pumped to the vegetable garden and the guava nursery. Although we have a well now, the pump we need is not available.
Six agriculture students from Mision Sucre extension program are doing their internship in Centro Madre by cultivating an area of 200 square meters using intensive agricultural methods. Their goal is to harvest one ton of tomatoes and other vegetables, and they will donate to us all their sales income.
Forty students from the University for Senior Citizens came to learn about medicinal plants and organic agriculture and received a delicious vegetarian lunch. Two of their students returned during Easter Week to work as volunteers and learn about yoga and meditation. Ten educators from the International School also came for a day, as did a group of 40 yoga students.
A new farmer's RPLA cooperative was formed with 15 farmers, bringing the total of producer co-ops in Barlovento that we have organized to eight.
Centro Madre produces a variety of food items from fruits, vegetables, and root crops. We need to process and preserve them professionally, for which we need to buy a food dryer produced in Venezuela. The cost is $800 plus transportation. Please give generously so that we can help more.
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